The Road is one of the most depressing, stark and lonely books a person can read and it is absolutely amazing. McCarthy creates a world that has fallen off of its precipice. Nothing can grow anymore, the cities have emptied and the few humans left scramble for food, resorting to even eating each other. The story follows a boy and his father and their harrowing journey to stay alive. Stripped away from the normal world The Road explores the worth of a human life and the extremes humans go to preserve themselves. Backed by minimal and poignant pose McCarthy carves a dim future where all that matters page after page is the hope of one little boy.
NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER 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 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. A New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post