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Glimmers of a master,
This review is from: The Orchard Keeper (Paperback)
I would like to start by commending E, Weech's review above and only write to more or less concur. This is not a good starting point if you are uninitiated to Cormac McCarthy as being his first novel he was still mastering his craft, which is why I am only giving 4 stars as his later work is increasingly brilliant. He writes evocatively of a time in America that although harsh he clearly views with admiration and affection. He is almost poetic in the way he describes places, people and events. He also encompasses the full range of feelings and emotions from love to hate and warmth to utter dejection.
This book reminded me slightly of 'Sutree'(which is allegedly autobiographical)in that it is a sort of conglomerate of tales that are interwoven more by location than any clever or contrived plot twists. I found it utterly absorbing, moving and wonderfully written but one to read after you have been converted. It is fairly short too and I devoured it in a few sittings.