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La cucina di una casa popolare, un tavolo, due uomini seduti intorno. Uno dei due è bianco, l'altro è nero. Sul tavolo c'è una Bibbia. I due uomini parlano. Non si conoscevano prima di questa mattina, quando il nero ha strappato il bianco alle rotaie del Sunset Limited sotto cui stava per lanciarsi. Ma quello era solo l'inizio. Ora i due devono andare oltre. E così parlanoLa cucina di una casa popolare, un tavolo, due uomini seduti intorno. Uno dei due è bianco, l'altro è nero. Sul tavolo c'è una Bibbia. I due uomini parlano. Non si conoscevano prima di questa mattina, quando il nero ha strappato il bianco alle rotaie del Sunset Limited sotto cui stava per lanciarsi. Ma quello era solo l'inizio. Ora i due devono andare oltre. E così parlano. Dai due lati del tavolo, da prospettive, lingue e colori antitetici, fra picchi di comicità e abissi di disperazione senza contatto possibile oltre all'ingegno folgorante della penna che li ha partoriti. Un "romanzo in forma drammatica" che raggiunge il nucleo pulsante dell'indagine esistenziale di McCarthy. Non ci sono approdi, prese di posizione, risposte. C'è solo una domanda: che cosa ti divide dal tuo Sunset Limited?...

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Sunset Limited Reviews

  • Huda Yahya
    2019-01-22 17:41

    داخل حجرة متواضعة لا يكسو عريها سوى منضدة صغيرة تتوسطها‏ ‏يجلس رجلانأحدهما أسود البشرةوالآخر أبيضالأول مؤمنوالثاني ملحدالأول وجد راحته في حلاوة الإيمانوالثاني يراها مجرد مخدر اختاره الأول كي يعينه على قسوة ‏الحياةفي هذه البقعة الصغيرة من الأرضتدور مباراة فكرية رائعة‏سجال ونقاش ومبارزةكرة من الأفكار تروح وتجيء بين يدي الاثنينتاركة عقلك متوهجا ‏الأبيض كان يحاول الانتحار بأن حاول إلقاء ‏نفسه تحت عجلات قطار ‏خط "سان سيت ليميتيد"‏‏ ومن هنا يأتي الاسم ‏والذي له أبعاد أخرى كذلكوالأسود هو من ينقذههكذا يتعارفا:::::::::الأسود مؤمن تماما بأن الله هو من أرسله لإنقاذ الابيض‏ويحاول اقناعه بالعدول عن رأيه ‏و باللجوء إلى الله ‏والأبيض يسخر من أفكاره ‏ويحاول اقناعه بأنه يعيش في وهم كبير‏ في الجزء الأول من المسرحية ‏كان الأسود هو الأكثر تحدثا وحماسافقد وجد في الإيمان وبالتحديد في تعاليم الانجيل ‏الحل لأي مشكلة ‏وعلاج لأوجاع الحيارى والمعذبين‏وفي الجزء الثاني يبدو الأبيض أكثر استعدادا للجدال ‏والنقاش والنقدويقول للأسوديوجد مليون طريقة ‏لدمار العالم ‏وأنت ترى أن هناك حلا واحدا..؟:::::::::::إذا المؤلف يبقى على الحيادولا يقلل من شأن فكرة في مقابل الأخرىوهنا يكمن جمال المسرحيةيتطرق الحديث إلى الفلسفة والسياسةيقذف الأبيض بكل قبح الحياة وعبثها في وجه الأسود‏فيحاول الأسود بشتى الطرق اقناعه بالحكمة وراء كل هذه ‏الأشياءكل الثوابت الفكرية ‏للاثنين تتهدم ثم يعاد بناؤهالا أحد فينا يعلم عن الرجلين ‏سوي أن الاسود عوقب قبلا بالسجن ‏لأنه قتل أحد الأشخاصوبعدها تاب إلى الله ووجد في الدين خلاصهأما الأبيض فهو يعمل استاذ في الجامعةووصل به سأمه وملله من هذه الحياةإلى اختيار الموت سبيلا للراحة:::::::::‏لو ظنتت أن الكتاب سينتهي بسذاجة بنصرة أحد الرأيين ‏على الآخر ففكر ثانيةالكتاب ينتهي بافتراق الاثنين دون أن يقتنع أحدهما بأفكار ‏الآخرفقط كل واحد هز المياه الراكدة عند الآخركيلا يظل كل منهما متشبثا بثوابته كطفليتركك كورماك مع كثير من الأسئلةكي تعمل عقلك وتفكروفي النهاية تختار الحل الذي يقنعكأو ربما تظل واقفا عند مرحلة السؤالوهي مرحلة عظيمة في حد ذاتها‏ومنها ستنطلق إلى أكثر الآفاق رحابةوستجد غايتكستجدها----هامش#المسرحية قدمها تومي لي جونز في فيلم من اخراجه وبطولته مع صامويل جاكسونوالفيلم لا يقل في متعته عن المسرحية بحالبل يزيد عليه أداءا رائعا للممثلين

