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The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy

The Sunset Limited (edition 2010)

by Cormac McCarthy

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Gran reflexión sobre dos perspectivas filosóficas y visiones del mundo: ateísmo frente a creencia religiosa, y sus consecuencias sobre la persona y su entorno social.

Me gustó especialmente por el tema tratado, sus repercusiones, aunque en algunos momentos la dinámica del diálogo entre los dos protagonistas me pareciese un tanto desaprovechada.

Un breve, pero gran libro, sin duda.

Mi reseña completa aquí ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
In this one act play Cormac McCarthy offers two different views of human existence and why one must suffer. The tone of the play is extremely dark, however it is not a difficult read. As always, his writing ebbs and flows like the tide and he draws you in in a way that is ever startling. At times this book may make you recoil, but always, you want to go deeper and deeper into it. The book is nearly mesmerizing, but that is what I have come to expect from McCarthy's text.

The play takes place in a single setting - a derelict apartment, where Black - an ex-convict, ex-addict sits talking to White - a Professor whom he saved from jumping into the oncoming path of the The Sunset Limited subway train. Black has an optimistic view of life, he has faith - though not the extremist fundamentalist kind. He is a warm soul who wants to help the others that no one wishes to help. Conversely, White's view of the world is something dark and painful. He sees no future for himself.

The two talk about their opposing views of life and the tension is palpable. Just in reading the text you are forced to view the two perspectives fairly and in turn. The book ends on a strange note, a lingering note, that will leave it seared onto your mind. Is it really the ending? Is this really it?

The best books are ones that make you think, and this certainly makes one think. This certainly makes one question. Cormac McCarthy, as always, delivers and delivers with devilish force. A five star text if I have ever read one. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Looking for a way of summing up the actions of Anton Chigurh of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men? Try this, from his play The Sunset Limited: “The world is basically a forced labor camp from which the workers—perfectly innocent—are led forth by lottery, a few each day, to be executed.”

It is a thought reminiscent of one from Pascal’s Penseés: “Let us imagine a number of men in chains, and all condemned to death, where some are killed each day in the sight of the others, and those who remain see their own fate in that of their fellows, and wait their turn, looking at each other sorrowfully and without hope.”

There’s a video of The Sunset Limited starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones. Watch it if you get a chance. ( )
  dypaloh | Nov 20, 2017 |
Very painful book, especially the ending. McCarthy at his absolute, chilling best.
  bartt95 | Jan 15, 2017 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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The Sunset Limited is a technically and creatively pedestrian work that falls far short of what readers should expect of a master like McCarthy at this point in his career.
“The one thing I won’t give up is giving up,” White says toward the end of the play, his language elevating and his curt sentences expanding into more elaborate musings. This is no mere argument anymore. It’s a poem in celebration of death.
added by eereed | editNew York Times, Jason Zinoman (Oct 31, 2006)
As his descriptive writing has, over the decades, economised so his discursive writing has expanded; read The Road as a two-character play with lengthy stage directions, and read The Sunset Limited as an intriguing companion to that work.

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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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