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The Road (2006)

by Cormac McCarthy

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30,883134571 (4.06)1 / 1489
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.… (more)
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Can't believe they are making this into a movie! Right up my alley, post traumatic America with a not-so-promising ending. Not a pick-you-up book. Great for survialist's who want to say, "I told you you should be ready!" ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
3.5 stars ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
Como nos intentaron vender con "Perdidos": no es la meta, es el camino. Bueno, en este caso es una carretera y una historia bastante introspectiva sobre un padre y un hijo en el invierno nuclear. Sin entrar en excesivos detalles sobre cómo se ha llegado hasta ahí ni mostrar ninguna épica en todo ello, el autor nos golpea durante no demasiadas páginas, párrafo a párrafo, haciendo bastante mella con algunos de ellos. De hecho siento envidia por algunas de sus ideas y la forma en la que las expresa, contundente y afilada a la vez, haciendo todo tipo de daño posible.

Ahora viene el seguro sacrilegio para algunos. Nunca había leído antes a este señor pero, al menos en este libro, su estilo me recuerda a algo que está a medio camino entre [a:José Saramago|1285555|José Saramago|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1379626083p2/1285555.jpg] y [a:Dan Brown|630|Dan Brown|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1206553442p2/630.jpg], porque conjuga los párrafos profundos de descripciones hechas con sentidos que no son los habituales e intuitivos con una forma de escribir digna de la mejor comida rápida, y consigue que te llenes de una manera cualitativa y que sigas picando todo el rato, a ver qué pasa en el siguiente párrafo corto. Si tan solo los diálogos no fueran tan repetitivos... Que sí, que sé que eso tiene cierta función retórica, pero no termina de convencerme, especialmente a partir de la décima vez que leo las mismas preguntas y respuestas. ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
Meraviglioso. Entra sul tappeto rosso nella top 5 dei cinque libri migliori che abbia mai letto.
Fa male.
Come fa male bruciarsi toccando la fiamma di una candela.
Ti insegna che il fuoco brucia anche se non ci passi un dito in mezzo. ( )
  louchobi | May 12, 2022 |
Mögnuð saga hjá McCarthy enda margverðlaunuð og fékk m.a. Pulitzer verðlaunin 2007.
Sagan lýsir ferðalagi feðga um eyðilegt landslag í BNA suður á bóginn til sjávar í von um að komast í betra og hlýrra umhverfi enda vetur að skella á. Flestar lífverur eru dauðar, gróður og dýr, og fátt fólk eftir og flestir virðast hafa lagst í villimennsku, ráðast á hvern annan til að ræna lífsbjörginni af þeim eða jafnvel éta enda orðið fátt um ætilegan mat.
McCarthy gefur lesandanum enga skýringu á hvers vegna svona er ástatt fyrir mannfólkinu. Yfir sögunni er myrkur hjúpur biturðar og neyðar en fyrir vikið verður samband feðganna enn mikilvægara og persónulegar. Við kynnumst aldrei nöfnum þeirra en samskipti feðganna og viðhorf til lífsins eru því sterkari og áhrifaríkari.
Falleg saga sem lætur engan ósnortinn. Sagan var kvikmynduð með Íslandsvininum Viggo Mortensen árið 2009 og hlaut mikið lof. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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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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Chabon, MichaelAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Stechschulte, TomReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.

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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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