The Road

McCarthy, Cormac

Paperback - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Road

Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2008
ISBN: 0307472124


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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them ... Read More »

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Mar 25, 2015
  • kaiseryang7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As good as I thought it would be. Dark and seductive prose.

Jan 29, 2015

One of the most frightening books I have read in years.

Jan 26, 2015
  • redmage rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Awesome book, easily one of my favourites, but definitely not for the faint of heart. This intense, dark and artistic novel is just… beyond words. for those who watched the movie and though that was dark, just wait till you read the book.

Jan 09, 2015
  • ilanaaq rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book though it was more “literary” than I expected. For example, none of the spoken words are in quotation marks, and dialogue tags are almost nonexistent, which makes it sometimes hard to follow who is saying what. I was constantly looking up words in the dictionary. I thought the detail and specific words used are what makes the writing so rich, though at times I felt the writing drew more attention to itself than to the story.
While the writing was rich, there was not a lot of arc to the plot – the man and the boy just kind of plodded south, sometimes encountering good luck and sometimes bad luck, but the impersonal and detached writing style made it feel plodding to read also. Not a bad book, and had the occasional interesting turn of phrase, but not a book I would go out of my way to read a second time.

Jan 05, 2015
  • 1aa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tingling with dread... a nightmare best kept fictional.

Nov 20, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is a good book.
dark, desolate, miserably depressing, creepy, beautiful.
it can be an allegory and a metaphor for everything.

Sep 13, 2014
  • gusmcrae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a way, it's appropriate that I finished this book on the anniversary of 9/11. That was a day that changed the world forever and perhaps fueled our fascination with dystopia and apocalypse. In The Road, several years have passed since the horrors that destroyed the landscape, burning up everything and making life impossible. A few survivors remain, scavenging what little food and clean water they can find to get by on (including, disturbingly, each other). Among these survivors are a father and son, who have set out on the road with a goal of getting to the ocean. The father has a hacking cough, hinting that his end may be near, but he does everything in his power to protect his young son and keep them moving down that road. Throughout their journey they face many horrors; it’s hard to imagine how one would even find the strength to keep going in a world where no hope remains. And yet, in each other, they find the will to keep going. At one point in the book, the author describes the pair as being “each other’s world entire.” In many ways, their love for each other is the only good thing remaining in the world.

This story is incredibly sad, but I think it is worth reading because of how much beauty it manages to show despite the fact that the world it contains has been burnt to little more than ashes. The innocence of the child and the love of the father for his son are a small light in the darkness, hinting that perhaps even if all seems lost, where Love remains, hope can still be found.

Aug 22, 2014
  • KingSalomon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I don't know what to think of this book. Its good, pretty interesting but the story is very sad. The thing that driver me crazy though was the author didn't use punctuation! Agggggg! Good book. Worth it I think.

Aug 11, 2014
  • mainjr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THE GIST: A father and his boy travel through a ravaged and scorched America, overrun with street gangs, rapists and cannibals, in a journey to follow the road to the ocean shore in search of lost hope, only accompanied by each other.

If someone had asked me how Cormac McCarthy’s hauntingly beautiful novel ‘The Road’ coloured me after reading it over the span of just three days, I might have said, “with 50 shades of grey,” but the novel is much too great to expend a cheap literary joke on. Indeed, McCarthy paints his post-apocalyptic burned-down America with a varied colour palette of grey, light grey, and dark grey, yet his prose and characters ooze vibrantly and he evokes all the emotions on the emotional spectrum with every sentence in this stunning exploration of human virtue.

“By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” This is one of many carefully crafted sentences in ‘The Road,’ that either hit you with uneasy fear, hopeless brooding, head-thumping adrenaline, or a sliver of hope with the help of McCarthy’s razor sharp vocabulary. However, one thing to note is that he discards almost all uses of punctuation save the period, his immersive writing as sparse as the setting itself.

The plot of the ‘adventure’ (the plan to get to the ocean shore) is a sneaky Trojan horse to showcase The Road’s characters: the father and son (who are never named) are the true stars of the show. The short philosophical dialogues they exchange throughout the novel are the bones of the novel, which explore themes like hope, fear, death and love, in such a way that a family man and philosophy university professor can both take something out of it.

Read it. Then read it again. Yes, ‘The Road’ makes virtually every other book in its genre look like ’50 Shades of Grey.’ I may be exaggerating, but I am not exaggerating when I say I believe it is one of the finest achievements in modern literature. 10/10

Aug 04, 2014
  • jwilson01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book is kind of slow but was worth it in the end. It's one of those books that you think about when it's done and you're like, okay...that was good. The movie is pretty good too, but the kid in it is annoying. You would think a kid who grew up in that environment would be tougher than this character!

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Jul 19, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A boy and his father struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic United States.

May 03, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book club, apocalypse, cannibalism, fathers and sons, Nuclear war, survival, hard to read


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Aug 22, 2014
  • KingSalomon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: Mild. A man is shot in the head, some injuries.


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Jun 12, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

. . . more punishments than crimes. . .

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