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Suttree

McCarthy, Cormac

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ISBN 10: 0394482131 / ISBN 13: 9780394482132
Published by Random House, 1979
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0394482131 Price intact. No remainder mark. Book and dust jacket have some age-tanning. Dust jacket has light edgewear and a tiny white spot on front. No flap creases, or jacket tears. Binding is square. There is bubbling to the front and rear pastedowns along the top three inches of the gutter. Page numbers 443, 446, 467, 469 & 470 have a kink in them (the kinks are about two inches down from the top of the page and they run all the way across the page from left to right in a thin line), this appears to be a manufacturing defect or less likely a repair of some kind.Dust jacket in a Brodart protector. Photos available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 023953

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Title: Suttree

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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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