The Road

Paperback, 304 pages

English language

Published March 28, 2007 by Vintage.

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4 stars (8 reviews)

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 …

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A tale of emotional and physical stamina

4 stars

I think the takeaway with this tale is to never stop trying, to never give up. There’s no promise of something better, just the very human decision to will yourself forward. That if a better place is indeed out there, it can only be reached through effort, one step at a time.

Overwrought, didn't quite land for me

3 stars

I can see why for many this is a beloved book for some, but it didn't capture me.

The writing often felt plodding and overwrought, instead of evocative and touching. And this novel is all scene and style and very little story, so there was not much else to go on.

I found myself wishing this had been a short story instead of a novel.

Pietra miliare post apocalittica

5 stars

I romanzi distopici di solito presentano dei mondi, immaginati nei dettagli, qui non c'è quasi niente. Non c'è neanche quella denuncia sociale o politica tipica dei romanzi distopici. Parla più della natura umana. Qui non c'è quasi niente, una strada che non porta da nessuna parte, che attraversa il nulla rimasto inutilmente, non c'è un passato, non c'è un futuro, non ci sono ragioni o spigazioni. Scarno, essenziale, scheletrico, nudo e crudo, freddo e oscuro, questo inferno, alla fine, parla della bontà.

Menschliches und Unmenschliches

4 stars

Cormac McCarthy weiß, was er tut und das ist das Problem mit diesem Buch. Die graue, verbrannte Welt erwacht zum Leben, der Vater und sein Junge treten einem zu nahe, dass man es ertragen kann. Der Subtext explodiert, während McCarthy sich mit den Worten zurückhält, und so tauch man vollkommen in die Hoffnungslosigkeit ein. Er weiß, wie man die Leserschaft fesselt an diese emotional aufwühlende Irrfahrt durch die Postapokalypse. Ein wenig zu lang leidet man mit den Protagonisten, bis man zermürbt am Ende des Buchs ankommt. Der Schrecken gedeiht in dieser Welt ungehemmt und selbst mit Kleinkindern hat McCarthy keinerlei Gnade. Wer keine Angst vor einer bewegenden Geschichte und viel emotionale Kapazität hat, soll die Straße lesen, doch gerade Eltern seien gewarnt, dass dies ein Horrorbuch ist.

En mi carretera

4 stars

Así como a los vinos les afecta el terroir, el clima, la contaminación ambiental, el maridaje escogido, las condiciones meteorológicas y lugar donde se prueba y hasta la compañía de quien lo cata etc., los libros se ven afectados por el lugar, el tiempo y el estado de ánimo de quien los lee. Es por ello que siempre aclaro que las estrellas con las que los califico hablan de mi disfrute, no de aspectos técnicos o la maestría con que estén abiertos. Tal es el caso de La carretera, de Cormac McCarthy.

Duda: ¿En qué difiere el nunca será de lo que nunca fue?

Este libro estaba en mi mesa de noche cuando mi papá murió. Lo comencé unos días antes. Se mantuvo sin leer casi una semana y media. Y para colmo, el tema parecía embonar perfectamente con lo que acontecía en mi vida en esos momentos. Estas …

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