The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts (Paperback)

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From a writer hailed as an American original -- and the author of the national bestsellers All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing -- comes a taut, expansively imagined drama about four generations of an African American family.

The setting is Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1970s. The Telfairs are stonemasons and have been for generations. Ben Telfair has given up his education to apprentice himself to his grandfather, Papaw, a man who knows that "true masonry is not held together by cement the warp of the world." Out of the love that binds these two men and the gulf that separates them from the Telfairs who have forsaken -- or dishonored -- the family trade, Cormac McCarthy has crafted a drama that bears all the hallmarks of his great fiction: precise observation of the physical world; language that has the bite of common speech and the force of Biblical prose; and a breathtaking command of the art of storytelling.

Praise For…

"McCarthy has achieved something only a few artists even attempt: He has created his own world...and made it his own -- beautiful, nightmarish, isolated." -- Wall Street Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679762805
ISBN-10: 0679762809
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 1st, 1995
Pages: 144
Language: English