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The Road

McCarthy, Cormac (Paperback - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Road

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Authors: McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-
Title: The road
Publisher: New York :, Vintage,, 2008
ISBN: 0307472124
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Report This Mar 27, 2014
  • DutchieRenske rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story that leaves you wondering ... It wasn't 'fun' to read, but it kept me reading until the very end. Sometimes creeping me out, sometimes touching me. A different kind of book I normally read but surely a good book!

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • dkrmwiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

you don't really read this book, you watch it in your head. very powerful, never leaves you, only read it once. it's like the lovely bones. i've seen this movie, but not the lovely bones yet. not sure if i can... i was so tired after reading it (in a good way), i wonder how tired he was after writing it...

Report This Aug 10, 2013
  • coastalkate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is at the top of my all time great books list. Will never read it again though, it is that powerful and disturbing. Brilliantly written, and if you are a parent it will wrench you. Worth reading, just for the story-telling skill displayed.

Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While I finished this book I found it to be rather slow and mundane. I cannot recommend it to other teenage readers. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Report This Jul 02, 2012
  • galactickim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book hard to put down. Just read it!

Report This Apr 03, 2012
  • lindseyluce rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this novel. It is about a man and his son trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world. The story mostly focuses on the relationship between father and son with the backdrop of the end of the world. It can be a bit slow in the beginning but quickly picks up. There are some disturbing issues that are addressed but it makes sense in this story. I highly recommend this book.

Report This Mar 16, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to muster my strength to read this novel - I usually like to read something with a little 'ray of hope' and I was pretty certain that this book was not going to have one. "The Road" is the grim and incredibly dark story of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. They travel in search of the coast, scavenging food and provisions from the ashen wasteland. They are battered by the elements and careful to evade the gangs of cannibals who scour the land, preying on the vulnerable. The novel has stirred plenty of reflective thinking on my part - I marvel at the nameless protagonist's devotion to "keep carrying the fire" for his son in the most desperate setting one could ever imagine. McCarthy's writing style is stark yet poetic. My favourite lines (they gave me shivers): "At the tide line a woven mat of weeds and the ribs of fishes in their millions stretching along the shore as far as eye could see like an isocline of death. One vast salt sepulchre. Senseless. Senseless."

Report This Jan 31, 2012
  • NanoEagle19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was an excellent book. Not too often do you get a book that starts in the middle of nowhere, and it works well. This book begins with a scene where the unnamed father and son are already on their journey. Their relationship makes this a good choice not only for an avid reader, but to an audience that wants to know about a close relationship. This father-son bond drives the two to the limit. It is impossible to explain how powerful this novel is without actually giving anything away. It does start off a bit slow, but once you’re a couple of pages into it (I’d say around 30), it gets really really good. Highly recommend

Report This Dec 13, 2011
  • moon_magic rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is really about "the father" and "the son" and their glorified relationship. The apocalyptic setting is just an excuse to overtly indulge the exaggerated sentimentality men reserve for their homoerotic bonding. Nothing much happens in this book except for the father and the son walking down a road towards a warmer region (the sea) so they can survive another winter, and looking for any food along the way, and trying to avoid other bands of people who might turn out to be cannibals. "The man" is always telling "the boy" that he will do anything to protect him. And "the boy" just keeps repeating "okay". Most of the book is just this choppy dialogue constantly implying the great bond between father and son. This book had potential. But McCarthy's classic male fixation on the father-son relationship as something of a holy miracle is just cliche, lame, and annoying. If you're into that, then perhaps you will like this book. Otherwise, don't waste your time and read something else.

Report This Nov 22, 2011
  • mmcken rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book, a fast read and deeply moving story.

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Report This Mar 16, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

everydayathena thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Report This 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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  • drewsattack rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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