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  • Library Binding: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (28 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606862197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606862193
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,114 customer reviews)
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" His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"
" Vivid, eloquent . . . The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy's] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
" One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal." -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
" Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness. . . . Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. "The Road "offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be." -- "The New York Times"
" No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption. . . . [McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most." -- "The Boston Globe"
" There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull . . . making [The Road] easily one of the most harrowing books you'll ever encounter. . . . Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order for the characters to stay alive. . . . The Road" "is a deeply imagined work and harrowing no matter what your politics." -- "Bookforum"
" We find this violent, grotesque world rendered in gorgeous, melancholic, even biblical cadences. . . . Few bookscan do more; few have done better. Read this book." -- "Rocky Mountain News"
" A dark book that glows with the intensity of [McCarthy's] huge gift for language. . . . Why read this? . . . Because in its lapidary transcription of the deepest despair short of total annihilation we may ever know, this book announces the triumph of language over nothingness." -- "Chicago Tribune"
" The love between the father and the son is one of the most profound relationships McCarthy has ever written."
-- "The Christian Science Monitor"
" The Road" "is a wildly powerful and disturbing book that exposes whatever black bedrock lies beneath grief and horror. Disaster has never felt more physically and spiritually real." -- "Time"
" The Road" "is the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written." "-- Newsweek"
" It's hard to think of [an apocalypse tale] as beautifully, hauntingly constructed as this one. McCarthy possesses a massive, Biblical vocabulary and he unleashes it in this book with painterly effect. . . . The Road" "takes him to a whole new level. . . . It will grip even the coldest human heart." -- "The Star-Ledger "(Newark)
" McCarthy is a gutsy, powerful storyteller. . . . The writing throughout is magnificent." -- "Chicago Sun-Times"
" Devastating. . . . McCarthy has never seemed more at home, more eloquent, than in the sere, postapocalyptic ash land of The Road,,"" . . Extraordinarily lovely and sad. . . . [A] masterpiece." -- "Entertainment Weekly"
" His most compelling, moving and accessible novel since All the Pretty Horses, ,"" . . McCarthy brilliantly captures the knife edge that fugitives in a hostile world stand on. . . . Amid this Godot-like bleakness, McCarthy shares something vital and enduring about the boy's spirit, his father's love and the nature of bravery itself." -- "USA Today"

& quot; His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period.& quot; -- San Francisco Chronicle
& quot; Vivid, eloquent . . . The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy's] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization.& quot; -- The New York Times Book Review
& quot; One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal.& quot; -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
& quot; Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness. . . . Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. The Road offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be.& quot; -- The New York Times
& quot; No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption. . . . [McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most.& quot; -- The Boston Globe
& quot; There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull . . . making [ The Road ] easily one of the most harrowing books you'll ever encounter. . . . Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order forthe characters to stay alive. . . . The Road is a deeply imagined work and harrowing no matter what your politics.& quot; -- Bookforum
& quot; We find this violent, grotesque world rendered in gorgeous, melancholic, even biblical cadences. . . . Few books can do more; few have done better. Read this book.& quot; -- Rocky Mountain News
& quot; A dark book that glows with the intensity of [McCarthy's] huge gift for language. . . . Why read this? . . . Because in its lapidary transcription of the deepest despair short of total annihilation we may ever know, this book announces the triumph of language over nothingness.& quot; -- Chicago Tribune
& quot; The love between the father and the son is one of the most profound relationships McCarthy has ever written.& quot;
-- The Christian Science Monitor
& quot; The Road is a wildly powerful and disturbing book that exposes whatever black bedrock lies beneath grief and horror. Disaster has never felt more physically and spiritually real.& quot; -- Time
& quot; The Road is the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written.& quot; -- Newsweek
& quot; It's hard to think of [an apocalypse tale] as beautifully, hauntingly constructed as this one. McCarthy possesses a massive, Biblical vocabulary and he unleashes it inthis book with painterly effect. . . . The Road takes him to a whole new level. . . . It will grip even the coldest human heart.& quot; -- The Star-Ledger (Newark)
& quot; McCarthy is a gutsy, powerful storyteller. . . . The writing throughout is magnificent.& quot; -- Chicago Sun-Times
& quot; Devastating. . . . McCarthy has never seemed more at home, more eloquent, than in the sere, postapocalyptic ash land of The Road . . . . Extraordinarily lovely and sad. . . . [A] masterpiece.& quot; -- Entertainment Weekly
& quot; His most compelling, moving and accessible novel since All the Pretty Horses . . . . McCarthy brilliantly captures the knife edge that fugitives in a hostile world stand on. . . . Amid this Godot-like bleakness, McCarthy shares something vital and enduring about the boy's spirit, his father's love and the nature of bravery itself.& quot; -- USA Today

