Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2007
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 of utter devastation.
Bleak but brilliant, with glimmers of hope and humor, The Road is a stunning allegory and perhaps Cormac McCarthy's finest novel to date. This remarkable departure from his previous works has been hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "novel of horrific beauty, where death is the only truth".
McCarthy, a New York Times bestselling author, is a past recipient of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He is widely considered one of America's greatest writers.
A very dark and troubling read that dissects the pull of human emotions in a post-apocalyptic landscape with almost no food, no water, no heat, no names to the characters and most disturbing of all, no safety from one's fellow man. McCarthy writes in short jolting sentences, using snippets of conversations to evoke a journey where the future can be no better than the present. It is cleverly written and is a quick read, but focuses on just a few thematic elements (son-father relationship, the disintegration of society, and the end of things quite literally). There is also an element of warning: we humans may be destroying our planet right now, but just much more slowly, though no less irreversible. One of McCarthy's better books. I liked it so much I read it twice.
This is a incredible tale and the narrator is fantastic. I encourage people to read AND listen to the novel. It's my must read once it gets chilly here in Alberta. Adds to the effect, especially if you take the bus like me and enjoy listening to audiobooks!