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The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
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Mar 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read on March 26, 2012

I wanted to read something short, just to get me through an evening of moderate illness. I wound up reading this book in a single sitting; I once glanced up and realized the sun had gone down, then glanced up again at the end and saw that it was past dinner time. This book is labelled by McCarthy as "a novel in dramatic form;" it is, in essence, a Platonic-style dialogue. Two men, Black and White, sit at the kitchen table in Black's small apartment in a black ghetto of New York, and discuss God and the meaning of life. I say that it is Platonic in its style; it is Nietzschean or Kierkegaardian in its content: dark, intense, nihilistic, hopeful. From Blood Meridian through The Road, Cormac McCarthy has written of singular men who carry the light of goodness through a world of darkness; The Sunset Limited is no different.
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