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-01-26 18:04

    A powerful and philosophical story that questions everything humans hold onto, The Sunset Limited is a cross between science and faith that will make every reader question life and its meanings.

  • Szplug
    2019-02-09 16:45

    It's better to burn out 'cause rust never sleepsSo here's my first effort to shake off all of that oxidic accumulation garnered across months of melancholic mesmerization over a dropped wiener. It'll evince little in the way of insight or thoughtfulness, but may feature a ten dollar word paraded here and there and which will hopefully go some way, as has been managed before, to aptly demonstrate that Sastrean horseshit can be moderated by ornate modulations lifted from my reviewing betters.McCarthy has seemingly set out to shed textual poundage with every newer release from his maturing corpus—and The Sunset Limited is sparser and leaner than anything else I've read of his. Bleaker, too, which is no mean feat to achieve. It lacks the arid violence and sanguinary supernatural swathes with which Blood Meridian was concocted, and even the umbral brooding and sin-soaked peregrinations of fugal works like Outer Dark; but, the countervailing affirmative stretches provided by the spiritual energies splayed about this prose-play notwithstanding, I don't believe he's ever bleached the scenery of conscious existence of any and all hued traces more spartanly and effectively than he has within this dialectic workout.With that said, I have to admit to being a bit curious as to what, exactly, McCarthy intended to realize with TSL—for dark humor and witty wordplay, it cannot hold a candle to Waiting for Godot, or No Exit for that matter, which are the two dramatic pieces which evoke immediate comparison; whereas its nihilistic fibre, though threaded black as coal, yet pales when set against the abyssal toxins produced by such enthused—and personally favourite—agents of nullity as Céline or Bernhard or (particularly) Ligotti. I understand that it is Black who is being tested here, not the professorial, intellectual White whose train-tied self-termination was prevented by the rigors of the former's religious humanism (White Devil is rather slyly implied herein) and serves as the focal point for Black's rudimentary-but-impassioned efforts at breaching with his message of sustained existence via pungent faith and a heartfelt concern for the other. Yet it never tangibly feels like his beliefs are being shaken or probed to a perilous degree—that this will prove a dark night indeed for his soul—whereas White's cold and negatory pursuit, with no past emotions or history or expressiveness, beyond vague intimations, to enliven its dispassionate destructiveness, aligns the reader more towards apathetic acceptance in lieu of disturbed contemplation.So it is that while there are some devastatingly beautiful phrases, some potently effective interlocutions between two who respectively can and won't ontologically make do, especially as we approach the terminus, it is, in the end, rather thin gruel McCarthy has served; one little helped by the stereotypes exhibited by these monochromatic allotropes (notwithstanding that their names explicitly delineate that this will be a sharply and starkly halved production) and the fact that the abstracted, everyman quality that permeates the entirety renders the exchange ultimately too sophomoric and threadbare to achieve any marked degree of resonance once the final page has been reached. Perhaps all this is naught but a reflection of my jaded self, all tight-lipped and cold-footed, pruned unto existential desiccation such that I cannot discern the meat laden upon this parleying duo's bones—but be that as it may, it failed to stir me in a manner commensurate to what I surmise must have been the author's intention. The Sunset Limited is a good read, not a great one—and since it's McCarthy we're talking about here, that's to be regretted.

