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by Cormac McCarthy

  • ISBN: 0394741455
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • Other formats: lrf lit mbr mobi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1986)
  • Pages: 471 pages
  • FB2 size: 1292 kb
  • EPUB size: 1214 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Haled by cognoscenti, this early Cormac McCarthy tale follows the travails of Cornelius Suttree, a wayward, educated and privileged itinerant, as he wanders through the backwoods and over the rivers and streams of the Smoky Mountains, his acquaintances with the hillbillies, bums, misfits, miscreants and poverty-stricken, and his rotten, even tragic, relationships with honeys from the hinterland.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. By the author of Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses, Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree.

Cormac McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; July 20, 1933) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and post-apocalyptic genres. For All the Pretty Horses (1992), he won both the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

Suttree turned the page, grinning. Bits of ribbon, hairlocks fell slowly down over the photos. Suttree's spine convulsed in a long cold shunting of vertebrae. He looked up at the old woman

Suttree turned the page, grinning. She reached past him to adjust these from obstruction. He looked up at the old woman. She gazed at the photograph through her delicately wired eyeglasses with that constrained serenity of the aged remembering and nothing more.

I learned that there is one Suttree and one Suttree only, says the hero of Cormac McCarthy’s fourth novel, Suttree. He is referring to himself, but the eponymous novel is also a singularity. As the prologue addresses the reader, Dear friend now in the dusty clockless hours of the town. no soul shall walk save you. As its pages are turned, the novel is also each man’s one and only Suttree. Set in Knoxville in 1951, the novel opens with a fisherman on the Tennessee river, running his lines and stopping to watch the police haul up the body of a suicide.

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy. Posted on November 27, 2010April 4, 2012 by Edwin Turner. In his 1992 interview with The New York Times, Cormac McCarthy said, The ugly fact is books are made out of books. The novel depends for its life on the novels that have been written. McCarthy’s fourth novel, 1979’s Suttree is such a book, a masterful synthesis of the great literature - particularly American literature - that came before it. And like any masterful synthesis, Suttree points to something new, even as it borrows, lifts, and outright steals from the past

Praise for CORMAC McCARTHY McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly-envied. Ralph Ellison McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line

Praise for CORMAC McCARTHY McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly-envied. Praise for. CORMAC McCARTHY. McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly-envied. McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. Mr. McCarthy has the best kind of Southern style, one that fuses risky eloquence, intricate rhythms and dead-to-rights accuracy.

Cormac McCarthy Suttree The author wishes to express his gratitude to The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. PRAISE FOR CORMAC MCCARTHY McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly - envied. The author wishes to express his gratitude to. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The. Rockefeller Foundation, and The John Simon. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Praise for cormac mccarthy. McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly - envied.

Cormac McCarthy By the author of Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses, Suttree is the story .

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.

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" contains a humour that is Faulknerian in its gentle wryness, and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor' - "Times Literary Supplement". '"Suttree" marks McCarthy's closest approach to autobiography and is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of his books' - "Stanley Booth".
Reviews about SUTTREE (7):
The people who scoff at McCarthy, this book specifically, don't seem to understand his style. It's not that they're wrong to call it "hard to read" and "plotless". And I'm not trying to sound pretentious here. I agree with them semantically. It is not an easy to read piece, a normal article of literature that follows a smooth plot curve with complex, developing characters. It also isn't even cryptic poetry. I honestly think it's simpler than that. In the few interviews, and instances where he has been directly quoted, he explains it -- he's a naturalistic writer. He's simply narrating every second of a life in a real world. No one -- not him, not the characters, not us -- knows the plot. There is no plot in life. And his writing is very straight forward and flowing --"The judge walked." "They crossed the western edge of the playa." He's just taking you on a visual journey. And it's all a terrifyingly vivid journey, as close to reality as you can get. That's the beauty of it. Almost all literature distorts reality in some way for the sake of the "story" and what is supposed to be included in it. But real life is not a piece of literature. McCarthy captures real life. And it doesn't surprise me that he says his best friends are not writers but scientists. He hates writers. His idea of literature is almost that of scientific observation of humanity, and humanity's story is a strange and animalistic one, not some blocky cartoon.
I can tell you that I don't like his stuff for the same reasons as anyone else. I'm not going to sit and read it for the same reason I would read a non-fiction narrative or something. Life is short and you can't always devote hours of your time slogging through such a vivid record of one characters life, only to find no meaning at the end. But sometimes I want to, and I have to applaud McCarthy on being one of the only people who can open that door in the world of literature.
Alternately horrifying and darkly humorous, capturing motifs of the western novel and undermining the expected heroics with unpredictable violence, depravity, racism, brutality and Satanic philosophy. Some scenes were worthy of Fellini in their grotesqueness and absurdity. In any case, this isn't for the faint of heart. It debunks the romantic view of that era by reminding us how murderous many of the men were who felt they had carte blanche to slaughter, rape and kill Hispanics, Native Americans and anyone else they encountered along the way. They were lauded by others for paving the way for Anglo-American colonization. One could see this as a satire, but it also works as a horror story. It will stay with you for a long time.
A fellow author once described Cormac McCarthy as "a genius" who is "also probably somewhat insane." After reading Blood Meridian, I would amend that assessment somewhat, and say about McCarthy what Marlow said about Kurtz: "...his intelligence was perfectly clear. But his soul was mad."

