The Road

The Road

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May 15, 2019

One of the best books I've read: powerful, imaginative, and gripping. The sentences are as sparse as the apocalyptic landscape of the story, accompanied by very little punctuation except for commas and periods. But the love of the father for his son shines through and the book had me in tears by the end. Masterfully written.

IndyPL_ShainaS Apr 10, 2019

I featured this book on my "Not My Cup of Tea" recommendations list, with the explanation that I might reread it one day, but since it's "so very gloom and depressing," I wasn't sure. Working at a library, books often find a way across my path, and so eventually I gave in to a little depressing. Annnnd my thoughts remain much the same. It's a strange book, and (mostly) beautifully written, and I understand the intentions with this father and son saga. But I still think more could have been achieved, and I still think the ending is its weakest part. After so much bleak and broken trekking, it rang less than true.

" We need to get out of the road. Why Papa? Someone's coming. Is it bad guys? Yes. I'm afraid so. They could be good guys. Couldnt they? He didnt answer. He looked at the sky out of old habit but there was nothing to see. What are we going to do, Papa? Let's go. Can we go back to the fire? No. Come on. We probably dont have much time. I'm really hungry. I know. What are we going to do? We have to hole up. Get off the road. Will they see our tracks? Yes. What can we do about it? I dont know. Will they know what we are? What? If they see our tracks. Will they know what we are? He looked back at their great round tracks in the snow. They'll figure it out, he said. Then he stopped. We need to think about this. Let's go back to the fire." " What woke the boy was him grinding the coffee in a small hand grinder. He sat up and stared all around. Papa? he said. Hi. Are you hungry? I have to go to the bathroom. I have to pee. He pointed with the spatula toward the low steel door. He didnt know how to use the toilet but they would use it anyway. They werent going to be here that long and he wasnt going to be opening and closing the hatch any more than he had to."

Apr 05, 2019

The Road written by Cormac McCarthy is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. This book was recommended to me by my High school teacher and I would like to share my opinions of it with you guys. This books starts off a bit slow but it starts building up at the end of the first chapter when the son witnesses the death of a guy he wanted to save. The novel shows the survival of a Father and his son after the apocalypse in a devastated world full of cannibalism. The book shows the bond between the father and the son perfectly adding to the beauty of it. This book makes you fall in love with the characters hoping for their survival in that wretched world. I would give this Book a 5/5 rating and would recommend it to every person who loves books that have a taste of survival while also having great character development. @Eko of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 15, 2019

A post apocalyptic novel about a father and son with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a harrowing journey to an unknown destiny. What it truly is, is a love story of a Father for his son. Stunning.

Feb 07, 2019

I know this book got a lot of critical praise but I thought it was just awful. The story was so horrible, and the outlook so bleak, that I had to force myself to finish it. Yes, the writing is very good, but the situation is so bad, and the future for the characters is so hopeless that I found it a chore to read.

Zaredy Dec 29, 2018

In this uniquely written book, Cormac McCarthy develops a story of a father and his young son attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. Together, they set on a journey across the devastated land towards the sea in hopes of reaching safety. Along the way, they will face harrowing events and make difficult moral choices, that the father struggles to explain to his young son.
A great book for anyone looking for a heartfelt apocalyptic read.

Dec 27, 2018

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LoganLib_JennyI Oct 08, 2018

A well-deserved winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007, "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son trying to survive a brutal world with minimal resources. McCarthy's prose is first class. He blends vivid descriptions of a desolate landscape with flashbacks of family life and an urgent father/son love that must drive the son to come of age too early. Themes of isolation, hope and primal survivalist mentality flood the pages.
In 2009 the book was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film by the same name starring Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron.

Sep 08, 2018

So good. I finished this book a couple of days ago. While I usually write a review shortly after finishing a book, I couldn't with this book. It's so rich, touching, haunting, it says something between the lines. It left me without concrete thoughts to review and required some time to let things settle in my brain.
The world in this book is sparse, the writing style is sparse. It works well together. The world comes alive through the sparseness of the words.

How would we react in a world that is bleak, bare, dangerous?

Cormac McCarthy has a way of writing that brings the bleakness& bareness of this world alive, while somehow keeping a sliver of hope. It's wonderfully done.

This is a story that will remain with me.

Jul 28, 2018

An intensely felt and disturbing story that I would read again, if I had the nerve. It is so much more personally experienced than the movie, if you've seen that. To be inside the head of the central character, the father, and to see his child discover the true nature of the world he's been born into is shattering.

