Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009)

Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009)

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by Cormac McCarthy

ISBN-10: 0307476308

ISBN-13: 2900307476301

Pub. Date: 11/03/2009

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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,

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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.

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The Road 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 1862 reviews.
Jessi-21 More than 1 year ago
The dark side of fiction is here in this interesting story. I really enjoyed reading it. Though I had to read this story as a reading assignment, I am glad I did. This fictional drama will stay with me forever. I highly recommend this story to anyone.
CinBake More than 1 year ago
This was one of those literary works that I really didn't WANT to read but did beccause it was a Pulitzer winner - so often we get in a rut of reading just the genres that appeal to us most. Boy, was I glad I "branched out" with this one. I couldn't put it down and it stayed with me for days after I finished. While it's not exactly entertaining, it was a MUST read for everyone who appreciates characters with depth and a plot that will make you look inward. WONDERFUL book that I'm certain I'll read again in a few years and appreciate it just as much.
TeachLH More than 1 year ago
Cormac McCarthy's The Road speaks to the hopeful part of all humans; the part that whispers to us that we are not alone, that even in the bleakest of times, there is possibility and promise. Some see this book as a warning of a fast approaching post-apocalyptic time when all life as we know it will be turned topsy turvy and basic human kindness will be swept away as pockets of people strive to survive. And, I suppose, The Road could be described as such, but as the famed glass half empty or half full discussion, what you take from reading The Road surely will depend on what you bring to the reading. The boy in this poignant story is a waning ray of faith whose optimism is juxtaposed against the realistic father who has been hardened by devastation and loss. This is a story of love, loss, and life but whether you are left comforted or frustrated depends on your own belief of mankind and life after life. A litmus test of a book - you will find insight into your own beliefs.
wildcat412 More than 1 year ago
Usually I am not a big reader of books and usually wait to see the movie first. I read this book as a English 12 assignment, and I could not get enough of this book. Cormac McCarthy is an amazing author; I can't wait to read his other work. McCarthy doesn't confuse you with many names, but instead uses "man" and "boy" as his main characters. While reading this book you can vividly picture what was going on with the characters. Even though this book is based on an untold tragedy, it makes the book an amazing story of a father and son. If you ever want to sit down and read a great book then "The Road" is you're best choice, guaranteed.
Crazy4CrazyForts More than 1 year ago
This novel was an exceptional read; both intimate and horrifying. Any book that is difficult to put down automatically get's the thumbs up. It grabbed and held my attention in the first 10 pages, something even good books fail to do in the first 100. It is the first McCarthy novel that I have read and I enjoyed it more than I expected. It is the ominous and somewhat perilous journey of a father and son clinging to the hope that there is some good left in a raped and ravaged world. The story is about their continued journey down "the road" to find some sort of salvation in what used to be the United States but is now a cannibalistic, violent, and desperate, society of outlaws, nomads, rapists, murderers, and thieves. At times, The Road's disturbing imagery is difficult to stomach, although McCarthy never goes as far as it seems he will. This probably works in his favour since at several points in the book I almost put it down because I became so afraid of what would happen next. An author who can inject a reader emotionally like that is certainly not lacking in his craft. A tool that McCarthy uses throughout the book to do this is false foreshadowing; planting seeds for things the reader assumes will happen, but never do. This adds to the suspense and fear that McCarthy creates for his audience. It also contributes to the fear of the unknown, which is a major consideration of this story. The plot doesn't really thicken, which adds to the simplicity and nothingness that the book is supposed to make the reader feel. This book conveys more emotion than any other book