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2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Publisher: Picador

Length: 307 pages

About: Father and son in apocalypse

Style: 3rd person

Where: US

When: Near future



Publisher’s synopsis:

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the asjh and the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the orad, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food – and each other.





Come on, the man said. Everything’s okay. I promise. But when he bent to see into the boy’s face under the hood of the blanket he very much feared that something was gone that could not be put right again.





No novelist working today is better suited to chronicle the end of the world than Cormac McCarthy… ..What really elevates the novel from its slough of despond is the sheer, terrible beauty of the writing…….One of the wonders of McCarthy's style is that it manages to be both archaic and immediate, as if the prophet Jeremiah had found work as a Detroit crime reporter or a Darfur war correspondent. 

The Sunday Times, Stephen Amidon, 29/10/06




Not so good:

Among his thinly plotted novels, The Road is McCarthy's most thinly plotted of all, as there's literally nowhere to go, no sense in going, just the inexorable impulse to move. The plot, such as it is, comes down to this father's existential need to keep his son alive and hopeful in a world that offers no life or hope. 

The Washington Post, Ron Charles 1/10/06




About the author

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. agreed to sit down for his first ever television interview, which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show on June 5, 2007. During the interview he related several stories illustrating the degree of outright poverty he has endured at times during his career as a writer. He also spoke about the experience of fathering a young child at an advanced age, and how his now eight-year-old son was the inspiration for The Road.














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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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