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ISBN13: 9780307476319
ISBN10: 0307476316
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

National Book Critic's 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.

Review:

"His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Vivid, eloquent...The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy's] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness....Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. The Road offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be." The New York Times

Review:

"No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption....[McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most." The Boston Globe

Review:

"There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull...making [The Road] easily one of the most harrowing books you'll ever encounter....Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order for the characters to stay alive....The Road is a deeply imagined work and harrowing no matter what your politics." Bookforum

Review:

"A dark book that glows with the intensity of [McCarthy's] huge gift for language....Why read this?...Because in its lapidary transcription of the deepest despair short of total annihilation we may ever know, this book announces the triumph of language over nothingness." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"The Road is the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written." Newsweek

Review:

"McCarthy is a gutsy, powerful storyteller....The writing throughout is magnificent." Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Born in Rhode Island in 1933 but raised and educated in Tennessee, Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He now lives in New Mexico.

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Michael Barcenas, August 4, 2015 (view all comments by Michael Barcenas)
Beautiful story of a father and son journey. Experience their struggles and battles they have to face everyday through a post apocalyptic world. What makes this story beautiful is despite living in such a harsh world they seem to never loose sight of each other. Even when you think things couldn't get any worse, they do. But in the end they have each other and that's the only thing that matters to them. Follow their harsh and brutal journey and experience their suffering and heart ache. This book left me looking at life in a completely different way. I feel that it has had the same effect on everybody that has read this book. Very very good book.
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Sarah McGiverin, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Sarah McGiverin)
I didn't expect a book with such a bleak premise and setting to be so uplifting. Somehow I managed to read the whole book in one day, even while visiting with family and caring for my preschooler. The book raises many interesting questions - if I were ever to teach an ethics class, it would be tempting to make this one of the required books. It even inspired me to start a book club, because I was sorry not to have a group of friends to discuss the book with when I was done reading it.
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Parmathule, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by Parmathule)
The positive reviews I read of this book beforehand did not prepare me for the electrifying experience of reading it. I was mesmerized from the start; by the time I had finished, I was emotionally drained. The Road is a masterpiece of understatement and subtlety. Against the backdrop of a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland, McCarthy explores the nature of love and the source of its power. This may sound trite, but the book is anything but.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307476319
Author:
McCarthy, Cormac
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20091124
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.97x8.10x.76 in. .31 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Vintage - English 9780307476319 Reviews:
"Review" by , "His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period."
"Review" by , "Vivid, eloquent...The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy's] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization."
"Review" by , "One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal."
"Review" by , "Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness....Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. The Road offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be."
"Review" by , "No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption....[McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most."
"Review" by , "There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull...making [The Road] easily one of the most harrowing books you'll ever encounter....Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order for the characters to stay alive....The Road is a deeply imagined work and harrowing no matter what your politics."
"Review" by , "A dark book that glows with the intensity of [McCarthy's] huge gift for language....Why read this?...Because in its lapidary transcription of the deepest despair short of total annihilation we may ever know, this book announces the triumph of language over nothingness."
"Review" by , "The Road is the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written."
"Review" by , "McCarthy is a gutsy, powerful storyteller....The writing throughout is magnificent."
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