Hardback The passenger / Cormac McCarthy.
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: London : Picador,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780330457422 (hbk.) :
1980, Pass Christian, Mississippi: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wetsuit and plunges from the boat deck into darkness. His divelight illuminates the 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. But how? A collateral witness to machinations that can only bring him harm, Western is shadowed in body and spirit - by men with badges; by the ghost of his father, inventor of the bomb that melted glass and flesh in Hiroshima; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.
400 pages ; 24 cm
I loved this book, which is a must read for any fans of his earlier novels. But be warned, it's not an easy read in places, and I guarantee there will be sentences and passages that will escape the understanding of any reader. There are also quite brilliant passages, especially the quick fire dialogue between the main protagonist, Bobby Western, and a cast of intellectual and entertaining misfits. The book has the structure and (in places) the pace of a thriller, and features: a Government conspiracy that threatens Bobby's freedom; treatises on quantum mechanics and mathematics; the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb (Bobby's father worked with Oppenheimer on the bomb); an unconsummated incestuous love between brother and sister; the Mafia's responsibility for Kennedy's assassination; and, not least, the question of God's existence. Ultimately, maybe the book's lack of clear meaning is an expression of life's lack of meaning in a Godless world.