The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 24th 2006
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
A well-written play (or a novel in dramatic form) about different attitudes of an atheist and a religious man.The good thing is there is no straight conclusion at the end and you can draw your own conclusion from the script.“I yearn for the darkness. I pray for death. Real death. If I thought that i...
White constantly tries to leave the apartment, leaving Black to come up with ways to stop him (offering food, coffee etc.). They probe each others beliefs (or lack of), batting back & forth ideas to counter each others arguments, yet neither succeeding being to tied to their own ideology, whether it...
Didn't like this one at all. I found that McCarthy was trying to make his points too heavy-handedly. And having almost the entire play consist of one long conversation between two characters about the nature of existence--how pretentious. Perhaps if he hadn't been so direct, if he had made me work t...