The Sunlight Dialogues

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The Sunlight Dialogues
First edition cover
Author John Gardner
Cover artist John Napper
Country United States
Language English
Genre Philosophical fiction
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 712 pp
ISBN 0-394-47144-X
OCLC 333602
LC Class PZ4.G23117 Su PS3557.A712

The Sunlight Dialogues is a 1972 novel by the American author John Gardner.

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The novel is set in the 1960s in Batavia, New York. It follows Batavia police chief Fred Clumly in his pursuit of a magician known as the Sunlight Man, a champion of existential freedom and pre-biblical Babylonian philosophy. As Clumly believes in absolute law, order, justice and a Judeo-Christian world view, the two butt their ideological heads in a number of dialogues, all recorded on audiocassette by Clumly. Each of these two characters attempts to exert power over the other—Clumly with the law behind him and the Sunlight Man with his magic and violence—until they wear down not only each other, but many of the other characters with whom they come into contact. A myriad of side-stories provides background for the plot.

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