What is the sunset limited about
The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthyA 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 fundamentally opposing world views. 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 desperate 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 deceptively intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.
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The Sunset Limited
All rights reserved. What's Up With the Ending? The setting is Black's apartment, in one of the poorer areas of New York City, during the present day. His tenement is populated by drug addicts and other desperate people, and he lets them crash o This is a play, which means there are no two ways about it: It's a drama. That said, it isn't some fluffy comedy piece.
Art is maddeningly dynamic. It does not, and will not, mean the same thing to one person as it does to another. Depending on our individual lenses, histories, predilections and aversions for interpretation, each of us experiences a works of art in just that way: individually, personally, uniquely. There's no finer example of this than the recent HBO film The Sunset Limited , which continues to air regularly on the cable channel. It is simple in its parts -- more like a play that was filmed for television. The cast is just two men -- known simply as "Black" and "White" -- in a single room, having a single cnversation. The story, based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, seems simple enough -- almost black and white, if you will.
McCarthy's second published play, it was first produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on May 18, , and it traveled to New York City later that same year. The play was published in a paperback edition about the same time that it opened in New York. Some consider it to be more a novel than a true play, partly because of its subtitle, "A Novel in Dramatic Form". The play involves only two nameless characters, designated "White" originally played by Austin Pendleton and "Black" originally played by Freeman Coffey , their respective skin colors. Offstage, just before the play begins, Black saves White from throwing himself in front of a train.