PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post
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 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing
McCarthy's writing style is spare, like Hemingway's, and his prose is beautiful. I don't think I will ever forget this book. His vision of a post-apocolyptic world is truly haunting. I was surprised by the upbeat ending, however. I didn't quite buy it. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - UberButter - LibraryThing
This is one of those books with so much hype and I just didn't seem to get it. Taking place after some apocalyptic event, the story follows a man and his son as they travel south to what they hope is ... Read full review