The Road: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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Pan Macmillan, Dec 10, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages

So good that it will devour you. It is incandescent. - Daily Telegraph

The Road is the astonishing post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.

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A difficult book to read, not one I would ever recommend to anyone!
The tone of the book was dull and monotonous, the writing style was horrific to get into and by the end of the book I was near
depression. Never again will I pick up this book and if I am ever asked to read it I will refuse!
Having read half of the book with the whole class, I refused to go on and bought the audio book because I could not bare to read a book with so little grammar. But the audio book was no better.

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I have recently read The Road and have been totally consumed by it. I won't write anything that I could consider spoiling the read for anyone else save for that it is harrowing, bleak and still utterly compelling.
I’ve read through other reviews and see people being warned away from the economic style but it is what it is. The story of a man and his boy seeking a better climate which might make survival more comfortable is strung upon their dependence on each other. Maybe it’s because I have two sons, one who will be a similar age to the boy in the road, but it has taken an emotional toll on me I do not remember paying before.
To say I loved or enjoyed it seems wrong, as there were few positive feelings to take from The Road, but I’m sure you cannot be left cold by it.

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About the author (2010)

Cormac McCarthy is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Blood Meridian, All The Pretty Horses and No Country For Old Men. Among his honours are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the Pulitzer Prize for The Road.

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