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The Road

2006 . Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller . Cormac McCarthy

8.6

Everyone

About the book

4.0/5.0

A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece. 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. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

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Year:

2006

Language:

English

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf

Pages:

241

ISBN:

0307265439 (ISBN13: 9780307265432)

Reviews

Mads Dalgaard

1 month ago

8

En fantastisk bog om håb, modløshed, tilfældigheder og hvad livet virkelig handler om. McCarthy er en mester i at beskrive følelser og scenerier på en levende måde og selvom bogen foregår i dystopisknfremtie, føles den alligevel nærværende og realistisk. Absolut god og (måske) opløftende læsning.

Michael Cohen

3 months ago

6

I enjoyed this book, but struggled through it. I was waiting for more action, for a plot to develop, for detail on why/how this apocalyptic world came about. The setting of this world is beautifully described, but after awhile it became redundant and I got a bit bored waiting for an inflection point that didn’t come. This opinion probably puts me in the minority, given all the accolades it has earned.

1 Comment

Haukur Thorsteinsson

4 months ago

8

Chilling description. Very human experience.

Markus Marañon Straarup

7 months ago

8

Something about this book makes it deeply captivating. It is so simple, so dark, yet so silently hopeful. Absolutely beautifully written.

2 Comments

Anne Ledertoug Vogel

7 months ago

9

Amazing read, but also horrifying. It’s dark and scary in a subtle way.

Oprahs Book Club

9 months ago

10

“It’s unlike any book I have chosen.” - Oprah

Therese Germain

1 year ago

10

Solemn post-apocalyptic story with great attention to detail. Just beautifully written.

Leah Burns

4 days ago

7

Mads Jacobsen

1 month ago

7

Lisbeth Kaae Holm

5 months ago

7

Elliot C

5 months ago

10

Nico Parker

6 months ago

10

Jose Alfonso

1 year ago

10

Kevin Healy

1 year ago

8