Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

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McCarthy's idiosyncratic vocabulary and chronic verbal excesses will put off a lot of readers, but there is a cumulative power and occasional beauty in the relentless wretchedness that Suttree and his biographer wallow in.
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By the author of Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses, Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville.  Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there--a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters--he rises above the physical and human squalor with detachment, humor, and dignity.


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About Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine previous novels. Among his honors are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
Published August 11, 2010 by Vintage. 482 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

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McCarthy's idiosyncratic vocabulary and chronic verbal excesses will put off a lot of readers, but there is a cumulative power and occasional beauty in the relentless wretchedness that Suttree and his biographer wallow in.

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NY Times

Above average
on Feb 18 1979

Cormac McCarthy has little mercy to spare, for his characters or himself. His text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots. Mr. McCarthy won't soothe us with a quiet song. "Suttree" is like a good, long scream in the ear.

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Baby Got Books

Above average
on Dec 08 2005

Suttree is firmly in the Southern Gothic school of literature, which is not a bad place to be. Its debt or homage to Faulkner is evident throughout. The book begins with a dour but baffling “Dear Friend…” intro that sets the gothic stage.

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