The Road

Written by Cormac McCarthy, Report by Johnny Murphy

Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist who has been active for about 10 years. His genres include the Southern Gothic, Western, and Post-Apocalyptic. The Road won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006, and his book No Country for Old Men was adapted into a movie in 2007. The movie adaption of No Country for Old Men won four academy awards including Best Picture

Main Characters

There are two main characters in this book, the man and the boy. These two are related as they are father and son. The man tries to protect the boy's innocence in the post-apocalyptic world. The boy is young, and has been shown some horrors too early, and has to mature before he is ready.


The main conflict that drives the book is survival. There are many cannibals on the road looking for some food. The man and the boy are traveling south in search of a safer place. They have to maneuver carefully and slowly as they avoid the cannibals.



"You wanted to know what the bad guys looked like. Now you know. It may happen again. My job is to take care of you. I was appointed to do that by God. I will kill anyone who touches you. Do you understand?


He sat there cowled in the blanket. After a while he looked up. Are we still the good guys? he said.

Yes. We're still the good guys."

This shows how the man and boy are fighting for survival everyday, and how much the man loves the boy.

Plot Teaser

The man and the boy are traveling and have reached the coast. From high up someone shoots an arrow and it hits the man in the leg. The man can barely move, and the cannibals close in. Can the man and boy make it out alive, or will the arrow be their downfall?

Who Would Enjoy This Book?

The type of person who would enjoy this book would be someone who is patient enough to wait for the action. The book gets off to a slow start, but once you get to the action, the story picks up. The action in this book is adult natured, and elementary school kids should not read it.

My Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a book that lacks action. For the most part, I was bored while reading this book. The action sequences in the book regained some of my interest, but not enough to keep me hooked throughout. Overall, I would give the book 3/5 stars.


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