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“Suttree contains a humor that is Faulknerian … and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor.” (Times Literary Supplement, London)
Zach M. Gentry
Unlike many of McCarthy's novels, this had moments of wit and humor. It also contains some of the most vivid prose I've ever heard.
Nothing. The reader was excellent. It was the constant detailed imagery which made me uncomfortable.
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.
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.
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.
The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.
the book was disappointing because i expected more from McCarthy. It is most excellent writing, and the character is three-dimensional. He was, nevertheless, hard to like and to feel involved with.
Time will show me if he sticks in my head like the characters of "all the pretty horses" and many of the other books he has written, in which case i would have to change my opinion of this book. The visual pictures produced by the story may be unforgettable; they are already jumping up at me.
i am listening to Endurance.
I would listen again, yes. Not too many books would fall under this decision, however, Suttree is a modern classic and told McCarthy Style which makes it even more appealing
This book is very different than The Road, No Country for Old Men or other McCarthy books. He uses SO MANY WORDS to describe so many details. I have an above average vocabulary, but there were descriptions and scenes I just did not understand because I was not familiar with the words. It was a challenge to follow but the writing is a tour de force of vocabulary and is impressive. I also feel the story is very different than other McCarthy books - it doesn't charge forward in the same fashion as many of his books do. I think I listened to 5+ hours of this book and lost interest. It's over 20 hours of book!None of these factors are criticisms, I just want other readers/listeners to know. I ended up returning this on Audible ( a feature which i just discovered and for which I am very thankful)
I love Cormac McCarthy's work! I listened to The Road recently and loved it again. I've probably read 4-5 books by McCarthy.
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
this was an incredibly interesting story that left me sitting in my driveway not wanting to stop listeneing every evening. It has to be my favorite McCarthy book hands down. The imagery is clear. the narration couldnt have been better and the story is superbly odd, grousome, wounderful, and relateable all mixed together.
Gene Harrogate and his schemes.
His ability to bring out each character's nuances with his voice acting.
a recoding made with at least 20th century technology
I have no idea what this genre is --ear hurting?
cannot tell since it was smothered in the terrible sound
couldn't listen long enough to tell
Doesn't anyone at Audio listen to a recording before selling it?
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
As others have noted, there is no real story here, just an author with a dictionary for a foundation of vocabulary knowledge and the poetic means to use it in a hypnotic sense. Blood Meridian pulls both the above concept and a great story together that allow McCarthy's words to spill out gore onto the page in tantric swipes of page turning horror and interest. This, while still along the same lines as that, fails to do so since the story just kind of mimics the flow of a river by meandering around bends until it just ends. Simply put, there is no driving force, no goal or underlining current that is there for the main character to achieve.
Did I like it?
Even with the above.... Yes.
Would I recommend it?
Yes. It is worth the listen just to see/hear a truly great writer flinging massive amounts of talent out across the blank page.
I would need to like the characters (they are not people you would like to meet) The narrator would need to lift from the boring monotone delivery.
He would need to make the characters more approachable and he could have written a story with less depressing post apocalyptic view of the world where they live. The writing is so depressing and dark that it is disturbing. This is a genre that I do not recommend.
Someone with a more expressive voice. His monotone delivery tended to put me to sleep.
The vocabulary was certainly extensive but, I felt at times that Mr McCarthy was using obscure words for no other reason than to show off his extensive vocabulary.
This is my first McCarthy book. The genre is not for me or the faint hearted. I only made it to chapter 7 before I decided to stop listening. The dark, depressing post apocalyptic world in which the equally unlikeable characters live, coupled with the equally dark narration (possibly intentional) made this my worst Audible experience thus far.
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