Cormac McCarthy: The Road

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Not long after September 11, 2001, Cormac McCarthy and his young son John took a trip to El Paso, Texas, and checked into a hotel. Finding himself at the window in the early morning hours, McCarthy imagined what the city would look like in fifty or one hundred years. An apocalyptic vision came to mind – fires in the hills and the city laid to waste – and McCarthy wrote a few pages of notes that, several years later, became the basis for The Road (McCarthy Interview). A novel about a father’s love for his son in a destroyed world, The Road was published in 2006, spent considerable time on the bestseller lists, and garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. It also enjoyed the so-called “Oprah effect” a…

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Banco, Lindsey Michael. "The Road". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2011
[, accessed 02 July 2015.]

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