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.
This was one of those books that you think yeah OK it will pass the time....but once you pick it up you are unable to stop until you reach the end. A truely amazing piece of modern writting!
This was the first McCarthy book that I read. I have since read many others and though excellent I find I still return to this. It's a deceptive book in that it has an apparent simplicity of language that only with repeated investigation opens up to reveal itself as a master work. Listen to the audio and you hear a very good interpretation. But for me this really should be read. If you have children it will haunt you terribly. If you do not have children it will haunt you terribly. There is no grandstanding here, just what it means to be human. That's where the true horror lies.
If you want 6 and a half hours of gripping entertainment, look no further!