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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 the bestselling No Country for Old Men, and 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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Horribly, horribly depressing. If you were not depressed before you read this book, you might just go into clinical depression reading it--no, in fact, you might just think about... Read morePublished 6 days ago by radioguy1
Passages of such beauty, a story that never loses its forward motion, the telling of the aftermath of a world apocalypse. Father and son and triumph of goodness. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
I can imagine now what the earth may be like if it is burned. Many of the deepest horrors are touched on in this book and it is too painful for me to ponder. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susan Bush
Maybe I had really high expectations of the book so it lost some of its effect one me. But nonetheless I really enjoyed the spare prose the author employed and the tension in the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
A boy and his father and life after the apocalypse. It makes you wonder what life would be like, feel what they went through, and praying that it never ever comes true...Published 11 days ago by Sharon
To say that The Road is a rather dark book would be quite the understatement....
As far as dystopian literature goes, this is quite a step. Read more
I like the story, the setting and the realism. The writing style is not my cup of tea. But don't let that overshadow everything. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Oslovan