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Alexis VanHorn


The Road

Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road is a touching book that changed the way I look at life. The Road makes you realize everything that you actually have and to never take anything for granted. This book goes by very fast and is written beautifully. As you read the book you feel like you are there and going through all of this with them. Living with no water, no food, and no shelter it is tough but their love never fades away. He likes to write in a poetic form which brings more meaning to what he is writing. McCarthy actually took conversations that he had with his own son and put them into this book. To me, I loved the book and would recommend this to anyone who loves to read. It is such a well written book and very easy to read.

Dave


The Road

I would read this book on my lunch hour at work. After closing the book I would thank the Lord for my food because I was transported from The Road.

I was the third person walking next to the father and son but how could this be done it's only a book or is it? I've been trying to find out how this book fools my brain into thinking I'm there with them? I have found 2 other books like this but nothing comes really close.

The poetic statements about every third page brings "awe" and wonder to the reading journey, in fact I forget I'm reading and forget time all together.

This book makes finding fiction more difficult because I'm subconsciously comparing the Rolls-Royce to regular car. Examples: Deep stone flues where the water dripped and sang. Who writes like that?

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Brayden Stotler


Nice

I loved the book. Wow, it is the bomb.

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Ally


Great Book

I just read this book for an AP English IV paper. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike another reviewer, I liked McCarthy's use of the stereotypical father/son (father willing to do anything to protect the son). I found that it made the book relatable to all people, for all are the child of someone. Regardless of your relationship with your parents/children, you can relate to a desire to have a relationship in which another person whole-heartedly loves and cares for you. The presence of this stereotype softens the otherwise harsh and chilling tone of the novel. The short sentences and abundant but simple dialogue is given depth by the relationship between the father and son.
I would write more, but I am off to write my paper. In summary, I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to people of all ages and backgrounds. Threads of love and hope are woven through the scenes of sadness and struggle. Great for a book club or a school project, as it is easy to read but dense in meaning and varied in interpretations.

Karen V


Review: "The Road"

The Road is one of the most compelling books I have read that elevates the value of life, no matter how bleak the circumstances.
From the first sentence to the last, you are drawn into the theme as a traveler with the man and boy. You experience every step, every good fortune, every savored morsel of food, every drink of water, every shelter from the cold.
If you are seeking a story that portrays real hope, faith and love, you will want to read "The Road".

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‘The Road’ is one of the most twisted and beautiful books I have ever read. Each paragraph is written in an almost poetic style. McCarthy writes: “All the day they traveled through the drifting haze of woodsmoke. In the draws the smoke coming off the ground like mist and the thin black trees burning on the slopes like stands of heathen candles.” This vivid description can give almost anyone the chills, and each paragraph is written with details such as this. ‘The Road’ is a must read on all accounts.

Shana


Bodies in Basements: It's the End of the World as We Know It

With a touching story of a father and son struggling to remain whole in a broken world, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road displays an excellent assembly of powerful imagery and a classic flickering hope for a brighter future. While this experimental, post-apocalyptic novel describes a dark Earth and its merciless inhabitants, McCarthy puts an intense emphasis on what little hope the world continues to possess in the form of a boy, born after the end of civilized society, who “carries the fire” and inspires others to do the same.

Faced with vicious cannibals, ruthless thieves, and the occasional straggler not so different from themselves, the father and son journey south along “The Road” in hopes to reach a warmer climate before the cold and deadly winter sweeps over them. Food is scarce, shelter is rare, and potential dangers lurk around every corner. Although suicide is a tempting option, they continue through the ash and snow to survive, refusing to surrender although the world has already abandoned them. Any science fiction reader with an interest in opening basement doors to find a pantry of food in the form of still-breathing human beings and a preference for a bittersweet ending will definitely possess a fondness for this novel.

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While particularly exploring the collapse of society and the breakdown of social standards, the main description of the story is spun in an intricate web of sentence fragments depicting mostly the landscape and the psychological stresses on the main characters’ minds; although do not confuse McCarthy’s lack of proper sentence structure and his frequently confusing refusal to include quotation marks and other indications of “who-spoke-when’s” with a case of ignoring the accepted grammatical rules for the simple reason of “I just can.” Bold experimentation with style and form of writing is one of the many Modern characteristics that The Road possesses, a poetic quality few can achieve with such finesse and elegance as McCarthy. The novel remains something of an “easy read,” written in a straightforward fashion, a relief from the numerous novels that are frequently undermined by their over stylized and flowery descriptions.

The Road definitely goes on the top shelf of my bookcase with the rest of my favorites. It’s heart-wrenching, curious, and invigorating – leaving the interpretation for what ended the modern world completely up to my own bit of imagination, a trait I can easily admire. McCarthy’s granted the rare coupling of wanting more while at the same time feeling completely satisfied with its ending. A perfect candidate for a rainy day, once you start down The Road, there’s no turning back.

