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The Road

Written By:Cormac McCarthy - 2006

  • The Road  - Cormac McCarthy cover

    Vintage - 1st Edition 15th Printing

  • The Road  - Cormac McCarthy cover

    Vintage - 1st Mass Market 1st Printing - May 07

  • The Road  - Cormac McCarthy cover

    Alfred A Knopf - 1st Edition

  • The Road  - Cormac McCarthy cover

    Audio Book

  • The Road  - Cormac McCarthy cover

    Picador - 2009


Synopsis

Vintage - 1st Edition 15th Printing

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.

Vintage - 1st Mass Market 1st Printing - May 07

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which a father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love.

Audio Book

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.

Blurb

Vintage - 1st Edition 15th Printing

"His talke 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

Vintage - 1st Mass Market 1st Printing - May 07

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Alfred A Knopf - 1st Edition

The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece

Audio Book

"Even within the authors extraordinary body of work, this stands as a radical achievement, a novel that demands to be read and reread." —Kirkus Review, starred review

Picador - 2009

The international bestseller from the author of No Country for Old Men

"The first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation. Here is an American classic which, at a stroke, makes McCarthy a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature" —Andrew O'Hagan

"McCarthy conjures from this pitiless flight the miracle of unswerving humanity. Gripping beyond belief" —Chris Cleave, Sunday Telegraph

"One of the most shocking and harrowing but ultimately redemptive books I have read. It is an intensely intimate story. It is also a warning" —Kirsty Wark, Observer Books of the Year

"A work of such terrible beauty that you will struggle to look away. It will knock the breath from your lungs" —Tom Gatti, The Times

"You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerized. All the modern novel can do is done here" —Alan Warner, Guardian

"A gripping, heart-rending human story, which explores the depths of despair and savagery beside the heights of love, tenderness and self-sacrifice. McCarthy has delivered a master stroke: this tale is beautiful, hypnotic, and terrifyingly real" —New Statesman

"I read The Road in one sitting. It's terrifying and unflinching and brilliant" —Nick Laird, Guardian Books of the Year

"The searing culmination of his work so far. His spare, philosophical prose is as entrancing as ever, as is his inimitable ability to describe violent encounters. It's a novel of profound seriousness, offered as a gift" —Time Out

"Cormac McCarthy strips back America—and his style—to a post-apocalyptic core in his biblically resonant tale of family, love and loss" —Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year

"Dazzling and beautiful and moving and sad... an amazing, amazing book" —Ekow Eshun, BBC Radio 4

"The Road is about tenderness despite everything. McCarthy has unmade the world, but against all the odds, this novel holds out a thin strand of hope: for the power of language and storytelling even at the end of all things" —Financial Times

"Emotionally shattering... The Road affirms belief in the tender pricelessness of the here and now. In creating an exquisite nightmare, it does not add to the cruelty and ugliness of our times; it warns us now how much we have to lose... Beauty and goodness are here aplenty and we should think about them. While we can" —Alan Warner, Guardian

"Nameless they remain, but some connective tissue, some deep sympathy, makes them human and knowable to us, causes us to care almost beyond bearing about their fates, and so makes us read on compulsively for fear of what might happen to them. And us" —Clive Sinclair, Independent

"Cormac McCarthy's new novel, conjuring up the end not of an individual but of all humanity, feels very real. Part of the achievement of The Road is its poetic description of landscapes from which the possibility of poetry would seem to have been stripped, along with their ability to support life" —Adam Mars-Jones, Observer

"Such is the rapport between father and son and so effective is McCarthy's prose that one reads on, terrified that some disaster will befall them. One almost forgets that it already has... More than an allegory or fantasy, The Road is a frighteningly credible novel" —Spectator

"The Road is the book that lives in the mind... composed in prose that engages all the senses" —Pete Clarke, Evening Standard Books of the Year

"Mesmerising... remarkable for its acuity, empathy and insight. There are many images in the novel which will haunt you" —Sebastian Shakespeare, Literary Review

"Utterly compelling, offering glimpses of both the best and the worst of the human condition in its darkest hour" —List

"There's always a kind of ecstasy in reading McCarthy, an ecstasy so far beyond words as to make even a qualitative sentence like this one superfluous. But there's also heartbreak" Niall Griffiths, Daily Telegraph

"A spectacular novel... Images continue to recur long after it has been put aside" —Scotland on Sunday

"A haunting, unsettling book that ideally should be read at one sitting, as long as you are prepared to bear the brunt of its full impact. To do so is to be richly rewarded... The Road is a landmark in depicting the worst—and best—that humanity can muster" —Daily Express

"McCarthy is a master of American literature and this extraordinarily bleak but breathtakingly brilliant novel is the finest thing he's ever written... A shocking, yet incredibly moving tale which perfectly examines what lies at the heart of all humanity" —Big Issue

"McCarthy's mesmerizing novel, slim but fiercely concentrated, is a masterpiece that will soon be considered a classic. Its weight and power are unanswerable. McCarthy knows no way of writing apart from the beautiful" —Herald

Catastrophe:

cosmic

Type:

realistic