  • Orsodimondo
    2019-02-08 22:03

    IL BIANCO MUOVE, SCACCO MORTO IN DUE MOSSEDue soli personaggi, solo due in scena tutto il tempo. Non hanno nomi, tranne BIANCO e NERO. Uno dà del 'tu' all'altro, lo chiama 'professore' o 'zuccherino' – l'altro rimane agganciato a un più formale 'lei'. Ma è quello dei due che vince la partita, secondo me, professore delle tenebre, della morte travestita da giorno.Unità di tempo e di luogo. Indicazioni scenografiche ridotte all'osso. Solo dialogo, uno parla e l'altro risponde, più o meno. Ha tutta l'apparenza di una pièce teatrale che aspetta solo di essere messa in scena. Ma non mi risulta che sia stata ancora adattata.Se si potesse bandire la paura della morte dal cuore degli uomini, non vivrebbero un giorno di più. Chi sarebbe disposto a sopportare questo incubo, se non per paura dell'incubo che lo seguirà? Vita e morte, dio e gesù, bibbia, suicidio e dolore... è come muoversi sulla lama di un rasoio, basta un nulla per farsi male, per sbavare. Ma McCarthy affronta il tema con ritmo, maestria e addirittura brio: il vero vincitore della partita è proprio lui.2 ottobre 2011Aggiungo una stella perché questo testo ha dato origine a un adattamento per lo schermo (televisivo! ma si tratta della HBO, la televisione che ha rivoluzionato la televisione) magnifico, magistrale nella sua semplicità e potenza: Samuel Jackson e Tommy Lee Jones, due titani, e il 'bianco' è anche regista. Chapeau e inchino.

  • Wayne Barrett
    2019-02-03 22:09

    Thought provoking piece. I saw this on HBO with Samuel L Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones and thought it was excellent. The book didn't disappoint.

  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-01-29 17:53

    Mmm Hmmm. McCarthy gone done it. He gone eclipsed Beckett hisslef. Desolation, I like them sound of that trickbag. Yess.[A full comparative review might happen, though I am not sure I am up to it - Was that the cry of an angel at the end? Was that a re-enactment of Eden, with an angel substituted for the devil? Will man fail in either case? I am not up to it, as I said. All aboard The Sunset Limited. Please.]

  • Danny
    2019-01-30 23:49

    This one-act play forces one to consider opposing perspectives on human existence. True to form, McCarthy doesn’t offer peaches and roses. He offers the sad reality of what life means to two very different men. Despite the dark tone, the play reads extremely well, the dialogue is direct and penetrating. McCarthy is one of the best writers of our time.

  • Kevin Larkin Angioli
    2019-02-13 19:54

    The Sunset Limited is a very powerful piece of literature.It is a dialogue that is essentially about suicide and religion. There are two characters.One man, a black man ("black"), had a terrible life and was in jail for years and did horrible things, such as murder and other crimes he never specifies, but now lives with virtually nothing, trying to do God's will and trying to help his brother man. He "rescued" a white Professor of English ("white"), who had tried to throw himself before a train called The Sunset Limited.I am both of these guys.Fortunately, even though I can remember other times, I am much more "black" than "white" these days.Each man eloquently puts forth his position. It is at times funny, at times breathtaking, and at times it strikes to your bone with truth.At one point, in a devastating condemnation of the brutality unerlying all existence and its utter meaninglessness, white says, "Whatever the darker story is, that's the one that's usually true." This one sentence could be used as a fairly accurate description of McCarthy's writing. The play keeps you engaged, hoping for the white man to walk away from his resolve to kill himself, but knowing that a turn-around conversion to the kind of salvation black keeps confidently returning to would be very difficult to believe in. Black gives up his power, letting God fill him and speak for him, waiting for his mouth to be filled with divinely inspired words to save white. White has too much power over himself and is completely impermeable to any kind of spiritual thinking. His rigorous intellectualism takes him to a dead end where the only answer is death, a death that he sees as positive and yearns for. While much of the play has a certain warmth due to black's character and his sense of humor, by the time The Sunset Limited nears its end, white's vitriolic sentences about the "human condition" and his yearning for death stun the reader into a gaping-jaw shock by the power of their perversity and their revelation of [Cormac McCarthy]'s only-occasionally-unfettered full powers of language as the ultimate art.I recommend this book to anyone who likes their coffee strong and their whiskey straight. This is a book about big issues, life and death. It never reverts to allegorization and it doesn't apologize for its characters' ways of speaking or their belief in the message of what they are saying.