I have ever read. McCarthy forces the reader to experience fear, sadness, and desperation alongside the main characters. There are a few things I didn't like. The dialogue is difficult to follow at times and can be repetitive. Also, the use of proper names is nearly non-existent, but this seems to serve a purpose. For example, the father and son (as well as the few other characters that come along in the story) have descriptive terms to identify them rather than names; i.e. the man and the boy. The few proper names that are found are mostly brand names. One example of this is Coca Cola, when they find one last can of Coke inside a beaten vending machine in a long abandoned and pillaged grocery store. Much of the book is description as McCarthy isn't just telling a story of loss, but also painting a picture about what post-apocalyptic America may look like. My interpretation of this book, aside from the message that the world is consuming itself to the point of complete extermination, is the true terror in the unknown. It is about the terror of being alone. It is also about the necessary attachment to god and faith when there is nothing else left to believe in. The Road is also an interpretation of raw human nature at the most desperate and destitute of times. The Road is definitely a new addition to some old favourites in post-apocalyptic literature. I look forward to reading more of McCarthy's work down the road.
Mary_T More than 1 year ago
I know it's fashionable to love The Road. McCarthy is a high-brow writer of "literature". The gorgeous Viggo Mortensen and the stunning Charlize Theron are starring in the big-budget film. Big critics like the New York Times love The Road. But maybe he's not well read in the Horror and Sci-Fi genre. (Fancy critics eschew genre. It's not chic.) But if they would occassionally lower themselves to read genre, they'd realize The Road is nothing new or special. The shelves are full of much better post-apocalyptic stories. The People of Sparks by DuPrau, The Postman by Brin, Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle. Just a few off the top of my head. The lone plot point of The Road is that things are pretty darn rough after the collapse of civilization. That's it. After McCarthy establishes his one point, he's done. The rest of the novel is simply driving this one point home over and over again ad nauseum. Except for grim descriptions of just how hard it is to survive.... the reader doesn't really learn anything else. If the idea of the end of the world fascinates you, try World War Z by Max Brooks. - - Mary Tills, Barnes and Noble, Frederick, Maryland.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
An absolutely amazing tale! I picked up "The Road" solely based on the fact that it was written by the author who wrote "No Country for Old Men", which I havent read, but the movie was outstanding! I had no pre-judgement about the book, or author. I wasn't too thrilled about the "Oprah's Book Club" sticker on the front though. I figured I would crack the book open, read the 1st chapter to feel it out and toss it aside had it been a weak read. Wow, was I wrong. I've never read a book faster in my life. The book has no chapters, the characters have no names, it's just a straight read all the way through! The story is amazing, the characters are amazing, your drawn to every page, constantly cheering them on and worrying about them at the same time. I found myself unable to put the book down, constantly wondering whats next? The book is about hope and the love between a father & son after the apocalypse, in a savaged land where no plants and animals exist, everything is covered in black ash and cannibals roam the streets, highways and cities. Everyday they struggle with starvation, the weather and the fear that they may never see tomorrow! Great book, highly recommend to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing to me. I typically stay with writers like Patterson, King, and Connelly but I took a chance on this book. Of all of the books I have read this ranks in the top 5. It is gripping, emotional, and thrilling without being too far out there. This is a modern masterpiece.
Joad More than 1 year ago
A dreary, obsolete world, survived only by cannibal hordes and their hapless victimes, would at first glance be the antithesis to a tale of a tender, amorous relationship between father and son. But as the unnamed man and boy trek across the barren land, the sheer love that exists between the two becomes apparent. They are "each the other world's entire." In their hostile enviroment, they bond, strengthened by the trials of starvation, terror, and the bleak outlook of the future. The two exemplify what every parent and child could ever strive to be.

