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Do not read this book unless you are looking for a good cry. Portrayed are the extremes that man will go through to stay alive or even just avoid a painful death. This book is hopeless, but in the midst of it all the boy is a symbol of hope. He lives when everything around him is dying. After reading this book you will appreciate your life, because if you have food, safety, shelter, shoes, then you have more than the father and son in the story. They are in constant danger and are struggling to find enough food to keep them alive in this post-apocalyptic world. Be wary of this phenomenal book that explores raw humanity.
Very dark, so be in a good place when you read it. Despite that, the language is beautiful. I felt the hopeless hope they held out.
A modern classic. The Road is one of those books that profoundly touches us, a book that deserves to be read and read again. There is a lyrical quality to the pacing and phrasing that made me think of haiku. Also the film based on the book was well done.
The Road is a fiction novel written by Cormac McCarthy which won the 2007 Pulitzer prize. It is set in a post-apoplectic world and follows a father and son's journey along a road in search of warmer weather at the coast. The novel is stripped down so that it includes no unnecessary words especially when using dialogue. This style took awhile for me to get used to but the bluntness ended up making the message clear. The vivid descriptions of the desolate world paint a detailed picture in your mind. Overall this novel has a unique style and great descriptions. I would give The Road four out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Have you ever read a sentence and thought to yourself, “Wow, that was beautiful.”? That is how I felt during times reading this book. Cormac McCarthy is known for his lyrical and systematically complex writing style. With a lack of grammar during conversations (no quotation marks) and unusual sentence organization, the novel can sometimes be difficult to read. The author often brings up the question of good versus evil. In a land where bands of hungry cannibals roam and starvation is a dire concern, it’s hard to believe that the good can survive.
A future world where EVERYONE is HOMELESS and only the strongest and cleverest and most resourceful can survive. After reading this book you will never look at a homeless person pushing a shopping cart the same again.
There's a movie based on it; also available from SPL.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
**READ THIS BOOK**
THE ROAD---- GREAT BOOK!
This book made me think about what might happen in a post-apocalyptic world. The Road won many prizes including the Pulitzer in 2007.
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
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.