  • Carmine
    2019-01-21 23:53

    Secondo me chi fa domande vuole la verità, mentre chi dubita vuole sentirsi dire che la verità non esiste. McCarthy, di fronte a te non posso che arrendermi."Sunset limited" è devastante nella sua scrittura minimale; le contraddizioni e difficoltà della società occidentale emergono con un'inquietante naturalezza, trasportate dalla cadenzata prosa teatrale imposta dall'autore.Da una parte un individuo reietto dalla società, detentore della fede come unico riscatto dopo aver toccato il fondo; dall'altra, invece, un uomo con una cultura così grande da non poterlo salvare dal suo conflitto interiore.Sin dove la conoscenza, oppure la religione, possono salvarci da una vita così vuota di stimoli concreti?Come giustificare l'esistenza di Dio, se ogni giorno quello che riceviamo è un assordante silenzio?Il nostro dolore è sempre più forte di quello altrui; come si può costruire un mondo migliore, se la nostra estemporanea soluzione è scegliere il Sunset Limited, piuttosto che comprendere l'altro?L'autore decide di non dare risposte alle domande, preferendo invece una prospettiva più distaccata e oggettiva del confronto tra i due personaggi in scena.Il risultato finale è un breve romanzo dalla prosa minimale, abbondantemente bilanciata da contenuti di enorme portata.

  • Vimal Thiagarajan
    2019-01-30 17:04

    Pared down and packed with substance - dark dark humour to boot - Can written dialogues get any better? - Ahh, this merciless vortex of hope and nihilism - these chaotic voices in my head - moved? or depressed? - or just fast becoming a McCarthy fan?

  • Marco Tamborrino
    2019-02-14 17:42

    Per me il mondo è fondamentalmente un campo di lavori forzati da cui ogni giorno si estraggono a sorte dei detenuti - completamente innocenti - perché vengano giustiziati. Non è così che la vedo. È così che è. Esistono pareri diversi? Certo? Resistono a un esame approfondito? No.Il nichilismo non ha mai offerto risposte. Le domande di questo libro sono due:Perché il suicidio sarebbe meglio della vita?Perché la vita sarebbe meglio del suicidio?È sufficiente una persona che incarni la prima domanda e un'altra persona che incarni la seconda, ed ecco un dramma dialogato che non lascia scampo. Sembra di sentire i Pink Floyd che ci chiedono se sabbiamo vedere la differenza tra un campo verde e una fredda rotaia d'acciaio. Comunque, la risposta non è qui. Più che altro è nelle nostre opinioni.Due uomini. Seduti uno di fronte all'altro. Uno bianco e l'altro nero. Uno ateo e l'altro credente. L'ateo ha provato ad ammazzarsi, il credente l'ha salvato. Vorrebbe che Dio gli dicesse cosa fare con quell'uomo. BIANCO Le posso chiedere una cosa?NERO Avanti.BIANCO Perché voialtri non riuscite proprio ad accettare che certa gente non voglia neanche credere in Dio?Ci sono delle pagine ricchissime di poesia e pessimismo, e anche se McCarthy è credente e lo fa capire in tutti i suoi libri, qui a me è sembrato che fosse la figura del Bianco ad averla vinta alla fine. La nettezza di questa prosa scarna e cupa disegna un mondo dove chi si fa domande diventa infelice. Perché il credente affida tutto nelle mani di Dio e attraverso lui si spiega le cose - così non impazzisce - e riesce ad essere felice. L'ateo invece si pone dei dubbi, delle domande, si affida alla cultura e capisce che la vita è orrenda.

  • Arwen56
    2019-01-20 15:57

    Aspettiamo tutti Godot, chiunque o qualsiasi cosa sia. Ma, si sa, Godot ha il brutto vezzo di non arrivare mai. E, nel frattempo, noi ci perdiamo. Inevitabilmente. Tutti. In un modo o nell’altro.Questo contraddittorio, propostoci da McCarthy, è davvero strepitoso. E’ l’unica prova narrativa di questo autore che mi abbia pienamente convinta, finora. Ripropone i temi da sempre a lui cari, ma qui lo fa, finalmente, con indubbia efficacia. Imperdibile il film che ne è stato tratto, dall’omonimo titolo, interpretato da Tommy Lee Jones e Samuel L. Jackson e diretto dallo stesso Tommy Lee Jones: Ve li consiglio entrambi.

  • Lee Bullitt
    2019-02-10 22:08

    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.....

