Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Passenger (November 2023)

By Cormac McCarthy

November 21, 2023

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 a sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats.  Missing from the crash site are 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 atom bomb; and by his sister, the love and ruin of his soul.

From the 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, and one of the final works by a true American master.

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