- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330447548
- ISBN-13: 978-0330447546
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Road Paperback – 1 Jun 2007
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Mesmerising... The best novel I read last year was McCarthy's No County for Old Men. I shall be astonished if this year I read anything better than The Road. --Mail on Sunday
The searing, post-apocalyptic novel that has instantly established itself as a modern masterpieceSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The book is set in a post-apocalyptic future. Though it's never stated what exactly happened, the subtext suggests a nuclear winter following a war. The earth is burnt, all vegetation is dead and it rains and snows ash. The plot follows the journey of a man and his son towards the south in order to find somewhere they can do more than just survive. But as all food has now been plundered - this being several years since the disaster - they are always on the edge of starvation. They must travel without being seen, as most of humanity that is left has long since resorted to cannibalism to survive.
What this is really about though is the extraordinary relationship between man and boy. The lengths that the man will go to protect his son and see him through the other end. It is a novel that for all its darkness is full of love. And wow is this dark. Many authors have written about the end of the world/survival but I don't think I've read anything quite this bleak. The scenery is utterly symapathetic to the couple's plight. It is filled with an overpowering poignancy for things lost - birds, cows, blue seas.
This is a very sad but at the same time uplifting book. The language used is simple and the conversational parts between man and boy are deliberately kept short. A wonderful book that I couldn't put down until I'd finished.
Cormac uses words sparingly, and doesn't bother with a lot of punctuation or structure. It's almost modern narrative poetry, as per Bukowski et al. This makes it a more challenging read, but he drags you in, relentlessly. It is very bleak, it is very difficult, but he makes it work. I'm not going to give examples because it's worth finding out for yourself.
I read this almost entirely at night, in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in Devon, with everyone else asleep. And every night I went to bed drained by the experience of another chapter or so. If a book can move you to this degree, then what else can it be than a five stars?
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Dark brilliant book - couldn't put it down. Cormac McCarthy the best writer aroundPublished 15 hours ago by miss maria t bellak
I've never been so terrified of the future and so full of hope at the same time. Made me laugh, had me on the edge of my seat frantically flicking page after page, and reduced me... Read morePublished 17 days ago by S. Wallace
I knew very little about Cormac Mcarthy prior to reading this book. I'm going through a phase of consuming post apocalyptic stories and after much deliberation I thought I'd give... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Miss M Y Le Couvey
This is a very good book, well written and thought provoking. However it is unflinchingly dark. Best book I've read in a whilePublished 25 days ago by punakiaki
When you don't want any harm to come to the characters in the book, you know you have found a great read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by try a little mindfulness
The story is very much focused on a dad looking afyer his son and you get that from the start till the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me. And it's well worth a read. I think you start to think about it as you take this journey with them and think to yourself it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlie