The Road

The Road Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

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 Roadis 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.

Book Reviews


Great writing5 star

Beautiful minimalist writing. I love the lyrical attributes and rhythm you feel while reading The Road. I drew a lot of inspiration from McCarthy in my own writing55


Excellent5 star

Likely outcome eventually55


GCBSF: Good Cataclysm. Baby-Sitting Father!5 star

Dear Cormac – Wow. The writing in this is very good. I worry about you. Because if this story was inside of you, it must be pretty dark in there. How are you? We loved the babysitting in this scintillating novel – I particularly loved the scene where the man taught the boy to shoot a flair gun. This novel and the Ann M. Martin classic “BSC in the USA” speak to each other across the void. Both are about road trips, babysitting, and flawed father figures. Cormac - Quick question: Is this our actual future? By which we mean, is the heat death of the universe going to kill everyone we’ve known (and the humanity and warmth inside us) and snuff out every light we’ve ever turned our faces to in hope as the universe succumbs to entropy and everything descends into darkness? And finally, was it jorts when they find the pants and cut them? – Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring (P.S. We loved this one)55

Prophet Amos


The book had a good feel to it, at times quite depressing. I enjoyed the relationship between the father and his son. I was informed by an Apple Representative that McCarthy choose to keep contraction errors, which resulted in bastardizing the English language, and McCarthy passing poor grammar on to young impressionable minds. I gave it an OK rating due to the intentional errors by McCarthy.35


The most vivid images.5 star

I think this book is so exciting to read as you are inside what the author was trying to describe that he was painting in his head. I also think this book is great to read in a time of climate change. Reads like a movie playing in your thought process the whole road. McCarthy succeeded above and beyond in putting crystal clear images in the readers mind while they read making him a pure artist in literature.55

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Bleak but beautiful5 star

Words...words flow like prose. Each one chosen to portray this ruined and desolate land. I love the sparse use of punctuation, it seems so right, conversation flows. No names for man or boy. You must read this book, it’s a work of art, simply beautiful.55


Unreadable1 star

The e-version of this book is not readable. Whoever transcribed this sounded like he was black out drunk and failed 6th grade English more than once. The editor is just as bad for missing so many mistakes. I made it 5 pages. 5 pages was all I could manage before I stopped from frustration at how terribly written this is. Almost every sentence is missing commas, apostrophes, periods, has an extra period, has poor sentence structure, is a run on sentence, is full of unnecessary filler words, or is an incomplete sentence. Here are a few examples directly from the book. I didn’t change anything. “He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke.” “He pushed away the plastic tarpaulin and raised himself in the stinking robes and blankets and looked toward the east for any light but there was none.” “And on the far shore a creature that raised its dripping mouth from the rimstone pool and stared into the light with eyes dead white and sightless as the eggs of spiders.” “He pulled the blue plastic tarp off of him and folded it and carried it out to the grocery cart and packed it and came back with their plates and some cornmeal cakes in a plastic bag and a plastic bottle of syrup.” “October but he wasnt sure.” Excerpts From The Road Cormac McCarthy My 7 year old nephew is a better writer.15

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The Road3 star

I kept waiting for something hopeful to happen. This was a gray dismal story about mans' inhumanity to man.35


Deserving of a better film adaptation.5 star

Such an outstanding work of fiction surely deserves a better adaptation to the silver screen than the 2009 effort starring Viggo Mortensen. Cormac McCarthy creates a devastating, visceral landscape for our protagonists to journey across, & threatens us with calamity at every turn of the page.55


A great read5 star

A great choice for a weekend read-a-thon. Start on Friday evening and don’t stop until you are done on Sunday. Well written and deserving of all the praise it received.55

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