Mason


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The one time I went camping, it was only for one night, and we had plenty of supplies. The book The Road throws you right into a world of darkness and devastation where every minute you have to struggle to live. Cormac McCarthy uses extreme description to make you feel as if you are in a post apocalyptic world. The openness and loose ends make it all the more real. Not only was it an interesting journey through a scorched landscape it was a very easy book to read.

The book follows a father and his son through some of the harshest conditions imaginable. You can feel yourself take their place from having a vivid picture of what is going on around the two people implanted into your head. They passed a metal trash dump where someone had once tried to burn bodies. The charred meat and bones under the damp ash might have been anonymous save for the skulls. No longer any smell. The description of every situation makes it impossible not to picture what is going on to the father and the son. Almost all of the lines in this masterpiece are perfectly composed to give you something for every sense. The most interesting thing about The Road is the way it is written. This is my favorite part about it. The openness that this book has lets you plug in whatever you so choose to. The only things it gives you to link to what happened before the book is all of the flashbacks. They are littered throughout the book. Not once in those flashbacks however does it mention anything about the father or boy from before the beginning of the book. Cormac McCarthy didn't even name anyone. Not one sentence gives any insight to what happened to the world. McCarthy left all this open for you to interpret it for yourself. Put in whatever you want and you get your own version of the story.

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Reading The Road was extremely easy. This is a really good thing about this book. The print is big and paragraphs are spread out a lot. Pages fly by very quickly. The language is really easy to understand too. Each page and each paragraph and each word flows perfectly together and makes it almost impossible to put the book down for an extended period of time. The lack of chapters also makes it so that you can't stop reading because you can't just read to the next chapter. The only hard thing is that conversations are confusing to follow because there are no names and it doesn't say who is talking.

The only way to understand why this future classic is going to be considered a classic sometime in the future and why it won the Pulitzer Prize you have to read it. Go get this book and enjoy this journey of father and son and see how they go through ups and downs and love and hate they can strive and keep pushing through a world that has been completely burnt to a crisp.

FAQs

Is The Road difficult to read? ›

"The Road" was a difficult read, with its lack of punctuation, but it was an incredibly moving father-son account. To call it "a crass and embarrassing American product" may speak more to the writers personal sentiment than to the merit of the book.

What is the point of view of The Road? ›

Third Person (Omniscient)

What is the authors message in The Road? ›

Cormac McCarthy's purpose in writing 'The Road' was to show humanity that even though all other human feelings, like morality, happiness, and kindness have failed, love always prevails. The author wanted the readers to have an "aweee" moment.

What makes The Road a good book? ›

There is room for exploration within the many themes of this novel. The themes of the road include violence, love, mortality, spirituality, isolation, good vs. evil, memory/the past, strength and skill, versions of reality, compassion, and forgiveness. Students will love this book considering it will never get old!

What is Cormac McCarthy's darkest book? ›

If The Road is McCarthy's bleakest book, Blood Meridian is the most violent. It's a relentless and harrowing re-creation of historical events that occurred in the 1850s along the Texas-Mexico border.

Why do the people in The Road have no thumbs? ›

If the outcasts had been disowned by the communes, as their name indicates, it's more than likely to have been because they didn't obey the rules, consequently the most likely explanation for the missing thumbs is that it was done as punishment, something which Hillcoat says was, “some hint of tribal punishment in the ...

What point of view was used by the author in telling the story? ›

With first person point of view, the main character is telling the story. Readers will see the words "I," "me" or "we" in first person writing. It is commonly used for narratives and autobiographies.

What is the point of view of the author is it objective Why? ›

What is objective point of view? In an objective point of view, the narrator is not involved in the action of the story. Like a fly on the wall, they might report characters' actions, words, and expressions, yet the narrator cannot tell the reader exactly what any one character is thinking or feeling.

How does the point of view shape what the reader learns from the narrative? ›

How does the point of view shape what the reader learns from the narrative? It tells the reader how the narrator conquers her fears on her first day as a reporter. What does the author think about the sources she speaks to for her first story? She admires how they carry out their difficult jobs.

What is the lesson of The Road? ›

Lessons from The Road:

It may be predictable, or it may be unexpected. And it may be beyond the limits of our imagination. 2. People will go to great lengths to survive, including savagery, terrorism, and possibly cannibalism.

What are the key themes of The Road? ›

Themes
  • Violence.
  • Love.
  • Mortality.
  • Spirituality.
  • Isolation.
  • Good vs. Evil.
  • Memory and the Past.
  • Strength and Skill.

