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The Orchard Keeper Paperback – February 2, 1993
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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McCarthy tells their story of `profound inconsequence' in language of exotic precision. They are bound together through their relationship with nature and the land which offers up little sustenance but imbues their lives of dispossessed independence with meaning. In his prose, McCarthy elevates the everyday to a poetic significance, with some of the richest descriptions of the unforgiving natural world to be found anywhere. A bird on the wing, a wind in the trees, a car on a mountain road: he handles each image with equal skill, so that we exist with them in that place and time.
McCarthy treads the fine line between pathos and bathos, walking with sure steps, so that we feel for his subject - men hunting, the animals they hunt, the landscape as part of which they exist - but we never feel sorry. His dialogue is sparse, but loaded, with a natural rhythm you may have thought lost to the world. McCarthy finds the beauty in desperation and depicts it unsentimentally. While his story is a guiltless one of violence and resignation in the face of material poverty, his subject is `all questions ever pressed upon humanity and beyond understanding'. Except McCarthy appears to understand them, and is able to explicate them.
This is a tremendously artful and in many ways wonderful book. Nobody since Faulkner has as dense and intense a prose style. You must have an unabridged dictionary beside you to really get everything he gives you. The reason I write this review is for those who want a deep, meaningful book and are thinking of reading this like I was. If you are such a person and do not have alot of time on your hands, I would suggest going elsewhere for one reason only. Another Amazon reader talked about the plot of this novel as being extraordinarily inconsequential. I think that this is McCarthy's point. It is a story about the land and people that personify independance. It is about an age of rural Southern life that no longer exists. It is not supposed to tie it's points up in ribbons and to keep you passionately turning pages unless your there for the art of it (of which there is a considerable amount).
My frustration was that when I finished this, I got it and appreciated it but was not particularly moved in any way. I read the last three chapters again to see if I was an idiot or if this was just an erudite, muted text.Read more ›
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It took me awhile to read this book. In my opinion, one of the more difficult of Mcarthy's novels to follow, especially if you start and stop with increasing frequency but this... Read morePublished 3 days ago by L.D.
This book was tough, not going to lie, it dragged on for me and I didn't enjoy it much at all. It jumps around and became confusing at certain points, maybe it was because I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brad Meder
Oh, man. Talk about trudging through descriptions. So many insignificant details that bog down what little story there is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Delta Stet
McCarthy never disappoints me. I am in love with his prose no matter how harsh the subject matter may get. Reading his work always is time well spent.Published 3 months ago by MP
Great book. Needed for English and got to me sooner than expected. Little wear good condition.Published 8 months ago by Hayle
A true wordsmith. Dark but intriguing. One of the best writers I've come across in many years. Always one of those books you read well into the night.Published 8 months ago by Lorre Fleming