Jul 27, 2018

A post-apocalyptic survival story about a father and sun slowly navigating through the perilous wasteland that was once the United States. In addition to scavenging former settlements for food and supplies, they are also looking for others like them -- "the good guys," if any still exist.

I've read and enjoyed some other McCarthy ('All the Pretty Horses'), and I wanted to like this more than I did, but there just wasn't enough substance to draw me in and keep me fully engaged. It felt very flat, as though narrated by a disinterested observer. Like some other readers, I too found the ending somewhat too convenient. Sad, as I love a good survival story.

May 12, 2018

One of the best novels on the human condition ever written. Apocalyptic novels abound but this is one of the few that takes it to the deeply personal level. The journey is painful but with love survival to see the light is possible, there will always be a few good guys. Very sparse writing and the imagery is very realistic and disturbing, I looked for the cause but could never find it, only the effect is presented. A great writer!

Apr 30, 2018

A bleak novel about the day after the (never fully explained) apocalypse. America (or at least the United States) is completely destroyed. A father and son journey across the devastated landscape, on the one road, avoiding bandits and those who’ve turned cannibal, hoping to find the sea (maybe there’s a way out, there) and other people who have not lost hope. Their love for one another is what redeems this nightmarish tale. The writing is pared down (there are no apostrophes), stark, and as simple and desolate as the plot.

Apr 10, 2018

Holy cow! I got so into this book, it is great, the end had me cryimg like a baby! I wish it didn't end I wanted the story to keep going!!!



ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 07, 2018

This book made me think about what might happen in a post-apocalyptic world. The Road won many prizes including the Pulitzer in 2007.

RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Cormac McCarthy’s work has established him among the elite in American literature. Tracing Western themes in past and contemporary milieus, he has created his own mythology of tough American figures etching their rugged and oftentimes brutally violent presence along the borderland region of the Southwest. In perhaps his most personally revealing novel, The Road takes a grave look at the future. The novel may be a divergence from the settings of McCarthy’s previous body of work, but his prose ascends to a profoundly new level of artistry as he charts the travails of an unnamed father and his son through a post-apocalyptic world of burned-out cities and ash-covered landscapes. This is a story of unimaginable devastation, but it is also a tale of remarkable survival and ultimately an unforgettable portrait of love between father and son. The tragedy that has befallen the world in The Road forces the father and son to encounter great suffering, yet McCarthy’s imagery and descriptions, though terrifying in their vision, contain a beauty that is heartbreaking and unbearable. It’s as though his language proclaims the stubbornness of life against the void capable within the hands of human destructiveness. Here is one example: “By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.” In this world of death and demise, seemingly without hope, McCarthy asserts a precaution of future nuclear holocaust. In doing so, he points out a biblical-like truth about the Earth: “The frailty of everything revealed at last.” This is a disturbing book, but the love generated between the father and his son places goodness against the disaster the world has become. The poetic beauty McCarthy finds in the madness will grip readers and

Jan 19, 2018

Post-apocalyptic setting that is disturbing from beginning to end. Very interesting writing style that allows the reader to imagine the scenes being described with great detail (even though those scenes are sometimes horrifying.) I couldn't put the book down. Probably will not appeal to everyone's tastes...if you like this genre, you will like this book.

Nov 12, 2017

A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.

Oct 04, 2017

Great book.
I will read this again sometime.

JCLMattC Oct 03, 2017

Bleak and resounding. Each page has fallen into disarray just like the world the characters now occupy. If you like post-apocalyptic dramas, you’ll like this. Be warned, though, much of the standard grammatical organization has been thrown out in favor of a more stripped-down, desolate style.

Aug 23, 2017

I have never read a book written like this. Quick read that kept me interested the entire time. Yes, it is a little dark, but I did not feel it was depressing.

Jul 02, 2017

For me, the story shows the worst of man (violence, cannibalism) and the best which is the father's tenderness and fierce love his son and how desperate circumstances affect everyone differently. I hope we never have to experience what happens in this post-apocalyptic scenario.

It should be a must read for whomever has the proverbial finger on the button.

Jun 23, 2017

Super easy and fast to read, but the story will stick with you much longer! I enjoyed the fact that the characters remain unnamed throughout the story. It allows readers to focus on the story instead of worrying about who the characters are or what happened to bring them to the current state they are in. Well deserving of the PULITZER PRIZE!

May 28, 2017

The most depressing novel I have ever read. Bleak and beautiful. Read it, then go for a walk in the sunshine (or eat some ice cream, or find something to laugh about, et cetera).

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