By the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007, this is the story of a father and son walking alone through burned America, heading through the ravaged landscape to the coast.
It has been hailed as '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 ...An absolutely wonderful book that people will be reading for generations' Andrew O'Hagan Harvey Weinstein's film was released in the UK on 8 January 2010 with an all-star cast including Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall, and introducing major new young talent, Kodi Smit McPhee, with a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. 'A work of such terrible beauty that you will struggle to look away' Tom Gatti, The Times 'So good that it will devour you, in parts.
It is incandescent' Niall Griffiths, Daily Telegraph 'You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerised.
All the modern novel can do is done here' Alan Warner, Guardian
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/05/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330468466
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Review by clfisha
Review by Goldengrove
I read this at a sitting, completely unable to put it down. Once I had finished, in bed, late at night, I couldn't sleep for fear but lay watching a tree through the window. This seems to me so much nore plausible a future than those described in most visions of future disaster. Usually, there is some cataclysmic event that kills most of the people, and the plucky survivors scrape a living from the remains of civilization while they remake their world. Here we've destroyed the world all right, but there is no going back. No chance to start again, no cosy community to settle down to rebuilding. The world is destroyed. There is no food, no shelter and no hope. Plant and animal life has gone and with them beauty and peace. The man and the boy struggle on, carrying 'the flame' of humanity that only they seem to recall.'This is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but a whimper'Incredibly, this is still a book of great beauty and compassion; but a book to make you weep.
Review by sharonlflynn
A man and a boy travel towards the coast in a dark, grey, desolate, devastated landscape. We don't know their names - they don't matter any more. In this ruined, post-apocalyptic world, nothing grows and nothing can ultimately survive. The two travel the road, hiding from other, potentially hostile, survivors. When they find old stores of food, they eat, otherwise they starve.Despite its bleakness, which is reflected in the stark language and organisation of the book, the story is full of hope. Without hope, the two would not be travelling. Throughout the book, the reader wonders why the man doesn't just give up. But that would mean having to kill the child and then himself. The man, although he is clearly very sick, can't bring himself to commit the act. He must have hope of something. But what? That there are other good guys out there?Towards the end of the book, the man knows he is dying. Effectively, he abandons his child, telling him to keep going. To me it seemed an extreme and irrational hope, given the preceeding journey. And yet, the book does end on a hopeful note.This is a very thought-provoking and troubling read. We wonder what we would do, in the same circumstances. (I suspect that I would have given up long before the start of the story.) The language strongly reflects the story, it is stark and plain. The organisation is in short passages, with no chapters, and repitition of themes - reflecting the journey along the road. Like the road, there is no ultimate conclusion.
Review by CGBerendt
A good read - the growing tension was wonderfully achieved.
Review by gillianhanlon
Not as good as the hype would have you believe.
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