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The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
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May 27, 11

Recommended for: people who like stereotypes, sorry just kidding
Read in September, 2008, read count: 1

this was a good book and (I'm sad to say) I had to sympathize a lot with what White had to say, because I often feel the same way. But there were some great things to learn from either character.

BUT, what I particularly DO NOT LIKE is that even though both characters are only supposed to be known as BLACK and WHITE, the author says "the black" whenever Black does something. As in "the black stood up", but just because Black starts calling White "professor" suddenly all his stage directions say "the professor did this and that". Was that really fair now? I mean really, was it necessary?

And also, why is it that whenever a white person has to learn something from a black person, that black person can never be a normal, well-spoken middle or upper class person? It's always some (perceivably) ignorant black guy who's ben in jail and has "learned a thing or two" from it, or some black girl, equally as (perceivably) ignorant in speech etc, that has gotten pregnant or something. Ummmmm why? Those are not the only examples of blacks in the world? And NOT in New York. Christ.....
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Philip Nixon I agree. The use of the phrase 'the black' is very uncomfortable and I don't understand why it is left that way. It either has a literary purpose that is not clear to me or the editor/publisher needs to do some editing.

Mark i think he meant it , as u said , is it necessary ?? exactly what the professor said in the dialogue when black used the word nigga.
though the professor is supposed to be the bas person here or at least the one with no religious morals , he didnt like it but the christian one used the N word alot !

Jean Paul Gove' Race-obsessed is what you are.

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