The Road

The Road

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - A searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful (San Francisco Chronicle).

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.

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 03/28/2007
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.20w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780307387899

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 114669 / Road

Award: Tayshas Reading - Commended

Review Citation(s):
Kliatt 07/01/2007 pg. 26
New York Times 05/27/2007 pg. 24
Books & Culture 09/01/2007 pg. 40
Christianity Today 01/01/2010 pg. 72
Entertainment Weekly 07/05/2013 pg. 97

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright who has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A number of his works have been adapted into films, including All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and the four-time Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men.