I think that same quote also applies to the novel's unforgettable antagonist, the Judge. Everything about the Judge gives me nightmares, from his giant, hairless form, to his egregious acts of cruelty, to his philosophical musings. The moments in which he is gentle and civilized are, ironically, the most disturbing of all. He's a character of Kurtzian proportions, with a dash of Iago thrown in, and maybe a little bit of the "sandman" described in that awful Metallica song. He's the embodiment of evil, and yet there is a certain lucidity and consistency in his thinking, assuming his view of the universe is correct. That's what makes him so downright terrifying.

Besides giving the reader some interesting philosophical content to chew on, the novel is really rich in biblical allusion - something that will certainly intrigue the Christian reader. (That is, if he or she can get past the violence, which, in my view, is not as gratuitous as many people say - McCarthy does spare his readers a great deal of gruesome details and leaves many unspeakable things unsaid; often the horror is merely suggested, making it all the more horrifying). Much of the content in Blood Meridian is very much reminiscent of the imagery and rhetoric of Old Testament historical narratives. I'm not sure if McCarthy is making a direct allusion here, but a description of the Babylonians from the book of Habakkuk bears an uncanny resemblance to Glanton's group of warring scalphunters:

"[They] march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
They are dreaded and fearsome;
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
They all come for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
guilty men, whose own might is their god!" (1:5-11)

Even the Judge's language sounds as though it were inspired by Old Testament descriptions like these. In one of the most memorable scenes involving the Judge, he says to his fellow scalphunters, "War is the ultimate game because war is at last a forcing of the unity of existence. War is god" (261). What will surely trouble the Christian reader even more, however, is the absence of any Habakkuk who will stand in the midst of violence and despair and say, "I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places" (3:18-19). The closest we get to this in Blood Meridian is the expriest, Tobin. In fact, there is a highly symbolic scene toward the end of Blood Meridian in which the novel's protagonist, the kid, happens upon a group of dead people who had tried to take refuge around a fallen cross, onto which was tied a straw crucifix. The book is hardly subtle in communicating the idea that the universe is a cold and indifferent place, a place where "might makes right" and where the man who comes to terms with this is god. Like the Judge says, "The desert upon which so many have been broken is vast and calls for largeness of heart but it is also ultimately empty. It is hard, it is barren. Its very nature is stone" (344). Yet, while I disagree with these messages, there is a certain kind of intellectual respect that I have for this novel. The only thing more terrifying than reading this novel as a theist is reading it as an atheist. If the latter view is true, McCarthy hits on some terrible truths about human nature. Again, his intelligence is clear but his soul is mad.

Blood Meridian is a deeply disturbing novel. In it, McCarthy plunges the depths of the human heart in all its potential and fully realized depravity. After just one reading, I feel unable to assimilate all my thoughts into a coherent response to what I've just read. I feel like some Jane Austen would serve me well now, as a palliative against all the scalphunting, gore and...worse. Yet, there's just a certain gravity and weight to this novel that makes it unforgettable, and truly a masterpiece.

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