Ever since I stumbled on The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy, I’ve tried to read at least one book by him a year. His writing is often so intense and so disturbing that I can’t handle much more than one at a time. Then I usually need some time to recover and digest. I think I only have a couple left at this point, so I picked up The Sunset Limited, a novel in dramatic form (2006) for this year.
This work is very different from the previous books I’ve read from McCarthy. Written as a play that consists of one long scene between two characters–one simply labeled “white” and the other “black,” the entire book takes place sitting at the table in a rundown tenement. The black character is an ex-con and ex-addict who has turned to Jesus and faith while the white character is a professor who has given up on life, hope and humanity.