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The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International) (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Cormac McCarthy

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Title:The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
Authors:Cormac McCarthy
Info:Vintage (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

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Devastating story of a boy and his father trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic landscape. From highly acclaimed author. Got the 2007 Pulitzer. Couldn’t put it down. I read it all night and finished the next day. ( )
  starlight17 | Mar 19, 2019 |
Very disturbing and depressing. Sorry....can't recommend this one! ( )
  BookLove80 | Feb 21, 2019 |
Astounding use of sparse language to create a bleak and desolate world. Captivating and darkly fascinating story and writing. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
This novel has been on my 'to be read' pile for almost ten years. Friends had told me how distressing they had found it and I kept waiting for the time when I felt strong enough to tackle it. Eventually I got there. This is a sombre and dark novel with just a flicker of hope for the future and the love of father and son to bring any joy at all. I was there with the two of them every step of the way in the grey, ashen landscape and the cold and hunger. I am glad to have read it but I'm not sure I would ever go back to it. ( )
  Tifi | Feb 11, 2019 |
Who, if not McCarthy, would describe a father-son journey in a post-apocalypse world in search of warmth, love, and a touch of humanity. In the style of biblical writing and archetypal figures, McCarthy paints a gloomy, gray and cold world that has lost all human dignity, in which the father and son are the bearers of a single torch which, with an indirect divine command, must pass the flames on until a new and better world created.

Another world that McCarthy draws is the inner one of father and son. A black and white world of color, hope, and despair, weakness and strength. A beautiful and cruel world full of beautiful words, written in the finest.

This is a somber and depressing book with the light at its end not exceeding the view of a match, but as long as one can still see some light, than there is hope. ( )
  RUTHKOLOCKR | Feb 8, 2019 |
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But McCarthy’s latest effort, The Road, is a missed opportunity.
 
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)
 
But even with its flaws, there's just no getting around it: The Road is a frightening, profound tale that drags us into places we don't want to go, forces us to think about questions we don't want to ask. Readers who sneer at McCarthy's mythic and biblical grandiosity will cringe at the ambition of The Road . At first I kept trying to scoff at it, too, but I was just whistling past the graveyard. Ultimately, my cynicism was overwhelmed by the visceral power of McCarthy's prose and the simple beauty of this hero's love for his son.
added by eereed | editWashington Post, Ron Charles (Oct 1, 2006)
 

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McCarthy, Cormacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hirsch, FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Preis, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stechschulte, TomReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Testa, MartinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This book is dedicated to
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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.
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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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