  • Cody
    2019-02-12 21:48

    Have you ever been stoned? I don’t mean giggly, ‘who-has-the-munchies?’ high— I’m talking immaculately stoned. Where every single goddamn song is the best song ever written, life is the simplest navigable journey imaginable, and you have figured out that there are no secrets to the universe, only questions to which you have all the answers? (It’s all so simple! Ha!) Yes? Good. Then you’ve already lived this book. Let me explain, but with some personal exegesis. I spent a lot of my years in various states of the above sitting on porches, balconies, and in backyards talking epistemology. In this ‘heightened’ state, a friend (any number of, really) and I would, with the viciousness of feral butterflies, tear the whole illusory world down to its constituent parts; we intrepid alone would scrape away the artifice of the straight world and kick against the pricks. A favorite topic was God and atheism and, like, ‘soul, man’ (Sam & Dave). You know, real deep kid shit. ‘Bout as deep as your ankles. Chances are, if you liked to hamper your frontal lobe like I did, you had similar moments of profundity—the metaphysical midpoint between mutual masturbation and Dark Side of the Moon.Well, that’s what this book reads like. Two guys jawing up God and faith like a couple of stoned, rhetorical teenagers/twentysomethings. There are some platitudes offered that are woefully obvious sub-philo musings of the Osbornian ‘what if God was one of us?’ caliber. The educated, atheistic, and professorial ‘White’ (yep, he’s the white guy) squares off in an ontological around-the-table with, you guessed it, ex-con ghetto dweller and true believer ‘Black’ (who, no shit, is black). I’m sure there’s some heavy social commentary going on here, but, then again, I’m also sure that I can photosynthesize plants and flowers with my mind. Some extra love given for White Wickedness and heresy. Points deducted for the soul food dinner. It’s not that The Sunset Limited is necessarily bad, it’s that, given the subject matter, it’s insubstantial at best (and offensive to drug-addled youngsters at worst). It is dramaturgical wool-gathering recognized by virtue of the author’s name alone. Still, there are worse ways to kill 45-minutes. Honest work comes immediately to mind.To put it another way:“Shall I despise you that your colorless tearsmade rainbows in your lashes, and you forgot to weep?Lord no that’s not from this book, but I found myself wondering the same regarding it.

  • Maria
    2019-02-19 21:45

    Una stanza e due uomini. Questo è bastato a Cormac McCarthy per dar vita al suo libro.NERO e BIANCO (distinti in base al colore della pelle) intavolano una vera e propria partita a scacchi dove pedoni, alfieri e torri non sono altro che propensioni e credenze dei protagonisti legate alla religione, al modo di viverla e ai motivi per non seguirla.NERO, da quando si è convertito, crede di essere costantemente in missione spirituale; è convinto che ogni persona raggiunta da Dio sia obbligata a trasmettere a sua volta il messaggio ricevuto e che attraverso l'episodio del Sunset Limited gli sia stato affidato un nuovo incarico: illuminare l'oscurità di BIANCO, a prescindere che quest'ultimo richieda o meno il suo intervento. Perché per NERO non esiste persona che non voglia essere salvata, non esiste persona che non cerchi Dio; tutti, consciamente o inconsciamente, hanno bisogno di credere. C'è chi, secondo lui, è così fortunato da rendersene conto e chi invece non riesce a farlo e deve essere aiutato.BIANCO ha creduto in tantissime cose nella sua vita, ha sperato con così tanto ardore da prosciugarsi. Ha puntato sulla cultura pensando erroneamente che la conoscenza lo avrebbe portato a raggiungere pace e stabilità e ha scoperto invece che sapere è solo un modo più acuto di soffrire. E' un dolore più consapevole, quindi ancor più devastante.Ad occhi spalancati assiste alla degradazione del mondo e non capisce come facciano gli altri a non vedere, perché è così, gli altri non vedono quello che vede lui, altrimenti l'intera umanità dovrebbe decidere di scomparire. Non è una questione di fede, è consapevolezza. Cosa c'entra Dio in tutto questo? Dio, se avesse voluto manifestare la propria presenza, sarebbe dovuto intervenire prima, prima che gli uomini si corrompessero a tal livello, prima che ogni valore, ogni ideale, venisse annientato. BIANCO: E lei vuole aiutare chi è nei guai?NERO: Si.BIANCO: E perchè? Il nero piega la testa da un lato e lo osserva.NERO: Non sei ancora pronto.BIANCO: Allora mi dia solo la risposta più breve.NERO: E' questa la risposta più breve.Non è possibile guardare in faccia il male, voltarsi, e continuare a vivere come se niente fosse. BIANCO l'aveva visto, il buio, e non poteva più tornare nella luce.Continua qui (occhio allo spoiler) http://startfromscratchblog.blogspot....

