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The Stonemason: A Play In Five Acts

The Stonemason: A Play In Five Acts by Cormac McCarthy 0880013591 9780880013598
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The Stonemason is a profoundly moving drama set in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, concerning several generations of a black family. McCarthys narrator, Ben, reveals a painful episode in his familys history, grounding us at the same time in the beautiful dynamic between him and his grandfather, Papaw. Ben, Bens father, and Papaw are all stonemasons, but in descriptions of the trade we learn as much about this familys capacity for love as we do about constructing sound foundations for houses, barns and bridges. Papaws knowledge about stonemasonry is analogous to his deep spiritual wisdom, and Ben recognizes both as he looks back on his apprenticeship in the trade at which I thought myself a master and of which I stood in darkest ignorance. And as I came to know him ... As I came to know him ... Oh I could hardly believe my good fortune. I swore then Id cleave to that old man like a bride. I swore hed take nothing to his grave. Papaws son Big Ben and great-grandson Soldier do not respond as whole-heartedly to the old mans wealth of knowledge and patient guidance and the tragedy of the story is largely rooted in this fact. Both of these characters have lost connection with the work of their hands and by association with the earth, their family, and themselves. They are profoundly dissatisfied. Of his father, Ben later wonders, Why could he not see the worth of that which he had laid aside and the poverty of all he hungered for? Why could he not see that he too was blest? The Stonemason reveals afresh the mastery of character, plot, pathos, and the poetic facility for language that distinguishes Cormac McCarthys fiction, and which recently earned him the National Book Award for his bestselling novel, All The Pretty Horses.

Author: Cormac McCarthy

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 146

Publisher: Ecco Press

Publication Date: 1994-04-21

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