The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
A Novel in Dramatic Form

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Synopsis

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 fundamentally opposing world views. 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 desperate 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 deceptively intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.


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About Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
Published August 11, 2010 by Vintage. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The Telegraph

Black is “large”, White is “middle-aged”, and that’s all the physical .

May 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Sunset Limited: A Novel i...

The Telegraph

characters, Black – who is black – and White – who is white – and the action .

Jun 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The Sunset Limited: A Novel i...

Review (Barnes & Noble)

The two are now locked into a life-and-death discussion, literally: Black will not open the door of his run-down apartment until White admits that life is worth living.During the earlier part of the discussion, Black's sunny faith seems to challenge White's view that the traditional cultural form...

Jul 20 2013 | Read Full Review of The Sunset Limited: A Novel i...

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