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The Road

The Road

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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.

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 09/26/2006
Pages: 241
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.56h x 6.02w x 1.16d
ISBN: 9780307265432

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

Award: ALA Notable Books - Winner
Award: Quill Awards - Winner
Award: Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Honor Book
Award: National Book Critics Circle Award - Finalist
Award: Pulitzer Prize - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/01/2006 pg. 64
Publishers Weekly 07/24/2006 pg. 32
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2006 pg. 694
Booklist 08/01/2006 pg. 9
Library Journal 09/01/2006 pg. 137
Men's Journal 10/01/2006 pg. 52
Vanity Fair 10/01/2006 pg. 146
Entertainment Weekly 09/29/2006 pg. 85
New Yorker (The) 10/02/2006 pg. 91
Time 10/09/2006 pg. 68
Commonweal 12/01/2006 pg. 19
People Weekly 12/25/2006 pg. 58
Time 12/25/2006 pg. 182
Entertainment Weekly 12/29/2006 pg. 134
New York Times 10/08/2006 pg. 1
LJ Best Books of Year 01/01/2007 pg. 53
Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2007 pg. 10
New York Review of Books 02/15/2007 pg. 24
Christian Century 03/06/2007 pg. 38
Time 01/28/2008 pg. 113
Entertainment Weekly 06/27/2008 pg. 96
Time 11/30/2009 pg. 77
Entertainment Weekly 12/11/2009 pg. 77

About the Author
Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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