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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1979 ISBN: 9781464049668
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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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  • 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Kincaid | 2/3/2014

    " Find a quiet place. Plan to read this book without (many,as few as possible) breaks. You will appreciate it more. My opinion: McCarthy's masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonard | 1/30/2014

    " What can one say? If it's Cormac McCarthy it's bound to be not just good, but very good. Now I've read (or listened to) all ten of McCarthy's novels (The Orchard Keeper. Outer Dark, Child of Dark, Suttree, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and The Road). I still think Blood Meridian is the best, and I might read it again, or maybe listen to it on a recording, and re-reading more of his books is not out of the question. McCarthy's characters are the debris of society; losers, criminals, poor, homeless, failures; always on the move. Conservative governments will never provide any funding or government programs for these kind of people. Many of them work hard and barely survive. The language McCarthy uses to describe these lives is elaborate and chilling. Some say that good writing shouldn't draw attention to itself, but what point is there in reading if one cannot notice and appreciate the quality of the writing? Read McCrathy to know what's going on in the other world, the world of forgotten people, the world overlooked by power, money, and education. Read McCarthy to get a close look at great literature. Read McCarthy. Read.....McCarthy!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 1/28/2014

    " So not my type of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen P | 1/22/2014

    " one of the most vibrant characters in literature. an example for the reason to write and read. suttree and the voice of mcCarthy will stay within the reader and hopefully lead she or he onto other McCarthy books. it's a wonderful land to live in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Roberts | 1/21/2014

    " So many people have copied this, it is hard to recall that Cormac was the first. But he was. And still the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Legault | 1/19/2014

    " This contender for The Great American Novel engendered in me a depthless craving for chocolate milk on a hot day and an aching aversion to watermelon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emusam | 1/11/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 11/10/2013

    " Milo read many McCarthy boods aloud to my while living at Lydia's Canyon and sitting by the fire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 10/30/2013

    " Sutree is the anti-Huckleberry Finn and the quintessential Knoxville novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Doyle | 8/23/2013

    " McCarthy is a great read always. I learned that life is hard, but beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 8/21/2013

    " Aimless ne'er-do-well ne'er does well aimlessly, for 568 pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Butterflycager | 8/13/2013

    " So glad it's over...this was not the book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Towey | 1/8/2013

    " Completely awesome. I never wanted this book to end. His descriptions of Knoxville, Tennessee, are lyrical, poetic, brutal, telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 12/27/2012

    " Excellent fantasy book. Keeps moving all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/8/2012

    " The first McCarthy I read back in the early 90s. I was hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Albers | 12/5/2012

    " challenging....well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 11/8/2012

    " It starts slow, and then it is one of the best books I have ever read (top five). Now I think I will move to the South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Braybould | 10/12/2012

    " hard at times but well worth sticking with. Unlike anything I've ever read before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Fowler | 8/25/2012

    " Excellent earlier McCarthy. Beautiful language, lighter (subject wise) than most of his writing. Reinforces any "opting out of society" urges that you may harbor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Litbitch | 8/22/2012

    " I think I need to read this again, though I don't know when I'd have time for that. I thought I'd like it a bit more than I did. "

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