Title Profile & Character Information

The Road

Annotation
A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Roadis the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

Awards
2006  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2007  Pulitzer Prize
2007  Quill Awards
2006  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2006  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Characters
NameUnnamed
GenderMale
TraitsWidow
Father

GenreFiction
Domestic
Dystopia
Adventure
    --Survival
Cinematization
TopicsFathers and sons
Hope
Nuclear war
Post-apocalyptic society
Suicide
Journeys
Suicide
Widowers
Survival
Survivalists
Love