1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 96: The Sunset Limited, by Cormac McCarthy

Since Cormac McCarthy is likely my favourite author, it seemed only fitting that I included at least one of his works in my readings this year. The Sunset Limited is certainly a piece worth reading and works as a kind of antithesis to Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, where, rather than the narrative voice convincing the listening that suicide is not the answer, the narrative voice does quite the opposite.  It is a minimalist play whose narrative is a simple conversation between two men, one black, one white. One man has prevented the other from committing suicide and the two go on to have a conversation about life. Both men have a strong faith, one based in Christianity, the other based in reason. It reminded me of Waiting For Gordat, only it executed the experiment well, where as Samuel Beckett… well, perhaps you have read my review of that play already. At any rate, any work that can produce a line like: “Your God must have once stood in a dawn of infinite possibility and this is what he’s made of it.” has to be worth reading.

I hope to expend this review when I get some time.  My apologies for its brevity.



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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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