'Both terrifying and beautiful, it is about...the best and worst
of humankind...[it's] impossible to recommend it too highly.' -- Waterstone's Book Quarterly
'Brilliant...the prose is of such beauty...An extraordinary tale
of humanity in ruins - one we should all read'
-- Daily Mail
'One of the most powerful novels of 2006...an indelible end-times
parable' -- 'Best Fiction of 2006', Observer
'Utterly convincing and pysically chilling... All the modern novel
can do is done here.' -- Guardian
The Road inspires. We are watching a late flowering of a great
American novelist. -- Independent on Sunday
The sense of desperation, fear and loneliness is superbly evoked.
The book is unremittingly bleak, but it's mesmerising.
-- Literary Review
There's always a kind of ecstasy in reading McCarthy...it's so
good that it will devour you...It is incandescent. -- Daily Telegraph
This novel is about love...a beautiful and haunting work...[a]
strange and compelling work, more prose poem than novel. -- Financial Times Daily Telegraph
Work of such terrible beauty that you will struggle to look away.
It will knock the breath from your lungs. -- The Times
`An epic prose poem...builds to such a pitch of mournful
incantation hat something like real grief pours out' -- Sunday Herald
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 grey. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they dont know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, each the others world entire, are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.