What does The Road represent in The Road? ›

As a unifying place for travel, the road is a place of both transience and danger, and in the novel it comes to symbolize the human drive to keep moving and keep surviving, no matter the circumstances.

What happens to the boy at the end of The Road? ›

Eventually, the boy decides to go, but not before he says goodbye to his father. The boy leaves his father covered in a blanket. The novel ends with the boy welcomed into a new family in this new world that he must learn to inhabit. The question of his future, and the future of humanity remains.

What is Cormac McCarthy trying to say in The Road? ›

In The Road, Cormac McCarthy conveys that in a lawless society ethics is questioned because of priorities. The son has a strong sense of being a “good guy” and is taught to run away from the “bad guys”. His father's teachings about what to look for in a good guy follows him even after the man has passed away.

What caused apocalypse in The Road? ›

There are many more reasons why a nuclear war is the most likely explanation for the apocalypse in The Road, but there's a reason why McCarthy kept it ambiguous. The Road isn't about that. It's about a man and his son fighting not only to survive in a hostile environment, but to preserve their morality.

What is carrying the fire in The Road? ›

In The Road, 'carrying the fire' symbolizes making moral decisions and maintaining hope for the future. The man inspires his son to persist in these ideals by telling him that there is protection for those who 'carry the fire.

Is there a sequel to The Road? ›

Cormac McCarthy: two new novels coming in 2022, 16 years after The Road. Sixteen years since his last novel, The Road, Cormac McCarthy's long awaited follow-up has finally been confirmed – with not one, but two new novels to be published one month apart later this year.

What do the cannibals represent in the road? ›

Cannibalism in The Road is both a constant threat to the boy and his father and a way to distinguish good guys from bad guys. Their encounters with cannibals show us the brutality of their world, but it also shows us their commitment to maintaining a moral code.

Where does the road take place? ›

Perhaps the bleakest part of this novel is the setting itself. The Southern United States is never explicitly named as the setting, but there are some mentions that lead us to believe the road itself winds through Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, or that general area.

What are the 3 point of views? ›

There are three main types of third-person point of view: limited, objective, and omniscient. The limited point of view is arguably the most popular.

How point of view affects a story? ›

Point of view is important in a story because it helps the reader understand characters' feelings and actions. Each character will have his or her own perspective, so whoever is telling the story will impact the reader's opinion of other characters and events.

What is the theme of the story meaning? ›

The term theme can be defined as the underlying meaning of a story. It is the message the writer is trying to convey through the story. Often the theme of a story is a broad message about life. The theme of a story is important because a story's theme is part of the reason why the author wrote the story.

What feeling does the author want to influence the reader? ›

Mood is the emotion the author wanted the readers to feel while reading about the subject. An author's tone influences the story's mood and atmosphere.

What is author's main argument? ›

Main Idea, Content, Warrant. The claim is the author's main argument—what the author wants you to do, think, or believe by the time you finish reading the text. The content is the evidence which provides the support and reasoning upon which the claim is built.

How do you examine the author's main argument and point of view? ›

The first question asks if the argument is logical, or if the argument makes sense in the context or situation.
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When you're assessing the arguments of two pieces of writing, consider three main questions:
  1. Is the point of view logical?
  2. Is the point of view supported?
  3. Does the argument have appropriate sources?
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What is it called when the narrator speaks directly to the reader? ›

Most of the time, our narrators are speaking directly to our readers. We may not do so as directly as Charlotte Bronte (“Reader, I married him.”) but it is implied, no matter the voice that we're using.

Why is point of view important? ›

Point of view is an important literary device for exploring a story. The point of view an author chooses can determine how the reader understands and participates in the story. Point of view can be used to express the feelings, thoughts, motivations, and experiences of one or many.

What are the 5 types of point of view? ›

In fact, there are only five different types of narrative point of view:
  • first-person.
  • second-person.
  • third-person omniscient.
  • third-person limited.
  • third-person objective.
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What is the conflict in The Road? ›

The Struggle for Survival: Conflict and Creativity

Conflict is a prominent theme in The Road. It is evident in the ashen landscape, in the bands of marauding men, in the disagreement between father and son about whether to help fellow survivors.

Is The Road a hopeful book? ›

Award-winning, movie-spawning, but also hopeful—even out of ashes of the world's end? Yes, The Road by Cormac McCarthy is all those things and more.

What lesson can we learn from The Road Not Taken? ›

The main theme of "The Road Not Taken" is making choices. You will make many choices in your life, and those choices can come with many different thoughts about what could have happened if you had chosen differently.

