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"A powerful read.…"
A powerful and unforgettable read. It was so gripping I could not put it down. I would highly recommend it!Read moreLess
"I will never forget this book…"
For an already paranoid mother of a toddler, it is a harrowing read.
A father and 10-year-old walks through a desolate and ruined landscape of what used to be America. All is bleak, only the little boy holds some hope for the future.
I thought about putting the book down several times, but ultimately I needed to know how it ends.
Beautiful, but heart-breaking story. I feel for the mother.
Not for the faint-hearted.Read moreLess
"Harrowing but inspiring, grim but beautiful, tragic but uplifting... the…"
Harrowing but inspiring, grim but beautiful, tragic but uplifting... the best book I've read for years. The Road is about the struggle of a father and son to survive in an post-apocalyptic America without food and shelter. Unforgettable.Read moreLess
"A harrowing read that I couldn't put down, the relationship…"
A harrowing read that I couldn't put down, the relationship between the Man and the Boy was incredibly realistic and touchingRead moreLess
"A powerful tale which stayed with me and DH in…"
A powerful tale which stayed with me and DH in a way no other book has ever done. It forces you to consider what is important in life and what choices you would make given the apocalypse.
I found the writing style was as impressively bleak as the landscape and the mental state of the characters.
This is not a feel good book.Read moreLess
"Has to be read, wish every politican would as well…"
Has to be read, wish every politican would as well - one of those scenarios that seems all too possible. Brilliant if shocking.Read moreLess
"Absolutely unforgettable. McCarthy's best (!?) and most accessable novel.…"
Absolutely unforgettable. McCarthy's best (!?) and most accessable novel.
Although perhaps the bleakest novel I have ever read, it was also uplifting and moving. And and incredible story of love between a father and son which few parents would not be moved by.
I love this book so much, 6 months on and have gifted it to many friends (many of whom have reading tastes that vary greatly from mine and all of whom loved it as much as me).
Undoubtedly a future classic.Read moreLess
"This is a horror story, but brilliantly told, full of…"
This is a horror story, but brilliantly told, full of sadness and anger about the waste of the earth. It's also a moving account of parenthood (in the worst possible circumstances) and a spiritual argument about the genetic imperative and love.Read moreLess
"I bought this title after seeing it listed as a…"
I bought this title after seeing it listed as a dystopian novel, a genre which I have particularly enjoyed in the past. Although it is quite distinctive from other dystopian novels such as Brave New World or 1984, in some ways I think The Road is almost the epitome of a dystopian novel.
Desolate in terms of both scenery and text, this book affected me like no other in recent times- I find myself hoarding canned products in the event of a future apocalypse! But most affecting of all was the relationship between the nameless father and son, who bear upon their shoulders humanity's remaining hope. It really made me think about my relationship with my son, and the things that we, as parents do for and expect of our children.
Without wishing to spoil the ending, I'm thankful that the book's conclusion did contain something of a message of hope- it would have simply been too depressing otherwise, especially given the fact that I was compelled to read from cover-to-cover as quickly as I possibly could; that's a lot of bleakness in one sitting without some respite!
The unconventional writing and speech did initially throw me, and I thought it rather gimmicky, but as I worked my way through the book it seemed thoroughly apt- normally this would reduce the rating I would be prepared to offer, but as it was appropriate in this instance it does not detract from my score, nor from the reading of the book.Read moreLess
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"I picked up this book at the library after seeing…"
I picked up this book at the library after seeing it featured in either a film or a tv drama and wondering "Why are they reading that?".
The style of writing is very child-like and difficult to read at first. There are a lot of rich imagery and lengthly descriptions about the characters' struggle to survive a post-apocolytic world.
It has certianly left a big impression on me, despite thinking I had left the book behind I think of it constantly. I have even changed my life and am now very environmentally and politically conscious. Anyone who will read this book will be moved by the perseverance of the characters to survive, perhaps to life changing degrees, as I was.Read moreLess
"Unputdownable depiction of how life could (will?) be if the…"
Unputdownable depiction of how life could (will?) be if the worst happens - makes you appreciate nature, light, sun, food and relative peace while we have it...Read moreLess
"An apocalyptic tale told in a mesmerising and poetic, if…"
An apocalyptic tale told in a mesmerising and poetic, if spare, style.
Life changing stuff!Read moreLess