The future seems bleak. Nuclear holocaust has destroyed what was formally a magnificent world. No living thing remains other than human beings; no cows or chickens, no geese, not even any insects or trees. The entire world is gray. There are simple pleasures in life. A can of coke, dusty with grime, seemingly centuries old. Some seeds, not tasty, but edible. And then there is the boy. The boy knows nothing of comfort, and yet he never complains. The man remembers the night he was born almost as vividly as he remembers the night his wife left. He knows the boy will not make it through the winter, and so he travels. He travels even without possessions, almost without hope, to the South, toward the sea. Will they make it? Only time will tell.
Cormac McCarthy is one of America's most celebrated novelists. Born in 1933, he has written ten books, including The Road and No Country for Old Men. His 1985 book Blood Meridian won the honor of being among books chosen for Time magazine's list of 100 best books written between 1923 and 2005. His book The Road was also listed in 2005 as Time Magazine's best book written in the last ten years. There is speculation that McCarthy will at one point be nominated for the Nobel prize in literature, as well.
The Road is an astounding tale of nature and perseverance, of hope and deliverance. It is appropriate for all audiences young adult and up, and is sure to be on any avid reader's wish list.
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. Download and start listening now!