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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road (2006)

by Cormac McCarthy

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    psybre: Earth Abides, a classic post-apocalyptic novel published in 1949, is a bit less dark, and as an ecological fable, contains more science than The Road. When pondering to read The Road again, read this book instead.
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    The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Kosinski & McCarthy were born 5 weeks apart in 1933 and were ages 6-12 during WWII. Both books are dark violent fables told from a child's view.
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    tottman: Both are dystopian novels with engaging and driven main characters. They are bleak but extraordinarily moving and compelling.
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    hazzabamboo: Two post-apocalyptic masterpieces, with much of their power coming from their focus on a couple of characters and the exotic horrors that threaten them.
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Amazing. It left me depressed but that's not a bad thing. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
Interesting story of a man and his boy walking through a post-apocalyptic world. The story concentrates more on the relationship the father has with the son. The prose has a flow that resembles poetry. Words in this book were carefully picked and emphasizes every moment. There is no filler. This book makes you sit back and think about what it means to be a father, a human being in charge of a young boy and the morals that are enlisted to a parent in times of less. ( )
  selinalynn69 | Aug 19, 2014 |
This book is dark, cold, and depressing; yet, there is an ethereal sense of hope that permeates throughout.
When I say dark and cold, I mean it more than for most books referred to that way. I have struggled with depression and anxiety in the past, and I had to set the book down periodically to keep going.
In the end, however, this book "carried the fire" through to the ending, and I don't regret reading it. ( )
2 vote zhyatt | Aug 7, 2014 |
Nothing compared to Blood Meridian, like his other awful recent work, The Road makes no excuses for its predictable plot events (mad max cliche meets steinbeck sentimentality) McCarthy's work is really about the language but even then, his ability to plumb interior depths through words is far and away the exception to a screenplay-style rule with "picture the actor" dialog and "picture the screen" prose. Takes about as long to read as a watching a movie too, which is to say, not a lot to ponder here, just march through it til it's done. As literature, this is no Melville, no Steinbeck, no Hemingway, and no good. ( )
  pilastr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Bleak and somewhat violent, in McCarthy's inimitable style. If you like his work, you will like it. ( )
  KRoan | Jul 25, 2014 |
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But McCarthy’s latest effort, The Road, is a missed opportunity.
Like Steinbeck, McCarthy shepherds his protagonists from an apocalypse of man's making into a hell where man himself is the scourge. Like Steinbeck, McCarthy never holds more than a fistful of scavenged victuals between his heroes and death. And like Steinbeck, McCarthy conjures from this pitiless flight the miracle of unswerving humanity. Astonishingly, this is a book about grace.
added by eereed | editThe Telegraph, Chris Cleave (Nov 12, 2006)
With only the corpse of a natural world to grapple with, McCarthy's father and son exist in a realm rarely seen in the ur-masculine literary tradition: the domestic. And from this unlikely vantage McCarthy makes a big, shockingly successful grab at the universal.
added by eereed | editSlate, Jennifer Egan (Oct 10, 2006)
“The Road” is a dynamic tale, offered in the often exalted prose that is McCarthy’s signature, but this time in restrained doses — short, vivid sentences, episodes only a few paragraphs or a few lines long, which is yet another departure for him.
Post-apocalyptic fiction isn't automatically better when written by Cormac McCarthy, but he does have a way of investing genre clichés with fine gray tones and morose poetry.
added by eereed | editA.V. Club, Noel Murray (Oct 5, 2006)

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When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.
He'd not have thought the value of the smallest thing predicated on a world to come. It surprised him. That the space which these things occupied was itself an expectation (149).
From daydreams on the road there was no waking. He plodded on. He could remember everything of her save her scent. Seated in a theatre with her beside him leaning forward listening to the music. Gold scrollwork and sconces and the tall columnar folds of the drapes at either side of the stage. She held his hand in her lap and he could feel the tops of her stockings through the thin stuff of her summer dress. Freeze this frame. Now call down your dark and your cold and be damned.
He pulled the boy closer. Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.

You forget some things, don't you?

Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.
It took two days to cross that ashen scabland. The road beyond fell away on every side. It's snowing, the boy said. He looked at the sky. A single gray flake sifting down. He caught it in his hand and watched it expire there like the last host of christendom.
He thought if he lived long enough the world at last would be lost. Like the dying world the newly blind inhabit, all of it slowly fading from memory.
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The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, some years – the period of time almost the same as the age of the boy – after a great, unexplained cataclysm.
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His world burned away,
A man walks seaward;
Tries to save the son.

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In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

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