The Road is Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian tale of a father and his son as they make their way through a desolate America.
Summary of the Book
In the wake of a terrible apocalypse, humanity is left crippled. There are few survivors, and civilization stands still. A man walks along a road with his son, searching for help. However, they find none wherever they go, and they only have each other as they go along. Several lawless bands plague the desolate streets, scavenging for scraps of food and other resources. The man and his son have little by way of food or clothing, and the only protection they have is a pistol. The road is a cesspool of debris from the apocalypse, and the man tries his best to keep his son’s spirits up. However, he grapples with the knowledge that they may never find help and their only recourse might be the one pistol they have: to protect them, or to lead them to a better place.
About Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy is an American writer, playwright and screenwriter. He has also written Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses and Child of God.
McCarthy is a celebrated writer, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 and the Premio Ignotus in 2008 for the above title. He has also won the Maltese Falcon Award, Japan, in 2008, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2008 and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1992.
In 2009, The Road was adapted into a hit film, directed by John Hillcoat, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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