Picador’s best sellers: Number 7. ‘The Road’ – Cormac McCarthy.
‘The Road’ is a dark, immensely powerful, almost biblical novel. It begins with a man in his late 40’s and his son, about 10, both unnamed walking a desolated road. It is nuclear winter although that term is never mentioned. The father stops trying to tell his son about the world as it used to be because, “He could not enkindle in the heart of the child what was ashes in his own”. Anyone who reads this book will not forget it.
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