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Sunset Limited

Author: Richard J. Orsi
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520251644
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"An extraordinary book by a master historian! Orsi demonstrates that the Southern Pacific was not simply a predatory corporation obsessed with maximizing its profits and political power; it had a strong sense of the public good and a devotion to building stable, prosperous communities. This superb book should be required reading for all historians of the West, business, and the environment."—Donald J. Pisani, author of Water and American Government “This deep and extensive examination of the Southern Pacific's development activities in California will encourage readers to look beyond the overblown rhetoric of the railroad's many political enemies and see afresh its many positive economic accomplishments as it worked to build the Twentieth-Century West. Orsi’s presentation is as luminous as it is impressive”—Carlos Schwantes, author of Going Places: Transportation Redefines the Twentieth Century West “This brilliantly researched and beautifully written study of one of America's greatest railroads offers wonderful insights into both transportation and Western history. Orsi places the early history of the Southern Pacific Railroad in proper focus by skillfully untangling the long-standing Octopus myth. This work deserves to be called a landmark in the field.”—H. Roger Grant, author of Follow the Flag: A History of the Wabash Railroad Company "Sunset Limited illuminates not only the workings and ambitions of the Southern Pacific railroad but teaches us a great deal about the late nineteenth and early twentieth century American West as well. This is a wonderful scholarly study: remarkably thorough, ambitious, and gracefully rendered."—William Deverell, author of Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910

The Sunset Limited

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330535757
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Full of rich dialogue, Cormac McCarthy's insightful and philosophical play, The Sunset Limited, probes the deepest questions of human existence. A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made. In that small apartment, 'Black' and 'White', as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history - mining the origins of two diametrically opposing world views, they begin a dialectic redolent of the best of Beckett. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men - though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is to deny it. Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life. Deft, spare, and full of artful tension, The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy is a beautifully crafted, consistently thought-provoking, and deeply intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.

Sunset Limited

Author: James Lee Burke
Publisher: Island Books
ISBN: 0307807452
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In a land soaked with sin, Dave Robicheaux is dueling with killers, ghosts, and a woman's revenge.... The townspeople of New Iberia, Louisiana, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever pinned him to a barn wall with sixteen-penny nails. Decades later, Megan, now a world-famous photojournalist, has come back to the bayou, looking for cop Dave Robicheaux. It was Dave who found the body of labor leader Jack Flynn. The sight changed the boy, shaped him as a man. And after forty years, Robicheaux is still haunted by the bizarre unsolved slaying. Now Megan's return has stirred up the ghosts of the long-buried past, igniting a storm of violence that will rip apart lives of blacks and whites in this bayou county. And for a good cop with bad memories, hard desires, and chilling nightmares, the time has come to uncover the truth. From the Paperback edition.

The Jerusalem Syndrome

Author: Anne Montgomery
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781418401849
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In the early morning hours of October 9, 1995, the Amtrak Sunset Limited, a passenger train on route from Miami to Los Angeles, was derailed in the Arizona desert, a deadly act of sabotage that left one man dead and nearly one hundred injured. The only clue at the scene points to an unknown militia group called the Sons of Gestapo. The Jerusalem Syndrome: The Wreck of the Sunset Limited traces the story of a pregnant teenager who bears an odd facial deformity, a Vietnam veteran and former Special Forces sniper who, as he descends into the throes of mental illness, latches onto the girl, and a group of Pentecostal zealots The Children of Light who have been waiting in the desert over thirty years for Armageddon. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when local and state police, FBI investigators and a horde of reporters make camp by the twisted wreckage of the Sunset Limited. As the search for the saboteurs continues, the authorities find themselves faced with more questions. There are bodies in the desert, an ex-assassin struggling to maintain his sanity as he falls victim to the effects of the Jerusalem Syndrome, and a child about to be born in the wilderness.

Nacht Ber Dem Bayou

Author: James Lee Burke
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 395530292X
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James Lee Burke ist "der Superstar der amerikanischen Kriminalliteratur!" Buchmarkt Aaron Crown hatte vor 28 Jahren einen Mord gestanden - jetzt beteuert er seine Unschuld und bittet Detective Dave Robicheaux um Hilfe. Als Crown aus dem Gefängnis fliehen kann und ein Fernsehjournalist erstochen aufgefunden wird, überstürzen sich die Ereignisse ... "Niemand erweckt Schauplätze so gut zum Leben wie James Lee Burke, und niemand beschreibt emotionale Konflikte so perfekt wie er." Elizabeth George 9. Band der Reihe um den Ermittler Dave Robicheaux

El Sunset Limited

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE
ISBN: 8439725973
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Del autor de La carretera, una obra sobre el significado de la vida y de la muerte En una habitación cerrada, un hombre negro y otro blanco mantienen una dura batalla dialéctica. El hombre blanco, un profesor de humanidades de vida acomodada, atenazado por sus propias dudas acerca de la condición humana, considera que la única salida a la miserable situación en la que se halla el ser humano es arrojarse a las vías del Sunset Limited. Ha llegado a creer que la experiencia de la felicidad es perniciosa para la condición humana. El hombre negro, sin embargo, se encuentra en el polo opuesto y ha llevado una vida marcada por la violencia, la adicción a las drogas y la cárcel. Pero a pesar de todo no ha perdido su fe. Encerrados en un debate filosófico, los dos contrincantes defienden de manera apasionada sus credos personales y tratan de convertir al otro. Ambas visiones, fundamentalmente contrarias, confluyen en esta conversación que ahonda en el vacío que se abre entre el silencio de Dios y lo inevitable de la muerte.

Drau En Im Dunkel

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644022712
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«Ein Geschwisterpaar, das im Inzest ein Kind gezeugt und sich damit außerhalb der menschlichen Ordnung begeben hat. Das Neugeborene, das sein Vater namenlos im Wald aussetzt, wird für die beiden zur Inkarnation irdischer Verdammnis. Eine Geschichte von biblischer Wucht und antiker Unentrinnbarkeit in einer Sprache, die lapidare Alltagsdialoge und knappe, präzise Beschreibungen mit glühend-visionärem Pathos verbindet. Alles, die Figuren, die Südstaatenlandschaft, wirkt – und darin besteht McCarthys große Darstellungskunst – real und mythisch zugleich: Apokalypse im Wilden Westen.» (Frankfurter Rundschau)

Verlorene

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644022615
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Knoxville/Tennessee: Anfang der fünfziger Jahre. In einem Slum am Ufer des Tennessee-Rivers lebt auf einem Hausboot Cornelius Suttree. Er ist so verloren wie seine Freunde. Eine archaische Welt im Schatten der rigiden, rassistischen Gesellschaft des amerikanischen Südens, geprägt durch Armut und brutalen Überlebenskampf. Dort ist der Tod alltäglich. Aber eigentlich steht im Mittelpunkt des Buches der Fluss, Lebensader und Styx: Suttree lebt vom Verkauf der Fische, doch allzu oft treibt eine Kinderleiche im Wasser. Im Schlamm, halb verborgen unter Giftsumach, und an den Abstürzen des Steilufers vegetieren die Außenseiter, die heroischen Überlebenskünstler; auf der anderen Seite des Flusses, hell erleuchtet und unerreichbar fern, liegt die moderne, die reiche Stadt.