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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Cormac McCarthy

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Title:The Road
Authors:Cormac McCarthy
Info:Vintage Books (2007), Paperback, 287 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:21st Century American Fiction, Post-Apocalypse, Pulitzer

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

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Well that was probably the most depressing and horrific thing I have read. It is so bleak and unrelenting. The ending lets up _just_ enough, and no more. I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone, really. Well, except for the fact it was incredible. It has that going for it. ( )
  funkaoshi | Jan 19, 2015 |
I can see why people can say it's amazing; I really can. It's just not for me. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
...difficile scrivere dopo aver letto di cosi' tanta distruzione.
Assonante con Cecita', di Saramago. Al suo contrario M. usa periodi brevi, secchi, semplici. Essenziali, come le parole che formano queste pagine. Dalla descrizione di luoghi bruciati, grigi, infangati emergono luminose le paure dell'uomo e del bambino, le loro tenui speranze e l'amore che li lega come unico germoglio verde in un mondo morto. L'autore toglie tutto, e lascia l'Uomo con le sue fragilità, fatte di orrori, miserie e violenza.
Se mai un giorno accadrà, M. ne ha scritto la storia. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
As I started this book, I immediately felt the sense that I was rereading The Gunslinger and that wasn't such a good thing since I did not particularly enjoy that book. As the book progressed, however, I settled into McCarthy's sparse prose. His story is simple but quite compelling and the setting is truly the protagonist of this book. The post-devastation wasteland is horrific and fundamental questions of quality of life, human existance, spirituality float in and out of the dialogue between father and son that central to the book. I had so many questions that were left unanswered like HOW? WHY? WHEN? WHO? WHERE? But then it was clear that none of this really mattered to the characters - only survival and keeping on keeping on down the road were what mattered. ( )
  kellifrobinson | Nov 25, 2014 |

While obviously not a book that everyone will enjoy, it's one that must be read.

The writing is sparse and bleak, perfectly matched to the gray and hopeless remnants of the dystopian world within the novel. It's monotonous in its execution, but rater than bothersome it serves to illustrate the endless monotony of a hopeless exodus.

It's brutal and raw and genius - the perfect recipe for a work of modern literature ( )
  zephyrsky | Sep 30, 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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