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   The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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Categories: New in Paperback | Fiction - Literature | SciFi - Fantasy - Horror
Code: 3653 |  ISBN: 0307387895 |  241 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
A 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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Geoff

Posted: Nov 30, -1 - 12:00 AM

"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him." That's how The Road begins, and for a while I thought I had it figured out. Just tell a story of two people moving across a blasted landscape, tell it in words one syllable, and don't mention any colors other than gray. Instant postapocalyptic masterpiece!

It turns out there's more than that to The Road, including a tender and gradually developed relationship between father and son, and occasional passages of brilliant lyricism that are all the more startling for the way that they break through the gray. A haunting and memorable tale.



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