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Ann

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  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
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    (181)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Darwin8u says: "Absurd Gout of Hallelucinationatory Crazy"
    "Full of dark, ugly images"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The reader was excellent. It was the constant detailed imagery which made me uncomfortable.


    Has Suttree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not sure what genre to put this book into. It if full of images of death, filth, ugliness. The protagonist, Suttree was mired in this. There was little humor and little to which the reader (listener) could relate.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Suttree was the only character who had any of his inner traits revealed. Any even this left me confused as to his inner drives and motivations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It gave a presumably somewhat accurate of what the very poor of Knoxville in the early 1950s lived like. In that sense, it was a learning experience. You really were immersed in the poverty of that city. At times focusing on the ugliness and filth of a city is of value. Most of us go around photographing or "focusing" our attention on the beautiful. McCarthy focused on and described in detail images of ugliness, filth, decay and death. Also, the writing style was at times very poetic. Many times I felt like I was listening to the Walt Whitman of the ghetto. Lots of invented words and phrases which sounded like some kind of modern poetry.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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