The Road.

Posted: 20 November 2007

Author: Cormac McCarthy, Alfred A.Knopf, New York, 2006. $24hb

The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale describing a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months across a landscape blasted years before by an unnamed cataclysm which destroyed civilization and most life on earth. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection.

In his 2007 interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Oprah Winfrey Show, McCarthy said the inspiration for The Road came during a visit to El Paso, Texas with his young son, about four years prior. Imagining what the city might look like in the future, he pictured "fires on the hill" and thought about his son. He took some initial notes, but did not return to the idea until several years later while in Ireland. Then the novel came to him quickly, and he dedicated it to his son, John Francis McCarthy.

On April 16, 2007, the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It also won the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the 2006 US National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. A film adaptation is in production.

(Source: Wickepedia)

An outstanding review/commentary on this book was published in The Guardian on October 30,2007. See: http://books.guardian.co.uk