Questions tagged [the-road]

A post-apocalyptic novel by American author Cormac McCarthy that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Also made into a film in 2009 starring Viggo Mortensen.

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What is the father dying of in The Road?

In Cormac McCarthy's novel (and subsequent film adaptation), the Father/Man is slowly dying throughout the whole story. He eventually degrades to a point where he's coughing up large volumes of blood. ...
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What was The Road's world like before the apocalypse?

What was the world like before the apocalypse in The Road? Are there any quotes or sections that explain the pre-apocalyptic world?
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How were the main characters in “The Road” able to survive the (most likely) lethal levels of radiation?

In Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road, and the movie adaptation, it's probably safe to assume that the apocalypse was caused by a nuclear war. Considering the story seems to be told ...
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What's with the missing thumbs in “The Road”?

I've only seen the film The Road, I haven't read the books. Perhaps I missed it, but what was going on with the people missing their thumbs?
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What was the catastrophe that happened in “The Road”?

My googling says that the catastrophe in "The Road" is unexplained. Given what we can see on-screen, can anyone come up with a better explanation for how the world got that way?