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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 04/02/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330518192
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Review by clstaff
The Sunset Limited is written almost entirely as a dialogue between a black man and a white man on their opposing beliefs about religion and the way they see the world. It is an amazing read and while it is quite short and can be read pretty quickly, it is easily the most thought provoking book I have read in ages. If you like arguing the pros and/or cons of religion over beers, then this is a must read.
Review by fothpaul
Strange old book this one. Takes the form of a conversation between the two characters. the subject of the conversation is religion and the meaning of life. Some points in the conversation were thought provoking but I felt a little short changed by the length and the ending.