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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this "tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle). • From the bestselling author of The PassengerA father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.Look for Cormac McCarthy's latest bestselling novels, The Passenger and Stella Maris.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This was my book club pick several years ago. I usually choose January and pick a dystopian novel to balance Christmas sentimentality and superficiality. This book is dark, dystopian and explores the profound heroic attempt to create normalcy in a deeply disturbed context. Maybe went a bit overboard. Once you have read this, you will never see the world (or Christmas) quite the same. "
"I don't really get why this book won any awards. Now, maybe I'm just uncultured swine, but this book has zero character development or emotional depth, and the awful grammar makes it a pain to read and know what is even going on (Mrs Dalloway and Ulysses pulled it off better). The book is literally one huge depression-fest with no explanation on what happened, no hope, and no interesting plot or descriptions to compensate for it. J. G. Ballard's Drowned World portrays a significantly more interesting post-apocalyptic world with characters losing hope and going nuts than this. And I'm pretty sure his book was written before Mccarthy's. Idk why anyone would read this unless it was for school or to act like they're highbrow for reading it. "
"I didn't have very high hopes coming into this book, but it exceeded my expectations. It's the most realistic apocalyptic themed book I've ever read. I loved seeing the contrasting morals between the father and son, watching the son question what separated them from being one of the bad guys. I also like how the book is structured. No chapters makes it seem more fast paced."
"The concept of the book is good. I am not sure if it is because I don’t have a family but I could not get past the little boy whining and the fathers interaction with him. "
"Basically the world is in complete ruins there’s barely anyone left and this father and his son are trying to survive. Most of the people left are cannibalistic and they only have one bullet in their gun. There traveling on this road trying to find some sort of civilization. I hope this was helpful 😁, the writing was absolutely beautiful and the story was a masterpiece. "