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This review is from: Suttree (Modern Library) (Hardcover)
Absolutely exquisite. Perhaps that adjective gets overused nowadays, but here it is appropriate - perhaps even not strong enough of a term. "Suttree" is a must must must-read. It is such a profound indictment of the human race that it could be used as evidence against us if we are ever sued by space aliens. When viewed in terms of "Blood Meridian" and all of C McC's pre-Natl Book Award works, his range as an author is revealed and is humbling. The man is our greatest living novelist. I am grateful to him for having offered this work to the world.
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Initial post: Aug 2, 2009 6:24:26 PM PDT
J. Clemons says:
His Southern (Tennessee) novels, all four of them (and his first novels), have been neglected by critics and readers. Many people believe that McCarthy only wrote about Mexico and the Southwest. I was fortunate enough to have a high school English teacher (11th grade) who was a fan of McCarthy, although I believe he had only written two books when the teacher recommended him to our class. The first three novels are all rather short and creepy, but all make flawed humans come alive. I believe that Flannery O'Connor influenced all his work, but especially his first 3 novels. Sutree, a much more ambitious novel, seems to me to be his best novel, though problably not the most enjoyable to read. All the Pretty Horses is my favorite McCarthy novel. I think most intelligent readers of fiction like Blood Meridian the best, but it is rather ostentatious and lacks the depth and subtlety of his other novels. It is a "show-off" novel. No Country for old Men will forever suffer because it was made into a movie by the ultimate show-offs: the Coen Bros. Chigurruh is not a pleasant person and, yes, he does come accross as crazy in the novel, but at the same time he is not as crazy and caricatured as the Coens make him. Those who saw the movie should read the novel, paying close attention to the soliloquies and interior monologues of the sheriff. The movie suffers greatly by not giving him more screen time. The Road is a haunting, but unconvicding novel, but making it into a movie seems impossible. It's too bad another movie version of All the Pretty Horses could not be made. With the right director and producer, this could be a wonderful, beautiful paean to the contours of life.
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