The Road

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Vintage Books, 2006 - Fiction - 287 pages
83 Reviews
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
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The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.

A 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 Roadis 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.
  

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She wrote awful poetry and worse prose. - Goodreads
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There's very little "page turner" quality about it. - Goodreads
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This is an amazing series of books. Bernie Guenther has been set up to take a fall for a German war criminal. He has been excellently framed, and even his little finger has been removed to make him ... Read full review

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This is a welcome return to readers, for Bernie Gunther, after a 15 year absence. The first two novels featuring him were set in Nazi Germany, the third in postwar Berlin. In this one, most of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
9
Section 4
11
Section 5
14
Section 6
15
Section 7
16
Section 8
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
125
Section 24
138
Section 25
155
Section 26
176
Section 27
185
Section 28
195

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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About the author (2006)

Born in Rhode Island in 1933 but raised and educated in Tennessee, Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He now lives in New Mexico.

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