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The Road (book)

170 Ratings: 2.8
Cormac McCarthy's epic about a father and son who must survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

   The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed … see full wiki

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Genre: Horror, Apocalypse, Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf, Vintage
Date Published: (September 26, 2006)
53 reviews about The Road (book)
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Suspenseful and no-holds-barred account of the struggle to survive in post-apocalyptic America.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Dark, dark, dark. I love this book, but do yourself a favor and save this one for a sunny day. The bleak landscape that McCarthy paints is unforgettable.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
genius author. just started reading this one.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Devastating read throughout, but with an arguably hopeful end. McCarthy's prose really indulges in the desolation of this post-apocalyptic world, which does become tiring. The plot is suspenseful, engaging, and moving.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
I loved this book. It kept me completely engaged but is very dark.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
My favorite book ever. It is amazing. You'll never look at a can of peaches the same way.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This book reads very quickly. It is a gripping look at a man and his son and their struggle to survive after the planet has been destroyed. You don't want to miss this book.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Sparse and dark,but the language is beautiful,and the story and emotion are amazing.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
A great story of survival and developing understanding between a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting just so that it would be over. Masterfully written, extremely depressing.
review by . November 17, 2009
   I don't know what the hype was about this book. It is a very short book (230 thin pages that could easily be read in one sitting), which may explain why you are waiting for something to happen and then you are at the end before you know it and nothing does happen.   After some sort of world holocaust a father and his son wander around whatever is left just trying to survive while trying to avoid cannibalistic "bad people." Occasionally the father remembers his dead wife …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Any idea why they made this into a movie?? It was profound and hard and poignant as a book. I love McCarthy.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Extremely depressing.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
This book has the best visual writing of any book I have read. I kept my lights on the night that I read it. Yes, I finished it in one night- couldn't put it down!
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
The book is so much better than the movie. I read the book first, and so disagreed with the way the movie portrayed not only the atmosphere, but the characters. The book was more poignant because the boy was younger. It also allowed more personal visualization rather than being spoon fed images.
Quick Tip by . May 28, 2010
Bleak. Depressing. Fantastic.
Quick Tip by . May 26, 2010
Heartwrenching, captivating and fabulous. Couldn't put it down.
Quick Tip by . May 25, 2010
Read when you in a peaceful state of mind
review by . August 02, 2009
In this summer of luxuriant growth, I find myself thinking of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road,  because what I see around me is so different from the bleak post-disaster landscape McCarthy describes.  It is not clear in the story how long has passed since the grand cataclysm which has swept away civilization and normal life. We are told that it occurred before the boy at the center of the story was born, and he is clearly 8 or 9 as he and his father trudge across a moonlike landscape, …
review by . February 08, 2010
The Road won a Pulitzer Prize, so I knew it had to have something special about it. Also it's being made into a film, which is probably not the best advert. It has an intriguing cover though, with man and boy in a gray world in the rain, so, living in rainy Oregon as I do, I decided to give it a try and was immediately hooked: From the first bleak vista, a nameless man reaching out to check the breathing of a nameless child; through miniature scenes, each carefully crafted, no excess words to …
review by . May 15, 2009
Set in the post-apocalyptic world, the story of "The Raod" takes us on a journey with a father and a son who are trying to survive and find a place more suitable for life. As the novel unfolds, we follow them through an extremely bleak and desolate landscape of devastated and destroyed America. The landscape is sparsely populated with other human characters, most of whom are dangerous and a threat. The food supplies are scarce, and the characters are constantly on a verge of starvation. The nature …
review by . April 07, 2009
I don't know what the hype was about this book. It is a very short book (230 thin pages that could easily be read in one sitting), which may explain why you are waiting for something to happen and then you are at the end before you know it and nothing does happen.   After some sort of world holocaust a father and his son wander around whatever is left just trying to survive while trying to avoid cannibalistic "bad people." Occasionally the father remembers his dead wife (she committed suicide) …
review by . November 15, 2008
As Mary MacGregor sang on "Torn Between Two Lovers":     "There are times when a woman has to say what's on her mind   Even though she knows how much it's gonna hurt   Before I say another word let me tell you, I love you   Let me hold you close and say these words as gently as I can"     There are some aspects of this book that just didn't inspire me to run through the streets shouting "Pulitzer! Pulitzer!" This doesn't mean …
review by . November 04, 2008
The Road By Cormac McCarthy
This is the first Cormac McCarthy novel I've read. His odd styling reminds me vaguely of Selby. The novel is crafted in short, separated paragraphs with no punctuation for speech or thought, everything flowing into one line after another.     A nameless man and his boy walk the world after an unknown disaster, a world painted vividly bleak and gray. What few people are left are terrified of each other because of the rampant cannibalism. Canned goods are long since pilfered, food …
review by . January 30, 2007
This is a truly beautiful novel.     The scenario in which McCarthy places his characters - a post apocalyptic wasteland - seems so hackneyed that nothing of value could be wrung from it, but McCarthy's sparse elegance and unrelenting cinematic vision draws nourishment from this dead metaphor just as his main subject, an unnamed man (in this regard, as in many, McCarthy invokes his "Western" roots) draws nourishment from handfuls of dead chaff scratched from the floor of a barn.    …
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