The Road is 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.
The Road is a haunting novel about a man and boy surviving a post-apocalyptic setting — an aftermath of Mother and Mother Nature both dying. Is this “climate fiction”?
We do not know the source of the cataclysmic event in the novel because it is not mentioned, and without knowing, it would be hard to define the event as a climate change event, which is more gradual. Ash and fires point to potential other events such as volcanic eruptions or nuclear fall-out. Corpses frozen in their final postures and the references to incineration make one think that there was a singular blast of some sort that made much of the population burn up; fires, smoke, ash, and particulate matter coloring the air all point to a fiery event that took place, not climate change. The world is also cold, like a nuclear winter. Regardless, we may consider this book as eco-fiction since whether or not the event that caused the catastrophe was AGW climate change, its aftermath is definitely an Earth-scorched setting that has resulted in humankind’s departure from the ecology in which we currently depend.
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Author(s): Publisher: Vintage International
A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.