There are basically only two characters in this book, and neither of them is named. There is a man (whose age is not given) and a young boy, who is the man’s son. The son calls the man “Papa.” The story is told through a third-person narrator, but much of the story is seen through the man’s perspective.
The man is very resourceful. He gathers bits of metal, small tools, scraps of wood, and other materials as he finds them in abandoned houses and stores, and he puts them to use in maintaining the grocery cart that carries their supplies. At the high points of the story,...
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