The Road eBook by Cormac McCarthy
Click Here to Download the Book A searing, post apocalyptic 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.
Reviews Wanted to put in a quick plug for the audio version of Cormac McCarthy's The Roadread by Tom Stechschulte. I believe it is the finest audio book I have ever listened to -- McCarthy's riveting prose and Stechschulte's powerful voice combine to stunning effect. I literally could not stop listening, hiking mile upon mile around the streets of Seattle with my CD player jogging on my hip, drinking in McCarthy's story of a destroyed world filled with pain, fear and desperation, relieved only by the dogged love of a father for his son. As with many audio books, but particularly in the case of this author, I would also recommend a hard copy either as a companion or as a follow-on read. A not inconsiderable part of the joy of reading McCarthy involves reveling in his powerful use of language, of re-reading his exquisitely crafted metaphors and perfectly elliptical constructions which, in addition to being things of great beauty in isolation, still move the story line along with dispatch. In short, there will be times you will want to stop and go over a passage in detail, to pause for reflection or simply to let the raw emotion of this elemental story wash over you. The audio production is wonderful but the format is not ideal for these moments. In this respect I'm suggesting you consider handling this audio book as you might a Shakespeare play. The live performance will be unforgettable but having the written pages at hand to savor at leisure provide yet another level of enjoyment with each approach complementing the other.
I finished reading "The Road" this past weekend and was riveted. This is the first Cormac McCarthy read for me; I had seen "No Country for Old Men" when it was in the theatres. The film still haunts me, months later. It took me a few pages to get into the rhythm of McCarthy's writing style, for the story to grab me. Grab me, it did. Strong and succinct storytelling, a power-packed, netherworld story contained in a minimum of Pulitzer Prize-winning pages. I was there on the road with the father and son, keeping them alive by my continued reading (as one reviewer mentioned). I saw, tasted, smelled, heard, and felt everything they encountered. I marveled at the father's love for and fierce protectiveness of his son, the son's innocent goodness and clear understanding of what matters in life. I became grateful for the air I breathe, the beauty I see, the food I eat, the water I drink, the clothing I wear, the car I drive, the bed upon which I sleep warmly every night.
This is a story of hope,life and survival amidst hopelessness, death and desolation. Bravo, Cormac McCarthy!
Amazing amazing book. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, but it is one of those truly unforgettable novels that leaves you reeling in raw emotion. The novel is set in a bleak post-apocalytic world. The earth is scorched, the sky is gray from the ash that blocks the sun, and rain comes down in black streaks from the sky. Journeying through wasteland are a nameless father and son (referred to only as "the man" and "the boy") who are making their way to towards the coast. The story takes place in the U.S., but exactly which coast they were headed toward is never mentioned. Whatever event(s) took place that caused the end of the modern world- whether it was nuclear fall-out or some sort of natural phenomenon, the author never explains. It is sufficient to say that hardly a living thing survived the event. The Man and The Boy are among of the few human beings that still exist on earth, and are part of an even smaller portion that have not resorted to savage-like behavior and cannibalism. There are definitely some very gruesome and unsettling scenes, but these are contrasted with the strong love that holds the father and son together- this love and preserves their humanity and their innocence in such violent circumstances. The Man's background is not explained much, but I find it reasonable he is very intelligent and even hints that perhaps he was in a medical profession. I love the recurring phrase "we carry the fire" as The Man assures his son repeatedly in the story. "The fire," I believe, is a metaphor for human goodness and civility. Those are what The Man and The Boy carry with them, and that is why we are left with some hope at the end. I thought that I would struggle at first with the author's writing style. He writes in fragmented sentences and never uses quotation marks. However, it only took a moment to realize that not this is an ingenious technique that fits perfectly with the spirit and the feeling of the story: A simple plot with complex undertones of what it would be like if the world as we knew it ceased to exist. There was minimal dialogue, but so much emotion comes through in the realness of the characters. It was masterfully written and composed. Wonderful book.
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