"The Passenger," Book Two, Cancelled

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  • 18 Jan 2018 at 11:22 am #10087

    asoron0424
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    I’m writing regularly for a new reviewing outfit and was hoping I might be eligible for a galley if one was available. Called Knopf, spoke with customer service, they looked McCarthy up for me and said the first thing that appears under his name is “Novel #2 — Cancelled”. He says there’s another untitled McCarthy novel slated for a tentative March 2019 release.

    Where was it that we heard somebody, an acquaintance of his, say that McCarthy’d gotten kinda lost in the book’s complexity over the years and that’s why it’s taking so long? You think he may’ve taken it back from the publisher to keep working on it? Either way, the book’s mystique is taking on a life of its own.


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    18 Jan 2018 at 9:54 pm #10088

    Rick Wallach
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    In the immortal words of Patrick McGoohan, who is Novel#1?


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    19 Jan 2018 at 9:56 pm #10089

    asoron0424
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    Eep, sorry! Ever since he revealed The Passenger at the Santa Fe event in 2015, Knopf has had him slated for the release of two books, to be released about a month apart from each other (McCarthy kind of alluded to this in that little interview he did on The Counselor DVD). The books have been listed in their schedule ever since then as “Novel 1” and “Novel 2”. I was thinking that the thing we heard sampled at that public reading was the smaller Novel 2 — and it sounded like Sunset Limited. Dramatic form. Like maybe that entire book would be an extended therapy session between those two characters. Or maybe they’re not related at all. One’s just a kinda complement to the other — like The Stonemason was to The Crossing, Sunset to The Road.

    Anyway. Novel 2’s been “cancelled.” Whatever that means.


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    20 Jan 2018 at 1:46 am #10091

    Birne
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    Well, a simple answer could be (of course) that they will publish both in one book… in any case, March 2019 is as close to infinity as it gets…


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    20 Jan 2018 at 2:39 pm #10092

    Rick Wallach
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    @birne: yes, if you add up all the prior cancelled publication dates of the various iterations of this novel, using Planck time as your starting point, it does come pretty close to infinity, doesn’t it?


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    20 Jan 2018 at 3:32 pm #10093

    Glass
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    Recalls the halfway/dichotomy paradox.


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    21 Jan 2018 at 8:18 pm #10094

    Rick Wallach
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    I think even some hardened Cormackians are growing weary of all the now you see it, now you don’t publication switcheroonies regarding this novel. Cancelled again? Yawn. New publication date? Yawn. Folks are just flat out losing interest.


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    22 Jan 2018 at 3:30 am #10095

    Tyler
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    Birne: in any case, March 2019 is as close to infinity as it gets…

    That might not even be The Passenger. Cormac said he had three ‘not yet published’ books back in 2009 when he had his typewriter auctioned off. The March 2019 book could be that third book.


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