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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)

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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 12-19-13
    GAINES 12-19-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    sf resident 06-18-13
    sf resident 06-18-13

    sf roses

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    "overwrought, wordy and dismal."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Hand Maiden's Tale


    What three words best describe Richard Poe’s performance?

    Nice voice, smooth


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ho hum,


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan VanBlaricom 10-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "one of his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this is one of Mccarthy's best, second only to Blood Meridian. Great descriptive writing, interesting characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the writing


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 06-10-13
    Robert 06-10-13
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    "A Varied Life With & Among the Downtrodden"

    I'm a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. His prose is just among the richest and most descriptive. It just flows.

    I gave this book 4 stars because I just couldn't piece together the stories. Inside this book is a series of events all richly described, but varied and unordered.

    If you love Cormac McCarthy, you'll instantly recognize the prose and style. You won't however find this a well ordered story. It doesn't flow like the Border Trilogy or The Road or No Country For Old Men, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Sale, Australia 12-12-12
    anne Sale, Australia 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing..."

    This must be the most Dark book I have ever listened to.... I only got to chapter 10 ..and only reached that chapter as my hard drive had died and I had nothing else on my i pod to listen to .
    Decidedly unimpressed and would not recommend that you purchase this book unless you are on some type of antidepressant !!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    springn1 Alma, MI United States 02-05-13
    springn1 Alma, MI United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great writing, terrible story"

    Cormac McCarthy is an excellent writer. However, this story was very weak. There was really no story, just a bunch a individual unconnected events. If the same story had been written by a different writer it would likely have not been published. Overall, I'm very disappointed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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