McCarthy's writing is both minimal and eloquent, terse and articulate. The world is described in fractured syntax, expressing the broken thoughts that must have crossed the characters' minds. But in the abrupt narration, simply poetic writing comes forth, making this book an absolute joy to digest.

McCarthy also possesses the mastery of suspense. Interactions with the unlawful bands of survivors present the terror felt by the characters is bared in raw terms to the reader. Paired with the desolate yet intriguing imagery of the post apocalyptic world, The Road grips and seldom lets go.

Extremely worthy of its Pulitzer, The Road encompasses hope and dread, simplicity and fluency. It is a standing triumph in 21st century literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Starting out, I had really high expectations for this book, and I wasn¿t disappointed. While the destination itself is meaningless, the events and small details along the way are very revealing. For example, none of the characters are given names, as names have no significance in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Initially, however, none of this was apparent to me. I was almost aggravated by the dull, desperate monotony prevalent on each page. But as the story progressed, it hit me that the dull, desperate monotony was exactly how the man and the boy felt everyday. I can¿t recommend this book enough, but only to some people. There are a lot of grueling, cringe-inducing scenes, and a lot of death. If these things don¿t bother you, you owe it to yourself to read The Road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is WONDERFUL...I didnt put it down once I started reading it until there where no more pages to read!!!
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book on audio tape and fell in love with the narrator's voice, Tom Stechschulte. The book was so good, that about 1/2 way through, I checked out the written version from the library so I could enjoy it whenever I was able. Well, after a few pages, I missed the narrator so much that I returned the book and continued with the audio version. I could just hear him saying "It's okay, it's o-kay."
The Road tells the story of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. The bond between them is evident from the beginning. The hope that the father is able to instill in the son in this seemingly hopeless and dire environment is amazing.
Though place names are not mentioned, they are following a map, and it seems they are going through the mountains to the ocean - so I pictured heading west to the Pacific. Along the way they are able to stay one step ahead of the 'bad guys' and with the boy's insistence, help others whenever they are able. People are few and far between, and food and supplies are even scarcer.
With every step traveled, every tin of food found or lost, every imagined and unimagined danger, I was kept on the edge of my seat. Travel with the boy and his Papa on their search for any good that is left in the world as the continue to carry The Light.
I just discovered that this book has been made into a movie to be released this year! This will be a must see for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, I guess my headline is a little misleading. If you like page-turner fiction with a happy ending then you probably won't like this. However if you like beautiful and horrifying prose describing an apocalyptic wasteland, this book will not disappoint. Take this from someone who expected a light read with the stereotypical father-son relationship story: Prepare yourself for some hard-hitting imagery and startling encounters. The book chronicles a son and his father who have survived some world-ending event, and they are left only with each other, the memories of the family they once had, and strangers who want to kill them for their food and clothes. This book is so different from other post-apocalyptic novels I've read because Cormac McCarthy does not worry himself or the reader with the trivialities of how the world ended, or how humanity will attempt to rebuild. He focuses instead on the only things that matter immediately after after an apocalypse, and that is survival and loving whomever survived with you. The bleak imagery of this world can only be surpassed by the love the boy and his father have for each other. And the ending will leave you sweating, crying, and wanting to find all your loved ones and give them a big hug.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. I have read it at least four times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just wonderful, with it's dark ominous feeling of suspense. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish.
Cameron_Desjarlais10 More than 1 year ago
Solid book. Cormac is da bomb. his book is so good i would read it again, but why would I do that when I just read it. This book is a 4 star book because I loved the plot of a post apocalyptic world. The downside that made this book lose a star was that the author lacked quotations marks. I have this fine work before but i could not understand who was talking and when a conversation ended or when one began. It confused me greatly and I think Cormac should read this and accept this helpful advice. To all you haters out there, read this book because it will change your life. I know it changed mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really want this book but not 11.99 no way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT WAS SAD ! also it was really really good ,i cried when i finished it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ranked as one of the greatest reading experiences of my life, The Road is both an emotional and thrilling journey that will leave you asking many questions about yourself and humanity as a whole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never saw the movie, and fashionable or not... this was and still is my tops in fav books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. McCarthy's unique writing style adds to development of the characters through out the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 117 pages, it's worth it. A story of survival in post apocolyptic america; a father and son journey through desolate and destroyed, land encountering frightening circumstances and a world no longer recognizeable. You will be moved through several emotions.
Saed_Shaban More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT!!!!! I really loved this book. I've always like apocolyptic type books/movies, and this is the one that really hit me. I feel like it was such a good book, but the ending is sort of what ruined it for me. I mean happy endings are always good , but I feel like it would have been better if the book just ended with the son walking off into the distance and then it ended. I feel like that would have been a really good ending. Overall though, I really enjoyed this read. I really liked the suspense that was in it, and everytime they found relief I actually felt joyous for them. I felt like I had to keep reading just to keep the characters alive. Also, about the moments of relief they had. I loved them. Especially when they found the underground bunker, I thought that was amazing. I was just sad that they didn't get to stay there. The ending was very sad though. Before the son found the man that rescued him, I felt really bad that his dad died on him. Overall, I thought it was a very good book. The plot may have been jumpy at times and the ending wasn't how I planned it to end out, but overall I thoughouly enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Positivly one of histories greatest peices of human written word. Look past the theam. Look past setting. And focus on the the passion and feeling. Then lay back that theam. Lay back that setting. In past hearings of Cormac writeings, ive only just had recommendations. So i looked. To be honest i hate when a producer or publisher writes the back discribtion of a story. "A poast apocylyptic world with father and son" dose no just. How many teen books have that setting now a days. It takes opening and really, gluttony consumes you with this wonderful peice. Mr. Cormac McCarthy... Thank you