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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 1992
Publisher: Vintage International
Pages no: 471
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Southern Gothic
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I aint no infidel. Dont pay no mind to what they say.No.I always figured they was a God.Yes.I just never did like him.This is a world of Biblical proportions and ancient language; prose that tumbles, lurches, and forks like tributaries of the river where Suttree makes his home, shot through with a ...
Before 'The Road' and 'No Country For Old Men' there was....well this. McCarthy does Southern Gothic and probably wishes he hadn't because it doesn't fit at all with the tough Western image. Suttree is a drifter, scion of an ancient Southern family he has rejected. Think Steinbeck without the humour...
An amazing book. Not as perfect as Blood Meridian or The Road, but still amazing (as only anything by McCarthy can ever be amazing). In some bits he still seems like he's searching for his distinct authorial voice - as if he hasn't firmly embraced yet his sharp vacillation between the mundane detail...