La Carretera

Published Nov. 11, 2008 by Random House Mondadori.

ISBN:
9788439720775

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4 stars (32 reviews)

Cormac McCarthy's tenth novel, The Road, is his most harrowing yet deeply personal work. Some unnamed catastrophe has scourged the world to a burnt-out cinder, inhabited by the last remnants of mankind and a very few surviving dogs and fungi. The sky is perpetually shrouded by dust and toxic particulates; the seasons are merely varied intensities of cold and dampness. Bands of cannibals roam the roads and inhabit what few dwellings remain intact in the woods.

Through this nightmarish residue of America a haggard father and his young son attempt to flee the oncoming Appalachian winter and head towards the southern coast along carefully chosen back roads. Mummified corpses are their only benign companions, sitting in doorways and automobiles, variously impaled or displayed on pikes and tables and in cake bells, or they rise in frozen poses of horror and agony out of congealed asphalt. The boy and his father …

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La Carretera: una obra fundamental.

5 stars

He descubierto a Cormac McCarthy. Acabo de leer su obra cumbre, La Carretera, y vaya si me ha calado. Por su estilo, directo, poético, duro y bello, que me gusta mucho y que me resulta afín y ameno. Pero también por su temática, que me parece fundamental. ¿De qué trata? Para mí trata del sentido de la vida para nuestra generación, época de Cultura del Shock y cúlmen de la Sociedad del Espectáculo. Cualquiera que tenga mis casi cincuenta, más si está criando a un hijo, se habrá sentido de una forma íntima, difícil de explicar, una o muchas veces, en esa carretera que recorren los protagonistas del libro, en la que uno busca un futuro para él y para los suyos, un rayo de sol en un mundo en apariencia gris, decadente e inseguro, que amenaza en convertirse en ceniza de una manera más o menos literal, según el …

A deeply human love story

4 stars

This book is powerful. Not a lot happens but I couldn't set it down.I don't understand the man's intentions on the surface. But, on some level I want to understand their actions. I was drawn to the characters and their relationship to each other. The love the man has is healthy in a dying world. The two face the world in stoic resistance. I will need to unpack this book over the next few days. This is a love story on a human level. I recommend reading it.

Review of 'The Road' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

What a fascinatingly dark book. Probably more of a 3.5 star book, but the writing was heart-wrenchingly gloomy and sparse, and so I'll move it up a notch.

The Road tells the story of "the man" and "the boy" - never named in the book. And they are on a quest to the sea in the east, and then south, in the hopes of finding the "good people", many (7? 8?) years after some undescribed apocalypse left the landscape in ashes, and small bands of survivors, usually cannibals, searching for food. The man and boy dodge trouble and continue on The Road.

And really, that's the entire story. What exactly happened isn't every clear, maybe even The Man doesn't know it. They have a few adventures and the book ends. I guess that was one strike against it - I just didn't feel like there was a point to the …

Review of 'La Carretera' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

"La carretera" fue galardonada con el premio Pulitzer en el año 2007. No sé si esto es muy significativo porque, leyendo la lista de premios Pulitzer de novela desde que fueron creados, encuentro pocos autores conocidos y pocas novelas traducidas al castellano (para el que quiera curiosear: Premios Pulitzer de novela). Tampoco Cormac McCarthy me sonaba de nada (aunque curioseando, me entero de que también escribió "No es país para viejos", en la que se basaron los hermanos Coen para su película), y si me he leído este libro es por recomendación de mi cuñada.
Esta es una novela apocalíptica, que transcurre en una zona -que parece ser Estados Unidos- completamente devastada aparentemente por un desastre nuclear, protagonizada por un hombre y su hijo, de los que no sabemos los nombres, que caminan y caminan por las carreteras buscando el sur y una esperanza de encontrar algo más que ceniza …

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