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The Road (Paperback)

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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.

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He attended the University of Tennessee in the early 1950s, and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years, two of them stationed in Alaska. McCarthy then returned to the university, where he published in the student literary magazine and won the Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing in 1959 and 1960. McCarthy next went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel,The Orchard Keeper. The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy's editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner's long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a traveling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel,Outer Dark.In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee.Outer Dark was published by Random House in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel,Child of God, was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film calledThe Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press.In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel,Suttree, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and published his fifth novel,Blood Meridian, in 1985. After the retirement of Albert Erskine, McCarthy moved from Random House to Alfred A. Knopf.All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published by Knopf in 1992. It won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was later turned into a feature film.The Stonemason, a play that McCarthy had written in the mid-1970s and subsequently revised, was published by Ecco Press in 1994. Soon thereafter, Knopf released the second volume of The Border Trilogy,The Crossing; the third volume, Cities of the Plain, was published in 1998. McCarthy's next novel,No Country for Old Men was published in 2005. This was followed in 2006 by a novel in dramatic form,The Sunset Limited, originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago and published in paperback by Vintage Books. McCarthy's most recent novel,The Road, was published by Knopf in 2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

McCarthy, Cormac
FICTION / Literary
Vintage Books
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  • The Road

    Pulitzer prize winning tale of an extraordinary love between a father and his son trying to survive despite desperate conditions. It is a very heavy, heart-wrenching story which holds you until the very end.

  • This book sticks with you

    This was one of the most profound books I've ever read. It's written so simply, yet through that simple language the author manages to portray such complex internal experiences. Don't expect a happy little fairy tale story, this is a deep novel of realism.

  • Briliant

    Cormac McCarthy is a brilliant writer. His sentences are short, concise and profound. The Road is a look at what would happen at the end of our world from Cormac McCarthy's perspective. It is dark and bleak with a flicker of light. The story follows the journey of a father and son and their struggle to survive. I was deeply moved by their bond and the hope and faith that they had in each other. I finished the book in 2 days- needless to say, I had a very hard time putting it down.

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  • Good Book

    Once I got passed the first few pages, it was a pretty good read.

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    cia70 from Brooklyn, NY, Oct 7, 2011

  • Not for the sensitive soul

    Well written, yes. Hard to put down, yes. One of the most depressing books I've ever read, unfortunately, also a yes. This post apocalyptic novel is almost brutal for those of us who really dive in and bond with the characters. While I can see the value of the writing and the story, I just can't bring myself to recommend this one. (Unless you have way too much joy in your life and want it taken down a notch.)


    livinonfaith from Fuquay-Varina, NC, Dec 6, 2009

  • The Road

    This is an excellent book!!! I read it in a couple of days and will read it again. I passed it on to my sister.


    holjes24 from Chicago, IL, Oct 19, 2009

  • Nothing happens

    I really wanted to like this book but it just depressed me. I enjoyed the literary style but didn't feel the story line had much substance. It may have just not been my type of book.


    blueberrymuffin143 from Nashville, TN, Oct 8, 2008

  • The Road is an amazing book

    At once brutal and tender, despairing and hopeful, The Road is McCarthy¿s brave and unforgettable meditation on the thin line between humanity and chaos. I haven't read anything like it, and I will read it again and again. Truly a book that will stay with you forever.


    melissamarie11 from Chicago, IL, Mar 8, 2008

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