  • Keren Verna
    2019-02-03 23:02

    El Sunset Limited solo posee dos personajes, sin nombre, denominados por los estereotipos que representan (no solamente una cuestión de piel). Uno de ellos, llamado Blanco, intenta suicidarse arrojándose a las vías del tren llamado Sunset Limited. Negro lo salva y lo lleva a su departamento en una zona caracterizada por el tráfico de droga y situaciones violencia, en un barrio de Nueva York (gueto). En este momento, comienza un debate entre ellos. A medida que se conocen y chocan por su forma de pensar y filosofía de vida, también nosotros conocemos los dramas que vivieron, qué situación los marco para adoptar sus creencias. Al comienzo me chocó que armara dos personajes de este estilo, tan apegados a los estereotipos, pero luego, el debate se pone intenso y el final me pareció genial. ¿Qué hubiera pasado si el profesor fuera el "Negro"?

  • Jeremy
    2019-02-14 21:43

    This doesn't have the same meat to it that Mccarthy's other dramatic works do. The Gardener's Son and the Stonemason are bother informed by this really keen sense of place, but the sunset limited has this enforced sort of anonymity to it. Which makes sense given its stripped down parable-ish nature. But that's also what makes it more jarring and gives it it's dark edge. White's last two monologues are probably among the bleakest things Mccarthy's ever written. Even The Road, with it's obvious apocalypticism, doesn't feel as outright brutal as the end of The Sunset Limited. Goes to show you don't need a poetic vision to create a howling, nihilistic void. All you need are two people talking.

  • Russ
    2019-02-09 16:59

    I have been reading a lot of Cormac Mcarthy these days. If you did not already know, he is a very good writer. I picked this up just after finishing The Road. Sunset Limited seems like one part of a very large idea that has been germinating in McCarthy's demented but somehow tender mind.

  • Ksenia Anske
    2019-02-05 20:00

    This was a delight, a quick smudge of darkness, with some humor in it, and some tough questions. One long string of dialogue for you to swallow up and then sit and stare and ponder.

  • Celeste - Una stanza tutta per me
    2019-02-02 20:04

    Un dialogo teatrale tra un professore bianco ed un uomo di colore.McCarthy piega i dialoghi al suo volere, rendendoli vivi e pulsanti. Sembra quasi di vederli, questi due uomini in conflitto tra loro e con loro stessi. Una forza evocativa fuori dal comune.

  • Peycho Kanev
    2019-02-05 18:41

    White You give up the world line by line. Stoically. And then one day you realize that your courage is farcical. It doesnt mean anything. You’ve become an accomplice in your own annihilation and there is nothing you can do about it. Everything you do closes a door somewhere ahead of you. And finally there is only one door left.Black That’s a dark world, Professor.White Yes.Black What’s the worst thing ever happen to you?White Getting snatched off a subway platform one morning by an emissary of Jesus.Black I’m serious.White So am I.

  • Jesse
    2019-01-28 22:48

    I guess it was bound to happen some time. Cormac McCarthy finally disappointed me. The entire play/novel is a single conversation between two men, identified as Black and White, at a table in Black's apartment. It opens in medias res, after Black (who is black) just saved White (who is white) from leaping in the path of a train, The Sunset Limited, in an attempted suicide. The ex-con Black tries to convince White that suicide is not the solution, telling his own story of Christian redemption. White, whom Black calls "Professor," argues that life is nothing but pointless labor. Guess who wins the argument. Hint: this ain't a comedy.I had a couple problems with it. For one thing, the racial dynamic came off as patronizing. Black had some blatant "magical Negro" characteristics. McCarthy is fantastic at dialog and bringing dialects to life from the page, but his ebonics here were over-the-top and not always convincing. The main problem, though, is NOTHING HAPPENS. I get that he's limited by the stage and wants to do something different from his books, but this is all build-up and no action. Black recounts the jailhouse fight (CMcC loves those prison knife battles, doesn't he?) that lead to his hospital-bed epiphany, but otherwise this is just an intense dinner conversation. There are beautiful, bleakly funny and brutally nihilistic passages, of course. But it gets repetitive, even in a mere 60 pages. It's like one scene taken from a great play, then stretched far past its limit.

