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The Orchard Keeper Paperback – February 2, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
This first novel by McCarthy (whose All the Pretty Horses won the National Book Award) is set in a remote Tennessee community between the world wars.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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An American classic, The Orchard Keeper is the first novel by one of America's finest, most celebrated novelists. Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father. Together with Rattner's Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a drama that seems born of the land itself. All three are heroes of an intense and compelling celebration of values lost to time and industrialization.
Top customer reviews
Its still the same McCarthy with detailed descriptions and excellent literature writing, the story imo was just ehh..
I love reading first novels of great authors. Usually they are raw and unbridled. The Orchard Keeper is...great. I recommend this one. Start here if you plan on reading his other more popular books.
The writer's preoccupation with language per se took an exorbitant share of the proceedings. One felt there was a straining for effect that became tiresome. The characterisation of the old man and the boy was especially well done.
To keep the plot alive the author had recourse to mystification and literary trickery that gave a spurious complexity to the plot.