This compelling novel has as its protagonist Cornelius Suttree, living alone and in exile in a disintegrating houseboat on the wrong side of the Tennessee River close by Knoxville. He stays at the edge of an outcast community inhabited by eccentrics, criminals and the poverty-stricken. Rising above the physical and human squalor around him, his ...
This compelling novel has as its protagonist Cornelius Suttree, living alone and in exile in a disintegrating houseboat on the wrong side of the Tennessee River close by Knoxville. He stays at the edge of an outcast community inhabited by eccentrics, criminals and the poverty-stricken. Rising above the physical and human squalor around him, his detachment and wry humour enable him to survive dereliction and destitution with dignity. '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
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As in the case of all his books, there is a sense of place and a careful drawing of characters. Cornelius Suttree is one of those rare persons who finds the cruel hand of fate draws him into a web of situations from which he cannot emerge without being false to himself. The issue of fate vs free will is everywhere implied but it is up to the reader to ask: What choice did Suttree have? It is our friends, our on the edge associates, or our well meaning family that create the tension. If we abandon those on whose shoulders we stand, it is an apparent disavowal of our roots; on the other hand, if we cannot critically face them and discover those unrealized dimensions within the core of our being, we risk another kind of danger. Highly recommended but it will not be easy for those who wish the feel good kind of books or films that leave you filling good because your hero survived; in reality, those kinds of genres work because they provide cheap thrills that require no comment beyond asking your companion whether they enjoyed the previews or quality of the popcorn.
Sep 16, 2007
I had to read this five hundred page book for class. With no story and an unlikable lead i thought I would never finish. The lead is a complete jerk. The prose the book is written in is well done, but ruined by placing a jerk in the lead. There are some interesting character, including one who gets romantic with watermelons, but nothing worth finishing the mammoth book.
Publishers Weekly, 1986-09-12 Set in Knoxville, Tenn., in the 1950s, this novel tells the story of a man who has repudiated his well-to-do parents, deserted his wife and is now a river fisherman who consorts with robbers, ragmen and other outcasts. ``McCarthy captures these people's lives and speech with a tough, lyric grace,'' PW commented. (October)
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