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Suttree

McCarthy, Cormac

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ISBN 10: 0394482131 / ISBN 13: 9780394482132
Published by Random House, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1979
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition stated on copyright page. Dust jacket is priced $12.95 on front flap. Dust jacket spine ends and corners are very slightly rubbed, otherwise fine. An excellent copy, clean, bright, crisp and tight. One of the nicest copies we have seen. 471 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 017814

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Title: Suttree

Publisher: Random House, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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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. '"Suttree" contains a humour that is Faulknerian in its gentle wryness, and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor' - "Times Literary Supplement". '"Suttree" marks McCarthy's closest approach to autobiography and is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of his books' - "Stanley Booth".

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Suttree contains a humour that is Faulknerian in its gentle wryness, and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor.” —The Times Literary Supplement (London)

“All of McCarthy’s books present the reviewer with the same welcome difficulty. They are so good that one can hardly say how good they really are. . . . Suttree may be his magnum opus. Its protagonist, Cornelius Suttree, has forsaken his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat among the inhabitants of the demimonde along the banks of the Tennessee River. His associates are mostly criminals of one sort or another, and Suttree is, to say the least, estranged from what might be called normal society. But he is so involved with life (and it with him) that when in the end he takes his leave, the reader’s heart goes with him. Suttree is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of McCarthy’s books . . . which seem to me unsurpassed in American literature.” —Stanley Booth
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