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The Road

by Cormac Mccarthy

March 28, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
National Book Critic''s 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307387895

ISBN - 13: 9780307387899

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The Road

The Road

by Cormac Mccarthy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307387895

ISBN - 13: 9780307387899

About the Book

At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, spare of language and profoundly moving, this work is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the essential, sometimes terrifying power of filial love.

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When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he''d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world. His hand rose and fell softly with each precious breath. He pushed away the plastic tarpaulin and raised himself in the stinking robes and blankets and looked toward the east for any light but there was none. In the dream from which he''d wakened he had wandered in a cave where the child led him by the hand. Their light playing over the wet flowstone walls. Like pilgrims in a fable swallowed up and lost among the inward parts of some granitic beast. Deep stone flues where the water dripped and sang. Tolling in the silence the minutes of the earth and the hours and the days of it and the years without cease. Until they stood in a great stone room where lay a black and ancient lake. And on the far shore a creature that raised its dripping mouth from the rimstone pool and stared into the light with eyes dead white and sightless as the eggs of spiders. It swung its head low over the water as if to take the scent of what it could not see. Crouching there pale and naked and translucent, its alabaster bones cast up in shadow on the rocks behind it. Its bowels, its beating heart. The brain that pulsed in a dull glass bell. It swung its head from side to side and then gave out a low moan and turned and lurched away and lo
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From the Publisher

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
National Book Critic''s 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.

About the Author

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He attended the University of Tennessee in the early 1950s, and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years, two of them stationed in Alaska. McCarthy then returned to the university, where he published in the student literary magazine and won the Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing in 1959 and 1960. McCarthy next went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper . The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy''s editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner''s long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a traveling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel, Outer Dark .In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee. Outer Dark was published by Random House in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel, Child of God , was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener''s Son , which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press.In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel, Suttree , a book t
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Editorial Reviews

"His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy''s stature as a living master. It''s gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period." — San Francisco Chronicle "Vivid, eloquent . . . The Road is the most readable of [McCarthy''s] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization." — The New York Times Book Review "One of McCarthy''s best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal." — Los Angeles Times Book Review "Illuminated by extraordinary tenderness. . . . Simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear. The Road offers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be." — The New York Times "No American writer since Faulkner has wandered so willingly into the swamp waters of deviltry and redemption. . . . [McCarthy] has written this last waltz with enough elegant reserve to capture what matters most." — The Boston Globe "There is an urgency to each page, and a raw emotional pull . . . making [ The Road ] easily one of the most harrowing books you''ll ever encounter. . . . Once opened, [it is] nearly impossible to put down; it is as if you must keep reading in order for the characters to stay alive. . . . The Road is a deeply imagined work and harrowing
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Bookclub Guide

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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

"His tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy''s stature as a living master. It''s gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful. It might very well be the best book of the year, period." --San Francisco Chronicle

The introduction, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and author biography that follow are designed to stimulate your group''s discussion of The Road, the tender, harrowing new novel of unfailing hope amid epic devastation by acclaimed writer Cormac McCarthy.

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