Suttree Paperback – 1 Jan 2010
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Suttree marks McCarthy's closest approach to autobiography and is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of his books. (Stanley Booth)
The book comes at us like a horrifying flood. The language licks, batters, wounds - a poetic, troubled rush of debris . . . Cormac McCarthy has little mercy to spare, for his characters or himself. His text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots . . . Suttree is like a good, long scream in the ear. (Jerome Charyn New York Times)
‘Suttree contains a humour that is Faulknerian in its gentle wryness, and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor’ Times Literary SupplementSee all Product Description
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Like all his books this is a bleak, lonesome tale that inhabits you. Despite its elegaic sadness there is humour and a core human warmth. I read this book almost two years ago and I still miss the key characters.
I urge you to read this book!
The book isn't an easy holiday type read, I made extensive use of my new electronic dictonary. There were pages I read three times to try and better understand what I was reading. There is no real plot and it is not possibe to predict where things are going. The writing style takes getting used to as the author seems to make no consession to the reader. Sink or swim.
But, but, but do not let any of these things get in your way of purhasing this book now. Every ounce of effort you pour into this book will be rewarded in spades. It seeps down deep and touches your soul, it leaves its essence in your mind and heart and you will never, ever be released from its spell. There will be times when you will suddenly start and awake from your reading and wonder what magic was that, I was just there, I could see, smell, hear the sounds...
The book haunts my dreams, it stalks my daytime reveries. But oh, I do go on. Buy the book now, I do not doubt that you too will rage about the genius of this work.
In this novel, more than any of his others, McCarthy seems to work in the way a music composer does. McCarthy's hook, his chorus, is the Tennessee River. Again and again he describes it in all its seasons and moods to the extent I found it to be the main character - bewitching Suttree too, I think. He seems always drawn back to the river's indiscriminate flow as though it is the thread of life itself. Sometimes it provides him with a living, other times it threatens, impersonally, to freeze him to death or suck him under. The river delivers him friends and enemies then moves remorselessly on.
Suttree prefers the daily uncertainty of not knowing whether he will eat, freeze, fry, sink, be attacked, seduced, befriended or bereaved to the standard 'security' most of us recognise. We call it our life though, ironically, Suttree, who never existed, knows better than any what it means to live.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. Like the river by which it takes place it meanders gently over the coarse of a life time punctuated only by the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.Published 18 days ago
This is a truly great book, McCarthy's best in my view, surpassing his other masterpiece, "Blood Meridian". Read morePublished 25 days ago by JOHN
McCarthy’s fourth novel, published in 1979, is largely set in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the early 1950s, following a few years in the life of its eponymous character. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr Do Little
A journey through the squalid Deep South USA in the depression. Told through the eyes and travails, the joys and redolent humour of Suttree. Read morePublished 9 months ago by carob09
A work of brilliance by someone who knows how to wrire - superbPublished 14 months ago by Paul Morris