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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)
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Steinbeck
Haled by the literati and cognoscenti, SUTTREE is the tale of the travails of Cornelius Suttree, a wayward, educated and privileged itinerant's trudge through and life in the backwoods and on the streams of the Smokies, his acquaintances with society's bums, misfits and miscreants, his typhoid fever and lengthy hallucination, and his rotten and, once, tragic relationships with women.
My view of the novel as merely middling may be colored by my failure to pay close enough attention, but that brings up a valid point: the novel was, as all McCarthy novels, skillful and highly literate, and at times so erudite as to be incomprehensible (only adjectives that are either more than 10 letters or obscure suffice, though I don't mind the frequent pit stops for the dictionary), but the book's biggest defect was being, ultimately, forgettable.
Another beautifully written McCarthy novel. A novel in which everything happens while nothing is happening, in a way only this author can pull off. Narration was very good.
Just ... completely wonderful. Not like all the Pretty Horses or Blood Meridian but just as great. Modern brilliant urban slime.
Yes, the storyline felt very disjunctive jumping from string to string often without definitive conclusions. Frequently the storyline would move at the pace of molasses, mired in description and 50 dollar words that seem only written for the authors amusement or ego, but leaves the reader disconnected and/or thinking about something other than the prose at hand. I think there is a decent story in this book, but it just needs to be boiled down to about 10 hours instead of 20.
Too disjunctive in the way it is presented.
Good cadence, tone, variation, etc.
No, as noted, above I think more was said than needs to be for the most part except for the lack of definitive conclusions to sub plots within the narrative.
I selected this audiobook because I read and enjoyed Cormac's book "The Road" and because of the positive reviews. Now I recall one of the reviews relating Suttree to works by William Faulkner. I have only read one book by Faulkner, "Light in August" and really did not care for it. Now I kind of see the connection, although I think Cormac's Suttree is more digestible than Light in August.
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?
a story. I did not get past the first 20 minutes of the mindnumbing excruciating description of despair. incredibly disappointing. every sentence trying so hard , flowery prose with no plot or character. . Maybe it is easier to read and appreciate in print, but as an audible book, this really is a dud.
The Hand Maiden's Tale
Nice voice, smooth
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