First, it is a quick read. That matters to me!
Second, God is openly discussed in the novel.
Third, it seems to be a very effective dramatization of the eternal conflict between those the Two Types of Souls:
a) Those souls who for whom “love thy neighbor as thyself” and “love is the fulfillment of the law” are true guiding principles in their lives.
b) Those souls who will exploit and harm others to secure their own survival and/or their advancement in life, and who seem to exemplify this Bible verse: Philippians 3:19: “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach…”
[Perhaps there is a third type too, in the novel, represented by the wife and mother who kills herself rather than continue on with trying to survive in a context that seems hopeless.]
The story of “The Road” is set in Appalachia and the Gulf of Mexico several years after some unspecified event that has killed most people and killed all plant and animal life. It is the story of a father and a son trying to survive and get to a better place.
Even though it set in such a strange context, I think many readers immediately see it as an analogy to our present modern “civilized” world, where these two types of souls exist and have vastly different agendas and ways of life.
If anyone else here has already read this novel, I’d love to read their comments on it, especially in connection with the Catholic view of life and eternity.
P.S. I saw the author interviewed on TV, and he said he prays to God, even though he says hasn’t got God all figured out.