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. aSuttree marks McCarthyas closest approach to autobiography and is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of his booksa Stanley Booth aThe 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.
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