  • Francesca
    2019-01-31 17:56 mio primo McCarthy in assoluto, un amore a prima vista.Questo testo teatrale, questo dialogo serrato tra due personaggi, indicati solo con il nome di BIANCO e NERO, che ti spinge in una direzione per poi cambiarla e ribaltarla una volta arrivati alla fine.L'argomento trattato, quello religioso, quello dell'esistenza o meno di Dio e Gesù, è difficile e complesso e l'autore lo sviscera attraverso uno scambio di battute al fulmicotone e senza via di scampo.Bello e assolutamente da leggere e d rileggere soffermandosi, ogni volta, su un passaggio diverso.

  • Aya آية
    2019-02-01 15:44

    التنميط هو أساس العنصرية، لذا فهدم العنصرية يقوم على كسر الصورة النمطية وإخراج الشخص تمامًا من هذه الصورة "الغير حقيقية" ووضعه في صورته "الحقيقية"، لا أن تضع الشخص في صورته النمطية وتضيف بعض "الإختلافات" كما فعل ماكراثي هنا.. المسرحية هي حوار طويل بين شخصيتان فقط ،بلا اسم يشير لهما الكاتب طوال المسرحية بالرجل "الأبيض" و الرجل "االأسود" :الشخصيةالسوداء مجرم سابق"لكنه" مسيحي مؤمن بوجود إله غير متعلمويستخدم الفاظ بدائية "لكن" فكره قيّم فقير"لكنه" راض تمامًا عن حاله:الشخصيةالبيضاءشخصمحترم "لكنه" ملحد أستاذ جامعي مثقفيستخدم لغة منمّقة "لكنه" يريد الإنتحارغني يملك المال"لكنه" غير راض عن حالهإذًا فالكاتب لا يحاول كسر القيد العنصري للشخصيتين، بل يعزز ويؤكد الصورة التي يؤمن بها "الجموع" مع إضافات تبدو عليها "الإختلاف"! لماذا إذًا قام ماكارثي ببناء الشخصيتين إعتمادًا على إنتمائهم العرقي؟ إما أن الكاتب عنصري بشكلًا ما.. أو أنه كان له غرض آخر عجزت عن فهمه.. أرى أنه من النادر أن يستطيع شخصان - خاصة إذا لم يكن بينهما معرفة قوية سابقة - خلق حوار صادق متناغم متزن بيينهما، فنادرًا ما توجد هذه الكيمياء.. وبالتالي سيكون تأليف محادثة كاملة طويلة بين شخصين دون الاستعانة بطرف ثالث أو أحداث خارجية لمساعدة المؤلف هو أمر صعب ويحتاج موهبة حقيقية فعلًا.. وهو برأيي ما افتقر إليه ماكارثي هنا.. فما أن بدأت قراءة السطور الأولى حتى شعرت أنه حوار مفتعل بدرجة مزعجة كانت تفقدني تركيزي بإستمرار.. شعرت أن الشخصيتين أمامهم نص مكتوب يقرأون منه بشكل آلي..شرط أساسي - برأيي - لخلق إتزان في الحوار، هو الا يرى أحد الطرفين نفسه على أنه الحكيم صاحب الرأي الصحيح ومرشد الآخر لطريق الفلاح ، فيحول المحادثة إلى مناظرة يريد فيها إثبات صحة رأيه وفكره.. وهو الدور الذي تقمصه الرجل الأسود بشكل مزعج.. فما أن يتكلم الرجل الأبيض عن يأسه وعدم إيمانه بوجود إله حتى يبدو على ملامح الرجل الأسود ثقة كاملة في أنه يملك الدواء الذي يمكن به معالجته من يأسه وتحويله حكيمًا "مؤمنًا" سعيدًا مثله. لكنني أتفهم دافعه هنا وهو أنه كان يريد أن يقنعه بالعدول عن فكرة الإنتحار وهو ما جعلني أشفق عليه لشعوري أن الرجل الأبيض يستنزف الأسود نفسًيا، وهو في المقابل لا يكف عن محاولة التأثير عليه وإقناعه فكرة ايضًا تتكرر دائمًا عندما يتناول معظم الكتاب موضوع الإلحاد والإيمان وهو أن الشخص الملحد تعيسًا متشائمًا يريد الإنتحار بسبب إلحاده، والشخص المؤمن سعيدًا متفائلًا يحيا حياة بسيطة وسعيدة بسبب إيمانه.. حالة تنميط أخرى عززها ماكارثي في مسرحيته..من أين جاءت هذه الفكرة الراسخة أن الإيمان مكافئته السعادة والإلحاد عقابه التعاسة ونهاية طريقة هي الرغبة في الإنتحار؟؟ الا يوجد أشخاص مؤمنة وتعيسة غير راغبة في الحياة؟؟ الا يوجد أشخاص ملحدة وسعيدة ومتمسكة بالحياة؟؟ مع ذلك مشهد النهاية كان مؤثرًا وفي العموم المسرحية لم تكن غبيية لكنها لم تكن ملهمة لي ايضًا.

