The Road (Oprah''s Book Club)

by Cormac McCarthy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780307387899 Global Overview for this book
Registered by indygo88 of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 5/7/2008
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
"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."

I recently picked this up at a garage sale & just finished reading the audio version.

I didn't think the description of this book sounded particularly engaging when I'd read it, but I'd seen lots of good reviews, so I put it on my wishlist. And although it was extremely depressing, I was engaged throughout the entire story & had trouble putting it aside. It was one of those hauntingly beautiful books. I did have a little trouble with the lack of personalization (i.e. "the man" and "the boy" as opposed to names), although I think I understand why the author chose to do it that way. And I'm still pondering the ending...not sure how I felt about it. But overall a very good book!

Journal Entry 2 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, June 13, 2008
Going into Trekwoman's Everyone's a Prizewinner bookbox!

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize (2007)

Journal Entry 3 by batty14 from Schuylerville, New York USA on Monday, July 7, 2008
Selected from Trekwoman's "Every One's a (Prize) Winner" box. Looks like a great book!

Journal Entry 4 by batty14 from Schuylerville, New York USA on Saturday, March 28, 2009
This was on my wishlist list for a while. I had heard many good things about it, yet for me it didn't hold up to the hype. It was very disturbing. Makes you greatly for what you have in your life and the road you are on.

Journal Entry 5 by batty14 at Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 3, 2009

Released 13 yrs ago (8/4/2009 UTC) at Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases



Sending off in my tradebook fiction bookbox.

Journal Entry 6 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, August 20, 2009
Taking from batty's trade paperback bookbox - while it might be depressing, I am intrigued by the premise and will give it a try - thank you!

Journal Entry 7 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Saturday, December 26, 2009
I read this in a day and a half. Although rather bleak in nature, I found it to be a page turner keeping me wondering what would happen next. A vivid picture of what the world might be like if mankind came to a catastrophic end. Yet it held out a small ray of hope that despite how bad it could be if we have each other we can see it through in some fashion. A thought-provoking book.

I understand there is now a movie ...

Journal Entry 8 by dancing-dog at Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 21, 2010

Released 13 yrs ago (2/21/2010 UTC) at Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases



Adding this to elizardbreath's Books People Would Actually Read bookbox - enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingbookstogivewing from Springville, Tennessee USA on Friday, February 26, 2010
Selected out of Elizardbreath's Books People Would Actually Read Bookbox, thanks for including it!

Journal Entry 10 by winglove2cookwing at Snellville, Georgia USA on Saturday, September 7, 2019

Released 3 yrs ago (9/6/2019 UTC) at Snellville, Georgia USA


Released to Shroffland for her little free library.

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Journal Entry 11 by Shroffland at Snellville, Georgia USA on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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