What are some symbols in the book The Road? ›

  • Death and Violence.
  • Familial Love.
  • Survival and Perseverance.
  • Faith, Trust, and Doubt.
  • Dreams and Memory.
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How does the play The Road portray the theme of death? ›

In Cormac McCarthy's The Road, death becomes such a big part of a father and son's world after a cataclysmic event destroys civilization. They become emotionally detached from grief and fear related to death. Let's examine some examples of how death emerges as a theme, or central idea, of this novel.

Is The Road science fiction? ›

But to answer the question in the title, yes, The Road is science fiction. McCarthy may be traveling a well worn path, but his book is still SF.

What does the boy symbolize in The Road? ›

The Boy represents kindness and innocence. The Boy symbolizes hope to the new world as well as holy figure in many ways. McCarthy often describes The Boy using religious symbols and language.

What does the light symbolize in The Road? ›

As a father and a son struggle to survive, McCarthy employs the motif of grayness, recurrent with the dichotomous symbols of fire and light, representing hope and life, and ashes, death, to explore the ambiguities of morality during survival.

What does the Coca Cola represent in The Road? ›

McCarthy uses an iconic product to make connection to the old world's American capitalist way of life. This motif of Coca-Cola shows that the boy was born post-apocalypse but also how long approximately it has been since the world fell apart.

What does Ely represent in The Road? ›

Ely then represents the state of humanity and the level of despair to which it has descended. The boy's kindness is the way in which he will rescue people from their current plight. Even though Ely denies the existence of God, there is the subtle suggestion that the boy might restore hope.

What does the father say is the bravest thing he ever did Why? ›

Why? The father says the bravest thing he did was "getting up this morning". The father wants to die. He is sick and exhausted but he gets up for his boy.

What is the climax of The Road? ›

They hide from cannibals in order to survive their trip with only a pistol and two bullets. They struggle to keep themselves fed.

What makes The Road a good book? ›

There is room for exploration within the many themes of this novel. The themes of the road include violence, love, mortality, spirituality, isolation, good vs. evil, memory/the past, strength and skill, versions of reality, compassion, and forgiveness. Students will love this book considering it will never get old!

What do they find buried in the yard The Road? ›

In the yard, he discovers the buried door to an underground bomb shelter stocked with water, food, beds, blankets, clothing, bathing supplies, and a stove.

Why is The Road by Cormac McCarthy popular? ›

The accessibility of this book, the love between father and son expressed in their quicksilver conversations, and the pathos of their story will make the novel popular, perhaps beyond “All the Pretty Horses,” which had a love story and characters you might befriend and not run from, and which delivered McCarthy out of ...

What does the last paragraph of The Road mean? ›

The ending of the paragraph is in a way, eerie. The human race left nothing, but the idea of the once beautiful world. Everything after that is just a blur of catastrophe. Therefore the only word to describe the world as it was left to the uncertain future is with what the paragraph began with: "once"

Is The Road dystopian? ›

Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006) features a dystopian vision of a post-cataclysmic world in which the physical environment has been turned into an anti-landscape and humans have turned to savagery.

How similar is The Road movie to the book? ›

This movie is a very faithful adaptation of the book. John Hillcoat hired screen writer Joe Penhall because Penhall felt the dialogue of the novel did not need to be changed. The events are all the same as well. There are a couple scenes from the book that aren't in the movie, but all the major scenes are the same.

How long does it take to read the road Cormac McCarthy? ›

Cormac McCarthy 3 Books Collection Set (The Road, Blood Meridian & No Country for Old Men) The average reader will spend 5 hours and 37 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute). How quickly can you read this book? To find your reading speed you can take one of our WPM tests.

Is Cormac McCarthy worth reading Reddit? ›

YES! It is one of the great novels of the 20th century and it features my favourite villain of all time.

What is the point of The Road by Cormac McCarthy? ›

The Road is a 2006 post-apocalyptic novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. The book details the grueling journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed industrial civilization and almost all life.

What does the last paragraph of The Road mean? ›

The ending of the paragraph is in a way, eerie. The human race left nothing, but the idea of the once beautiful world. Everything after that is just a blur of catastrophe. Therefore the only word to describe the world as it was left to the uncertain future is with what the paragraph began with: "once"

Does The Road have a happy ending? ›

The novel ends with the boy welcomed into a new family in this new world that he must learn to inhabit. The question of his future, and the future of humanity remains. The boy talks with the woman about God, and he admits to the woman that it's easier for him to talk to his father instead of to God.

Which book we should not read? ›

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What is Cormac McCarthy's best novel? ›

Cormac McCarthy

What Cormac McCarthy book should I start with? ›

For new readers of Cormac McCarthy's work, All the Pretty Horses is a perfect place to start. The book is classic McCarthy in style, but the plotting is more traditional than that of his earlier novels. The protagonist is wonderful, and there is a love story.

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