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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.nbsp;nbsp;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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1979
ISBN: 9780679736325
Branch Call Number: F McC


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Aug 14, 2019

This may well be my favourite book of all time. The story is funny, engaging, and tragic and I think McCarthy's writing is about as poetic as prose can get. Needless to say I highly recommend.

Mar 17, 2019

"There is nothing occurring in the streets. Nothing but a dumbshow composed of the helpless and the impotent."(p.14)
"These small enigmas of time and space and death." (p.376)
"The old man had crawled in to the flooded gutter among the sewage and was demanding baptism." (p.382)
The revoltingness and disgusting-ness of this novel is extraordinary. It gives one nightmares after reading from it, and makes one wince whilst reading it. Among the best aspects are its compound words: harpiethroated, pumpkintoothed, moonlight melonmounter, ragestrangled, dreamcreature, and nightbeast. There are many many more. Very powerful, but not in the least pleasant.

Jan 02, 2015

A smart loyal and generous man, Suttree cannot nevertheless pull himself up and away from the miscreants and degenerates whom he interacts with in Knoxville TN. Less action then some of the other McCarthy novels but with the same poetic prose. Maybe not the best choice if you haven't read any of his other novels, but definitely worth reading.

Feb 14, 2012

you guys want to read something dark from cormac mc carthy? have any of you read "child of god" talk about twisted. i told a friend of mine about this twisted story that takes place in the south (describing this book) and he laughed and said "the south is like that" cheers to all you cormac fans. i read Suttree and really enjoyed it. todd

philyoung Dec 05, 2011

thank you to unix2000z for your review. I had started to read this book and was having trouble with the dark (even by Mccarthy's standards), slow beginning, and was at the point of returning it unfinished.
But then I read your review, which gave me the will to persevere and it was worth it!

Jun 17, 2011

Kirkus nailed it, so why read mine? I would only add that this is a beautiful story about a beautiful man. Buddy is complex, extremely flawed, and ultimately tragic. But beneath all the warts there beats a heart of pure gold. You can't help but love Suttree by the end of the novel, and wish him well. McCarthy makes you ache for something better for poor old Buddy, but you always know that most of his misery is of his own doing. This is may be my favorite McCarthy novel, although I absolutely love all ten of them. This book made me want to visit Knoxville in the same way Faulkner draws me to Oxford, Mississippi. This tale is of the great American loser, penned by the greatest American writer since Faulkner. Read it!

Jul 28, 2010

Beautiful, ugly, phantasmic.


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