The Road

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 20, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
979 Reviews
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

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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User Review  - annhepburn - LibraryThing

I was surprised that I liked this as much as I did. I'd been avoiding reading it because of the seemingly depressing storyline, but the real story is that of the father/son relationship, which is very loving and extremely hopeful. Recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - solnigor - LibraryThing

A disturbing, bleak, portrait of post apocalyptic America populated by two main characters, father and son, as they traverse a nightmare landscape. I haven't been able to read many books from cover to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
15
Section 5
19
Section 6
21
Section 7
25
Section 8
32
Section 18
119
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
129
Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
155
Section 25
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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 26
191
Section 27
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Section 28
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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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About the author (2007)

Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright who has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A number of his works have been adapted into films, including All the Pretty HorsesThe Road, and the four-time Academy Award–winning No Country for Old Men.

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