The Sunset Limited (Cormac McCarthy)
Pan Macmillan: 'It's remarkable that Cormac McCarthy could revive the antique genre of the philosophical dialogue as convincingly as he does here. His prose bites.'
'Another triumph from the master of literary darkness... Immensely skilled... an ingenious structural idea... we devour it hungrily... allows McCarthy to explore his favoured themes of moral desolation and quandary painfully well.' --City A.M.
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. 'Nothing short of dazzling. So astonishingly affecting, so powerful, so stimulating!' Chicago Tribune