The Road (Compact Disc)
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The Road is an intensely beautiful and harsh book, the last published by Cormac McCarthy. It’s prose still gives me chills. Just read the first ten pages and see. The book follows the fortunes of an unnamed man and his son as they journey across a mysterious post-apocalyptic America. Outlaws and far worse plague the destroyed landscape. They are heading towards the east coast in search of some unnamed hope. The whole story is shrouded in mystery. What caused the devastation? What happened in the previous lives of the Man and Son? Perhaps their love for each other is the real focus of the book.— Ben
The 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.