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Suttree | [Cormac McCarthy]

Suttree

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1979 Cormac McCarthy (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

Suttree contains a humor that is Faulknerian … and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor.” (Times Literary Supplement, London)

What Members Say

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    Zachary M. Gentry Oakland, CA 12-05-12
    Zachary M. Gentry Oakland, CA 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Zach M. Gentry

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    "A fascinating story, well told"
    What did you love best about Suttree?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 02-26-13
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 02-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Full of dark, ugly images"
    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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    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-11-12
    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-11-12 Member Since 2005

    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.

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    "Disappointing, but still excellent."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i am listening to Endurance.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    never boring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Winner for McCarthy"
    Would you listen to Suttree again? Why?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Mullis Colorado 02-05-14
    John Mullis Colorado 02-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "So Many Words!"
    What did you like best about Suttree? What did you like least?

    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)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cormac McCarthy? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GAINES United States 12-19-13
    GAINES United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.

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    "The Midnight Mellon Mounter....."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dorian Moses Lake, WA, United States 10-21-13
    dorian Moses Lake, WA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Suttree the most enjoyable?

    Poe's brilliance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gene Harrogate and his schemes.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    His ability to bring out each character's nuances with his voice acting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 10-04-13
    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "sounds like a mildewed book smells, except worse"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a recoding made with at least 20th century technology


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

    I have no idea what this genre is --ear hurting?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    cannot tell since it was smothered in the terrible sound


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

    couldn't listen long enough to tell


    Any additional comments?

    Doesn't anyone at Audio listen to a recording before selling it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DSD Georgia 09-13-13
    DSD Georgia 09-13-13 Listener Since 2009

    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.

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    "No story, as others note"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruno Mareeba, Australia 11-19-12
    Bruno Mareeba, Australia 11-19-12
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    "Very dark and depressing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Poe?

    Someone with a more expressive voice. His monotone delivery tended to put me to sleep.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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