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This compelling novel has as its protagonist Cornelius Suttree, living alone and in exile in a disintegrating houseboat on the wrong side of the Tennessee River close by Knoxville. He stays at the edge of an outcast community inhabited by eccentrics, criminals and the poverty-stricken. Rising above the physical and human squalor around him, his detachment and wry humour enable him to survive dereliction and destitution with dignity. a€˜Suttree marks McCarthya€™s closest approach to autobiography and is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of his booksa€™ Stanley Booth a€˜The book comes at us like a horrifying flood. The language licks, batters, wounds a€“ a poetic, troubled rush of debris . . . Cormac McCarthy has little mercy to spare, for his characters or himself. His text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots . . . Suttree is like a good, long scream in the ear.a€™ Jerome Charyn, New York TimesA section of galvanized gutterpipe sluiced the urine down to a rathole in the corner and out into the passing river. ... of some kind wet and pale that clung to a naked stud and Suttree pissed on it and it wriggled out through a crack in the wall . ... The father drives the cart, the dog runs after. ... Their names and dates in chalk on the wormscored wood. ... Under the floor the muffled bong of a barrel shifting.

Author:Cormac McCarthy
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2010-12-10


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