The Passenger and Stella Maris
These two books are Cormac McCarthy’s first novels in more than a decade. The Passenger and Stella Maris occur ten years apart from one another, each told by a different sibling.
The Passenger Synopsis
It’s 1980, and three in the morning when Bobby Western dons his wetsuit and plunges from the boat deck into darkness. His divelight illuminates a sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flightbag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger.
Traversing the American South, from the garrulous bar rooms of New Orleans to an abandoned oil rig off the Florida coast, The Passenger is a breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.
Stella Maris Synopsis
The second volume of The Passenger, in 1972, Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to hospital. Alicia has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and she does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Told entirely through the transcripts of Alicia’s psychiatric sessions, Stella Maris is a searching, rigorous, intellectually challenging coda to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence.
About Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy (born July 20, 1933) is an American writer who has written twelve novels, two plays, five screenplays and three short stories, spanning the Western and post-apocalyptic genres. He is known for his graphic depictions of violence and his unique writing style, recognizable by a sparse use of punctuation and attribution. McCarthy is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary American writers.
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