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The Road (Oprah's Book Club) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Cormac McCarthy

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Member:andrewa121
Title:The Road (Oprah's Book Club)
Authors:Cormac McCarthy
Info:Vintage Books (2007), Paperback, 287 pages
Collections:DC, Your library
Rating:****
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

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    Boohradley: There are a lot of similarities between the plot of this book and The Road. In Parable of the Sower an adolescent girl, who suffers from hyper-empathy, makes a long journey in hope of survival in a hostile, post-apocalyptic world.

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The movie was hard, but the book was harder. Being inside the head of The Boy and feeling his abiding fear was more than I could stand. If THe Man had been alone, I could have finished.
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
Amazing descriptive prose. Moving ending. But (and I am sure most people love it for this) it lacks background, a resolution, and a purpose. I understand that it was meant to demonstrate the power of the father/son relationship while trying to just survive day to day and it definitely does this. But the missing pieces for I list above made it less interesting and ultimately detracted from its message - at least for me. ( )
  KenMcLain | Jul 18, 2017 |
I love discussing this book with other readers. I've found it's 50-50 love it vs. hate it! I really liked this book; I found the simple writing carried me through the end-of-the-world tale of a boy and his father. The simple details made me want for more ... and there are so many ways to interpret the ending. I'm interested to see how the movie version will turn out though; I just can't see this book translating to film. ( )
  DBrigandi | Jul 3, 2017 |
I love discussing this book with other readers. I've found it's 50-50 love it vs. hate it! I really liked this book; I found the simple writing carried me through the end-of-the-world tale of a boy and his father. The simple details made me want for more ... and there are so many ways to interpret the ending. I'm interested to see how the movie version will turn out though; I just can't see this book translating to film. ( )
  DBrigandi | Jul 3, 2017 |
Post-apocalyptic, survival, fathers and sons ( )
  bookenthusiast100 | Jun 28, 2017 |
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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
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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