The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

By Cormac McCarthy

  • Release Date: 2006-09-26
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,593 Ratings
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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The 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

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Enchanting

    By Ibravori
    Although McCarthy creates a novel full of tension and wretched survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The messages portrayed by the father and son are powerful and impactful. Will definitely read again!
  • Unlike anything else

    By A boy who reads
    I only read this book because my dad said to. I was a little skeptical when I started but quickly began enjoying every second of it. It's a slow moving book with many horrible and gruesome events that take place. The conversations between the man and boy are very well written, like an actual child is talking. Overall it was very entertaining, fascinating, and heartbreaking book all at once.
  • A book of its own.

    By OwlMaster64
    I love the book and I love the movie. I read this book in high school and did a report on it. I was given an A for "nailing it" (the exact words use by the teacher). This book was a page turner for me. I wanted to know what happen next and before I knew it I had read the final page I grew sad that I wouldn't find out what happened next. I do not usually like books that could have terrible things in them but u needed to know what beheld in this book "The Road"
  • Absolutely breathtaking story

    By mjm11983
    Any book enthusiast should read this book at least once. An absolutely brilliant read.
  • Odd book

    By DHerrold73
    All I can say is it was a very odd book.
  • Depressing

    By Tednot
    Overrated, depressing book. Forced myself to keep reading to give it an honest shot. No thanks!
  • Amazing

    By ko_xken
    A very good read from start to finish. I could not bring myself to put the book down. I would read on my break at work and in between classes at school. Highly recommend to any one who was a good post apocalyptic story
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  • Disturbing

    By jodybusmc
    Great read. Very disturbing. I would highly recommend this book.
  • A dark, hopeless, dreary journey

    By designbymichael
    I'm a sucker for a good apocalyptic story, but this one took a bit of mental effort to trudge through the monotony, the hopelessness, and the dreary dark tale of this father and son seeking to find something, anything, towards the southern coast. I struggle between three and four stars — it was well-written, but monotonous; emotionally tugging at times, but fatiguing with few emotional highs to propel you forward. But then again, this is the near end of humanity and the most certain end of a civilized world — the book was bleak through and through.