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 diametrically opposing world views, they begin a dialectic redolent of the best of Beckett. 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 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 deeply intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time. 'Nothing short of dazzling. So astonishingly affecting, so powerful, so stimulating!' Chicago Tribune
Il Sunset Limited è un treno. Corre veloce come tutti i treni, tutti i giorni. Non si ferma di fronte all'inaspettata e repentina sofferenza umana, non si ferma dinanzi agli affanni e ai dolori della quotidianità. Carica su di sè mille teste e
..." mille scarpe e le trascina senza chiedere nulla, senza sapere nulla di quei mille cuori pulsanti. Ma se uno di quei cuori avesse il desiderio profondo di finire sotto, e non sopra il Sunset Limited? Si, esatto, quel treno sfreccerebbe lo stesso. ...continua a leggere qui ---> http://sfogliandolavita.blogspot.it/2014/03/cosa-manca-al-cuore-umano.htmlContinua...Nascondi
This is heavy stuff, Professor! Are you tryin to put me in a trick bag? We are talking about the meaning (or lack thereof) of life. We are discussing the existence of God. What makes one a believer and the other a doubter? What hope is there
..."e is there in a "moral leper colony" that is in the abyss of a cultural void? The believer hangs onto the illusion and the make-believe world found in faith. The other is a man standing on the edge of the world or even the universe. He's staring at the end of all tomorrow's and he's drawn a shade over every yesterday that's ever was.
This one is a little gem. Simple words and sentences but profound meaning and thought provoking.
For those who enjoy The Road, The Sunset Limited can indeed be seen as a companion piece for The Road. Perhaps this play is dryer and far less action is involved than The Road because what constitutes this play is a debate on the meaning of
..." life. I think it is more like a closet drama which directly deals with ideas itself than a normal play in which the idea is dressed up in plot. Thus it's hard for me to imagine an actual production of this play...will a play which consists almost only of philosophical debate succeed on stage? I do not know.
Both The Road and The Sunset Limited concerns with the end of the world. While the former literally depict a world destroyed, here in the latter, the destruction seems to occur in the metaphorical level: the waning power of culture and the loss of any meaning of life. These views can be seen in White's lament and his nihilist view toward everything. He once believes in power of culture, and it is such power that lies between White and Death. Nevertheless, since the power of culture dwindles down, he thinks of death and its eternal nothingness as his only hope out of this wretched human condition full of suffering and distress. Even the stoic will to persevere which characterizes The Road seems "farcical" for him. White is indeed the professor of darkness.
What interests me more is McCarthy's role here. What does he think of about the nihilist comments voiced out by White? As a novelist, it is hard for him not to think of the waning power of culture and art in this age because it also signifies the declining power and influence of his own work. Then what can the author do when his tools no longer prove useful and powerful?
Does McCarthy have an answer to this question? I do not know and I should explore more about it. Is is answer the essential human kindness, as is in The Road? Or does McCarthy's answer lie in somewhere else? Or does he offer an answer at all?Continua...Nascondi