By Cormac McCarthy
Why this book?
If you haven’t read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, not only have you missed out on a masterpiece of writing, but I hate to say it…you are woefully unprepared for the end of the world. Focused on a father and son traveling on foot across the country after a nuclear holocaust, McCarthy paints a dark and fearsome post-apocalyptic future where food and sunlight are scarce, and roving bands of cannibals feast on those (un)lucky enough to have survived. While I would not necessarily describe the novel as an “uplifting” tale, the bond between father and son, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love at any cost are themes that loudly resonate throughout the story. In my opinion, this is one of McCarthy’s most powerful novels, and it provides a clear and chilling road map for surviving the apocalypse.
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