The Road

The Road

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The Road is the astonishing post-apocalyptic and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy.

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.

'So good that it will devour you. It is incandescent.' - Daily Telegraph
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 230g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprints
  • 9780330513005
  • 1,818

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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. -- Andrew O'Hagan McCarthy conjures from this pitiless flight the miracle of unswerving humanity. Gripping beyond belief. -- Chris Cleave * Sunday Telegraph * One of the most shocking and harrowing but ultimately redemptive books I have read. It is an intensely intimate story. It is also a warning. -- Kirsty Wark * Observer Books of the Year * So good that it will devour you. It is incandescent. * Daily Telegraph * You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerized. All the modern novel can do is done here. -- Alan Warner * Guardian * A masterpiece that will soon be considered a classic. * Herald *
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About Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Blood Meridian, All The Pretty Horses and No Country For Old Men. Among his honours are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the Pulitzer Prize for The Road.
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799,125 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 38% (305,317)
4 34% (273,806)
3 18% (142,393)
2 6% (50,247)
1 3% (27,362)

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i agree with previous reviewer...the full impact of the book only hitting you once you've finished. for me, it was a bit slow to begin with, but then suddenly it became addictive, culminating in me preferring to be home reading it than out socialising. it is very sad, but i am so glad i read this more
by tracey Bajars
A devastatingly sad and beautiful tale set in a post-apocalyptic America. McCarthy's prose is harrowing at times, and the descriptive imagery is haunting; yet I did not regret reading this book. It gives you much to think about; the full impact of the story only hitting you when you've finished the book. The Road can be bleak and unsettling, but it's essential reading. Highly more
by Fran Adams
It took me a while to finish this book but no regrets when I finally finished it. Highly recommended for the patient reader. A journey of a father and son through a ravaged and burned America. With only a pistol with a few left bullets to defend themselves. A future with no hope but for father and son having the love for each other is enough to sustain and keep them going. Vivid, thought provoking and endearing story of hope, courage and more
by R.D-Diaz
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