"His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Vivid, eloquent . . . The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy's] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness. . . . Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. "The Road "offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be." --"The New York Times"
"No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption. . . . [McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most." --"The Boston Globe"
"There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull . . . making [The Road] easily one of the most harrowing books you'll ever encounter. . . . Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order for the characters to stay alive. . . . The Road" "is a deeply imagined work and harrowing no matter what your politics." --"Bookforum"
"We find this violent, grotesque world rendered in gorgeous, melancholic, even biblical cadences. . . . Few books can do more; few have done better. Read this book." --"Rocky Mountain News"
"A dark book that glows withthe intensity of [McCarthy's] huge gift for language. . . . Why read this? . . . Because in its lapidary transcription of the deepest despair short of total annihilation we may ever know, this book announces the triumph of language over nothingness." --"Chicago Tribune"
"The love between the father and the son is one of the most profound relationships McCarthy has ever written."
--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"The Road" "is a wildly powerful and disturbing book that exposes whatever black bedrock lies beneath grief and horror. Disaster has never felt more physically and spiritually real." --"Time"
"The Road" "is the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written." "--Newsweek"
"It's hard to think of [an apocalypse tale] as beautifully, hauntingly constructed as this one. McCarthy possesses a massive, Biblical vocabulary and he unleashes it in this book with painterly effect. . . . The Road" "takes him to a whole new level. . . . It will grip even the coldest human heart." --"The Star-Ledger "(Newark)
"McCarthy is a gutsy, powerful storyteller. . . . The writing throughout is magnificent." --"Chicago Sun-Times"
"Devastating. . . . McCarthy has never seemed more at home, more eloquent, than in the sere, postapocalyptic ash land of The Road,"," . . Extraordinarily lovely and sad. . . . [A] masterpiece." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"His most compelling, moving and accessible novel since All the Pretty Horses,"," . . McCarthy brilliantly captures the knife edge that fugitives in a hostile world stand on. . . . Amid this Godot-like bleakness, McCarthy shares something vital and enduring about the boy's spirit, his father's love and the nature ofbravery itself." --"USA Today"

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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 it try. I'm so glad I wasn't put off by some of the negative reviews. The Road is beautiful, thought provoking, compelling and life affirming. I hesitate to say it was a pleasure to read given the tone and subject matter but I recommend this book to anyone who is prepared to engage their brain and open their heart.

McCarthy's writing emotionally tied me to the characters without the usual writing conventions I'd expect, life doesn't necessarily provide us with nice neat answers or resolutions to things especially in this case where nothing is normal and will never be so again. Why worry about fripperies when all human life has been cleaved down to the barest essentials, the novel's style and prose reflects that in many ways. I was fully immersed in the story from the start, it's not a long book, it was easy to follow the various exchanges and the story flowed beautifully. But be warned it's emotionally draining and very bleak, it hurt my heart to read some of the passages, this truly frightening world McCarthy brought forth will live me for a long time.

Forget the whys and wherefores of how the earth reached this hellish state, that's honestly not important. The Road is basically a love story between a man and his son, McCarthy dedicates this book to his own little boy at the start and it's abidingly clear that the primary focus for the reader should be on this relationship and its development, it positively burns through the pages.
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I actually came to Cormac Mccarthy's ' The Road ' after watching the film that was based on the book. Also I'm a big fan of the post apocalyptic setting.

The environment this book creates is fantastic. The bleakness if the world literally coming off the pages and it's easy to find yourself there. It's also easy to get drawn into the depression of it all and the hopeless situation encountered by the characters rubs off on the reader. It's tough going sometimes, but it's not without a sense of hope. The relationship between man and boy is amazingly done and considering the lack of any other characters ( apart from a few brief meetings ) it's credit to the writer to keep the whole thing interesting.

It's a fantastic journey through a bleak well imagined world. Although maybe not the happiest of tales it's a fascinating insight into a fathers love and determination to do whatever it takes to give his child some kind of life no matter how poverished. I will definitely seek out other titles by the author.
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I found this book difficult to put down. It's written in one complete narrative chronicling the journey of a nameless boy and a man. In some senses, not a lot happens, but that's not the point. The book explores the relationship between man and boy in the face of untold disasters. A very moving book.
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Bought after seeing the film and enjoyed as much as the film. Bleak and grey, excellent end of the world sombre mood. A great read.
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I've re-read this many times since buying it. A thought provoking and poignant read.
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Astonishing story. Such a beautiful read.
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Dark brilliant book - couldn't put it down. Cormac McCarthy the best writer around
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Best book ever!!!
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