The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy – Our Review


Our Review…

Buckle down for a wild ride with this trademark Cormac McCarthy.

Delivering on all levels, this novel is both beautiful and brutal. It plunges you immediately into its often strange world as we first meet siblings, Alicia, the brilliant schizophrenic mathematical genius in a fever dream in a run-down motel, then Western, her beloved brother, a deep sea salvage diver at 3am in inky waters off New Orleans.

Both are complex, inward turning. We later learn they rely savagely on each other, as they have both all their lives, carried the guilt and legacy of being born the children of the physicist who worked on creation of the original atom bomb.

Ostensibly though the plot centres on Western and his dive for the sunken airplane, of finding nine passengers strapped in their seats, instead of ten, and of the black box flight recorder missing. The second novel which comes in December, Stellar Maris reveals Alicia’s story.

However, like all McCarthy novels, this is just the framework, you get so much more … and this novel delivers mightily on all levels. It is a deepfelt rumination on love and grief and loss. It also explores wide-ranging philosophical, physics and mathematical concepts , as well as with all McCarthy novels, the all American dream.

I adored The Passenger, while it is not for the faint of heart, the writing is utterly magnificent. This is Cormac McCarthy at the height of his powers, and is a total joy to read.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books