The Road

Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy

Born on July 20th, 1933 in Providence, RI, Cormac McCarthy attended the University of Tennessee, and served in the Air Force. All the Pretty Horses, a winner of the National Book Award and the first volume of the Border Triology, gained McCarthy much of his fame. Many of McCarthy's works have been the foundations for critically acclaimed movies, most notably The Road, which won him a Pulitzer Prize.
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Main Characters

The main characters in The Road are the Father (The Man) and the Boy. The man, who is skilled at most things violent, is really a big softie. He cares for the boy more than he cares for himself, and in a post-apacolyptic world, that's saying a lot. The Boy, thought to be a child prodigy, is overly intelligent and mature for his age, accepting their predicament. But as like any other child, he has his fair share of fear too. Both the man and the boy are very compassionate and thoughtful of the others in the same situation, such as the less fortunate on the side of the road that they pass as they make their journey.
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Conflict & Plot Teaser

The main conflict of the book is the struggle to make it to the Coast. Throughout the book, the two main characters struggle their way to the coast while trying to survive robberies and cannibals. Will the man and boy complete their struggle, or fall victim to the post-apacolyptic world?
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Short Passage

"The man had already dropped to the ground and he swung with him and leveled the pistol and fired from a two-handed position balanced on both knees at a distance of six feet. The man fell back instantly and lay with blood bubbling from the hole in his forehead." (McCarthy 56). This passage shows how much of a hero the Man is. It shows that he's willing to do whatever he can to protect his son and survive the post-apacolyptic world.

Who Would Like This Book?

Most people that enjoy slow-moving plot line set in a post-apacolyptic world would enjoy this book, but it's not for everybody. The plots moves slower than most books, and the staying power of the relationship between the Man and his son last a long time. It really imprints itself on the reader, leaving them with a reason to show affection to others. Personally, I did not enjoy this book. I am a fast paced reader, and this book moved along too slow for my liking.


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