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Old 13-03-2010, 18:24   #1
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The Road - does it say what caused the apocalypse?

Recently watched the film of "The Road" and short of mentioning "a flash and a series of concusions" at the start it never really says whether it was nuclear, natural or what that caused everything.
There doesn't seem to be too much damage (what there is looks like age, earthquakes, wind, rain etc) and other than some iffy looking water, no radiation effects.

How does the book compare to the film anyway?
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Old 13-03-2010, 18:59   #2
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No, it doesn't. Which is a good thing. It's the relationship between the man and the boy that should be uppermost and how they respond to the horror, not what caused it.

I've not seen the film.
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other than some iffy looking water, no radiation effects.
So all vegetation being dead and no signs of any life other than the few human survivors and the occasional pet doesn't qualify ?
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I've not seen the film but the book is an instant classic.
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From the book, I got the impression that God accidentally knocked over his ASHtray & covered the world in ASH. It's the only logical conclusion for the author's over-use of the word ASH in this IMO highly overrated novel.
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So all vegetation being dead and no signs of any life other than the few human survivors and the occasional pet doesn't qualify ?
Could have been a supervolcano that threw so much debris up into the atmosphere that it blocked out the sun for years. Loads of acid rain would come down, plant life would die off and take out most animals that need to eat it or others that rely on them.

Judging by the food shortage, there seems to have been a lot of survivors initially.
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