A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made. In that small apartment, 'Black' and 'White', as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history -- mining the origins of two diametrically opposing world views, they ...
A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made. In that small apartment, 'Black' and 'White', as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history -- mining the origins of two diametrically opposing world views, they begin a dialectic redolent of the best of Beckett. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men -- though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is to deny it. Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life. Deft, spare, and full of artful tension, The Sunset Limited is a beautifully crafted, consistently thought-provoking, and deeply intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time. 'The Sunset Limited grips from the very first page.' Financial Times 'The author at his best, meditating on life, suffering and religion' Shortlist 'It's remarkable that Cormac McCarthy could revive the antique genre of the philosophical dialogue as convincingly as he does here. His prose bites.' Evening Standard
Like all of McCarthy's work, this "novel in dramatic form"--actually a two-character one-act play--is powerful, rich with provocative speculation about human hope and despair, by turns homespun, funny, contemplative, and profound. A white man and a black man talk in the latter's shabby apartment; the event that has brought them together emerges only gradually, and the impact between their separate ways of seeing the world leads to one of McCarthy's most thoughtful, uncompromising, and troubling endings.
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