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Weekend Reading: The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

3 sentences or less about fascinating books that beg to be read in less than 3 days.*

The Road by Cormac McCarthyMan’s struggle in a post-apocalyptic world is not a new theme. Literature (The Hunger Games) and film (The Book of Eli) continue to explore an idea that can be traced back to Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel, The Last Man, but McCarthy’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner surpasses them all with its compelling father-son relationship, quick pace, and vivid prose. McCarthy’s two protagonists, named only “the father” and “the son,” navigate a harsh landscape so exceptionally realized that it will pull you within its boundaries until you hear each footstep’s crunch of ash and feel the eerie silence of the dark new world.


Read more about The Road from the NY Times Sunday Book Review.

*Individual reading times may vary due to factors such as fatigue, the presence of children, or beautiful WNC weather. The LRC is not responsible if you do not finish within the advertised 3 days. We do, however,  guarantee that our library staff finds each featured title compelling enough that it may cause readers to lose sleep or skip favorite TV shows in order to find out what happens next.



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