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Best known for his Border Trilogy, hailed in the San Francisco Chronicle as "an American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century," Cormac McCarthy has written ten rich and often brutal novels, including last year's bestselling No Country for Old Men, and this year's The Road. Profoundly dark, told in spare, searing prose, The Road is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece, one of the best books we've read this year, but in case you need a second (and expert) opinion, we asked Dennis Lehane, author of equally rich, occasionally bleak and brutal novels, to read it and give us his take. Read his glowing review below. --Daphne Durham
Starred Review. Violence, in McCarthy's postapocalyptic tour de force, has been visited worldwide in the form of a "long shear of light and then a series of low concussions" that leaves cities and forests burned, birds and fish dead and the earth shrouded in gray clouds of ash. In this landscape, an unnamed man and his young son journey down a road to get to the sea. (The man's wife, who gave birth to the boy after calamity struck, has killed herself.) They carry blankets and scavenged food in a shopping cart, and the man is armed with a revolver loaded with his last two bullets. Beyond the ever-present possibility of starvation lies the threat of roving bands of cannibalistic thugs. The man assures the boy that the two of them are "good guys," but from the way his father treats other stray survivors the boy sees that his father has turned into an amoral survivalist, tenuously attached to the morality of the past by his fierce love for his son. McCarthy establishes himself here as the closest thing in American literature to an Old Testament prophet, trolling the blackest registers of human emotion to create a haunting and grim novel about civilization's slow death after the power goes out. 250,000 announced first printing; BOMC main selection.(Oct.)
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The Road is a grey, tragic, beautiful story of a father and son wandering through what is left of the world. Read morePublished 9 days ago by chris
I wasn't a fan of this book. Normally i can sit down and read a book in two days but this one took me three months. I found it boring and the writing style was not to my liking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kyra
“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy is the powerful post-apocalyptic story of a father and his young son, struggling to survive in the aftermath of an unspecified calamity that has... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rashmi Pluscec
Welcome to the darkest, bleakest father-son story written since biblical times. The Road is a compelling combination of McCarthy's Blood Meridian with its terse observations on how... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun