The Road

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2006 - Fiction - 241 pages
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A 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 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.

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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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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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About the author (2006)

Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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