A smart loyal and generous man, Suttree cannot nevertheless pull himself up and away from the miscreants and degenerates whom he interacts with in Knoxville TN. Less action then some of the other McCarthy novels but with the same poetic prose. Maybe not the best choice if you haven't read any of his other novels, but definitely worth reading.
you guys want to read something dark from cormac mc carthy? have any of you read "child of god" talk about twisted. i told a friend of mine about this twisted story that takes place in the south (describing this book) and he laughed and said "the south is like that" cheers to all you cormac fans. i read Suttree and really enjoyed it. todd
thank you to unix2000z for your review. I had started to read this book and was having trouble with the dark (even by Mccarthy's standards), slow beginning, and was at the point of returning it unfinished.
But then I read your review, which gave me the will to persevere and it was worth it!
Kirkus nailed it, so why read mine? I would only add that this is a beautiful story about a beautiful man. Buddy is complex, extremely flawed, and ultimately tragic. But beneath all the warts there beats a heart of pure gold. You can't help but love Suttree by the end of the novel, and wish him well. McCarthy makes you ache for something better for poor old Buddy, but you always know that most of his misery is of his own doing. This is may be my favorite McCarthy novel, although I absolutely love all ten of them. This book made me want to visit Knoxville in the same way Faulkner draws me to Oxford, Mississippi. This tale is of the great American loser, penned by the greatest American writer since Faulkner. Read it!
Beautiful, ugly, phantasmic.
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