The Road, Paperback book

The Road[Paperback]

by Cormac Mccarthy

4.09 out of 5 (535 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
01 May 2009 
Modern & Contemporary 


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

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  • I wanted to not like this story but liked it anyway. At some points it seemed like the author attempted to use as many rarely used words as he could. Most of the time they flow in the story, but occasionally you'll stop and think "what??"It is not an action packed thriller. It's a LOT of the same thing, day after day, chapter after chapter, but that's the point of the story. Don't get it if you're expecting exciting tension packed explosions of prose - that simply ain't in here. The story is bleak and hopeless. There is nothing "feel good" about it so if you're prone to depression, stay away from this. The boy in the story sometimes made me want to throttle him ("shut up already, kid") but then I realized this meant that the story had truly captured me... And that's why this story is worth paying for: you'll get caught up in it, bleakness and all, and will keep reading in the hope that the "good" will be found.Is it found in the end? You'll have to read it to find out.

    5.00 out of 5


  • The unusual writing style was a little off-putting at first, but I quickly got used to it. This is an absolute classic of post-apocalyptic fiction. Up there with I Am Legend for me. Extremely bleak, but at the same time offering you a beleaguered glimpse of hope.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Artfully written and terribly sad.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Exploring a father's love for his son in a world collapsed around them. Possibly McCarthy's best work

    5.00 out of 5


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