I read this novel a few months ago and was completely amazed by how incredible it was. Not a novel to be forgotten quickly. I would really like to read some more of the author's work, and would like some suggestions of other books that people have read that have impressed them. So, where do I go from The Road to experience more of the author's work?
The Crossing is also a worthy book by Cormac McCarthy, which is on the Advanced Placement list for many high schools. In it and in All the Pretty Horses, Cormac illustrates his prosaic talent.
However, The Road is certainly "another story." Had it not been written by an established author, it seems questionable whether it would have sold many copies. The only amazing thing was how the novel stagnated so long in its narrative. McCarthy should apologize to Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre's spirits for his existential attempts.
I would highly recommend All the Pretty Horses. It is a wonderful story about a young man in a challenging situation, but the plot and characters are very assessible. We have successfully used this novel as an independent choice novel for our sophomore honors English class, and most of the students who read it have a lot of say when they get back to school in the fall.
Absolutely right, No Country for Old Men is the next best stop (my favorite of his works), and after that, go to Blood Meridian (second favorite, The Road being 3rd on my list), and All the Pretty Horses, the first of the Border Trilogy series. Then The Crossing and Cities of the Plain.
One of the things about McCarthy that always impresses me, besides his use of the language (Blood Meridian especially), is how varied his stories are. Equally dark and hopeless, for the most part, but varied. Happy (relatively) reading!
You should proceed directly to No Country for Old Men. It's an enthralling book--easier to read with a much more complicated plot and several inventive, unusual characters. The film version is also far superior to The Road, though both are excellent adaptations.