I first read read this book back in the sixties and was really gripped by it from the first page. Read it, you don't have to be a SF fan to enjoy it since it is a book about people, their strengths and frailties. (I wonder if the writer of the TV series "Survivors" read it, I enjoyed the first version of "Survivors" but could not empathise with the characters the way I can in "Earth Abides.") I often thought about the book over the years but never attempted to find it, last year my youngest daughter found it for me on her Iphone, based on the clues of rattlesnake and hammer. I enjoyed it much more the second time since I had visited many of the places in the US that 'Ish' goes through on his voyage of discovery.
My other reason for remembering the book was how he finds a car on the Bay Bridge and recalls, incorrectly, (the actual name is John S. Robertson), when he is dying, the name on the drivers driving wheel tag as" James Robson with a middle initial that was E,T, or P. Since my name is James P. Robson it tends to stick in the memory! I am surprised that it has never been made into a film though there have been several 'end of the world' efforts. If they ever should, I hope they don't cast some action man like Bruce Willis since 'Ish' is not a go getting hero but an ordinary man who cares and worries about things. Please read it. Jim Robson