  • Helen
    2019-01-30 20:07

    I first heard about this book a little over 6 years ago, when a friend of mine was reading it at a writers' retreat. He said it was very different from McCarthy's other books, and interesting in the fact that it's a novel, written as a play. He didn't say much of anything else about it, but I put it on the list to read, eventually. Well, that friend has since died, and I wish he hadn't, because I've now read the book, and I wish I could talk to him about it further, because in many ways, it was kinda like discussions this friend and I had on that weekend, a discussion between a person of faith and a person without, though, unlike White, my friend would never attempt suicide, and unlike Black, I've never been to prison. Or murdered anyone. Good stuff. The only thing I've ever read by CM where no one actually dies in the course of the story. It makes me want to read his other plays. It makes me think. It makes me remember my friend.

  • Christian, Kelanth, Scala
    2019-02-03 22:48

    Questo libricino è davvero un colpo duro. Stringato, essenziale, spartano negli ambienti, spartano nei personaggi, niente fronzoli, niente compromessi, come McCarthy ci ha abituato. Una sola convinzione: "o hai una ragione per vivere, «zuccherino», o il Sunset Limited è la fuori che ti aspetta". Passa tutti i giorni e sfreccia a centotrenta all’ora. Un uomo, Nero, pregno della fede di Dio, «sa che c’è Gesù in questa stanza» perchè si è ritrovato con il corpo cucito a metà e Dio l'ha salvato; un altro uomo, Bianco, sa che «Sopra ogni gioia pende l’ombra dell’ascia» e «Non vedo l’ora di strofinare il naso contro la sua guancia ossuta», perché «tutta questa storia di Dio è una gran cazzata» e il mondo è solo «un lazzaretto dello spirito». Un dialogo drammatico tra queste due persone, un uomo che tenta di salvare l'altro. Geniale e profondo per 108 pagine che ti fanno riflettere, davvero.Per pensare al significato della vita. Consigliato.

  • Ginny_1807
    2019-02-15 21:01

    Commento collage"Libro anomalo nella produzione di Mc Carthy. Abbandona gli scenari tipicamente americani a favore di una stanza spoglia e di due uomini (il Bianco e il Nero) che si confrontano in un duello senza esclusione di colpi sull'argomento che più ci sta a cuore: che ci stiamo a fare da queste parti? E, soprattutto, cosa ci separa da un incontro frontale con il Sunset Limited?" (Grazie, Cormac) "La grandezza di questo testo di McCarthy sta proprio nel fatto che i due antagonisti sono immobili. Nessuno cede un centimetro di terreno all'altro. Non è un testo ideologico, non dimostra nulla, non vi convince di nulla di cui non siate convinti già, non è un conte philosophique come pure è stato definito. A meno che non si parli di pessimismo filosofico, riconoscendo che qui sulla Terra ci sono due visioni ben distinte (il bianco e il nero, di nuovo...), entrambe vissute come autentiche dai rispettivi personaggi, che mai potranno incontrarsi." (Grazie, Federico)

  • Kirk Smith
    2019-01-23 16:54

    Headline: CORMAC MCCARTHY HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR. I always wished it could be true and now I have found it. This is too good to describe. Best thing in a year. It all begins with a failed suicide attempt and is then a debate between a theist and an atheist with one mans life as the forfeit or prize. The dialogue is both deeply serious and absolutely hilarious at the same time. If you have any patience for a believer/nonbeliever battle this is incredibly good. I always suspected that Cormac is a genius and now after discovering his sense of humor, I am sure of it.

  • Cody Gardner
    2019-02-02 16:04

    The Sunset Limited is fascinating - some of McCarthy's best work, and that is saying a lot. His use of dialogue in this book is nothing short of brilliant. He is able to take two opposing world views, examine them, and bring them to a climax that forces the reader to consider what he himself truly believe all through the conversation of two characters. I have a suspicion that McCarthy and I would differ on some important worldview issues but I have nothing but respect for this man. One of the best writers of our day without question.

  • Alan
    2019-01-22 16:49

    Thought provoking is an understatement.