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Il guardiano del frutteto

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  4,504 ratings  ·  354 reviews
Tre uomini (il vecchio Zio Ather, il giovane Sylder che contrabbanda liquori e il ragazzino John), sono i protagonisti di una vicenda che ruota attorno a un cadavere, quello del padre di John, ucciso da Sylder e vegliato da Ather in un orto fra le montagne del Tennessee. Ma in un'agghiacciante commedia degli errori nessuno dei tre ha davvero compreso l'identità dell'altro.
Hardcover, Supercoralli, 229 pages
Published 2002 by Einaudi (first published January 1st 1965)
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Steve Sckenda
Nature is red in tooth and claw, and Cormac McCarthy will not let us forget it. McCarthy rips off nature’s mask of wonder to expose the grinning corpse that is leering back at us. Just below the surface of the green world exists a microcosm of riotous red violence and decay--a metaphor for the macrocosm and for the human condition.

An orchard keeper ("the old man") lives as a hermit in a defunct orchard that produces only rancid fruit in the mountains of rural Tennessee during prohibition. (The
Mike Puma

Face it GoodReaders—Cormac McCarthy isn’t for everyone. I doubt it was ever his intention. He doesn’t write for the casual reader, or even the avid reader. I think he writes primarily for himself, and gets rather a kick out of those of us who follow his every word and enjoy it for what it is. Like any artist, he creates a work, makes it available to a public, and moves on. He’s seemingly uninterested in what people think of his work, or in discussing his work, or its popularity. Reception to his

Mar 25, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Mike by: Members of On the Southern Literary Trail
The Orchard Keeper: Cormac McCarthy's first novel of his Southern quartet


First Edition, Random House, New York, New York, 1965

Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own
--Billie Holliday, God Bless the Child, 1941

You have to read this book. I rarely say it. I feel so strongly about it, I'll say it again. Read this book. Read it straight through. Then read it mo
Aug 27, 2007 Casey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone pining for appalachia
Blame it on Faulkner. You can't write a novel nowadays about the South—good country people, grotesque deviants, backwoods hollers, and wide, copper-colored rivers—without being labeled Faulkner-esque, your work derivative of Faulkner, your themes and language descended from a rich Faulknerian lineage. It's some wonder more southern writers aren't trying to flee from under daddy F's looming shadow, the evoked comparison being just as much of a complaint half the time as it is a compliment. Yet I ...more
I was a little worried going into this book because it is very common for a writer’s first novel to not be a good representation of that person’s entire body of work. This is often true with even the writers who go on to be canonized legends, as more often than not it takes them about two or three books to really get their literary sea legs.

While The Orchard Keeper isn’t quite at the level of Blood Meridian or Suttree, I’m still convinced that Cormac McCarthy sprang from the womb clutching a po
There's no question McCarthy is a brilliant prose writer. There are times when I stop in reading to marvel at his stunning verbal combinations. However the subject matter of this book just didn't appeal to me and I found the density of description overwhelming to the plot and actual characters. I knew exactly what everything looked like, smelled like, moved like, sounded like, etc, but for a good chunk of it i wouldn't have been able to tell you what was actually going on and how it related to a ...more
A truly intriguing and beautifully depicted but ultimately unsatisfying debut from McCarthy which arrived draped in keen, vibrant colours, with lush, fragrant descriptions of the gorgeous Tennessee landscape, earthy watercolour portraits of its taciturn characters, and the leisured pace of an Appalachian highway that tunnels through the overhanging, rainbow-spiked autumnal woods, emerging every now and then, sun-dappled and redolent of honey and cider, into the fresh breezes of open space—and ye ...more
McCarthy is at a natural disadvantage when an obsessive reader finally works back to his first book. Invariably, McCarthy will be unfairly graded against his own amazing later output. I liked Orchard Keeper. I really did. It was superior in almost every way that matters to most serious writing out there, but it just didn't hold up against other McCarthy novels. If one considers Suttree and Blood Meridian to be his masterpieces (and thus 5 stars), and The Road , No Country for Old Men and ...more
McCarthy's fisrt novel, the third of his I have read. All the signs are there! Writing without borders, dimensional shifts, thick, dreamlike. The Old Testament prophetic tone, the lyrical imagery as if somehow nature is expressing itself, and somehow too the sense that in each filmic detail, each auditory beat, you've been there to know it. Of people who were not very much in a sort of boggy, muddy, place that wasn't too much - like rubbish, always there, always, but never lasting - noticed, rem ...more
The Orchard Keeper was Cormac McCarthy's first book, originally published back in 1965. It was interesting reading this one closely after reading his most recent book, The Road.

(I read a very early copy of the book, with the original blurbs on the jacket. Random House was very sure of the book's popularity and importance, enough so to suggest McCarthy was a writer who would inevitably be recognized as a master at some point. They clearly had no idea it would take about 30 years for him to start
I don't believe in beach books, or airplane books, or the like, when I read I like to be challenged a little, but I have to admit this book was quite a difficult and complex read for me - perhaps too challenging in parts. I found myself rereading certain passages (sometimes because they were stunningly beautiful), restarting chapters, and flipping back a few pages because what I had just read was a blur in my mind. The way the narrative is presented here is a little disorientating and I think an ...more
Mr. McCarthy, sir, you are taking over my life. Even the music I'm listening to...I can't get enough of that slide guitar twang. I've fallen for those outlaw country bands (even the new guys like Tim Barry or Ben Nichols). And once again, sir, you did not let me down with your first novel the Orchard Keeper.

Sure, it was a little confusing with the shifting narration, denoted with italics, that sometimes takes place in the middle of a conversation. I sometimes wasn't quite sure whom nor when thes
Sorprendente romanzo di esordio, nel quale trovano già espressione le principali tematiche che costituiranno il nucleo portante delle opere più mature di questo magnifico scrittore.
È un libro aspro, percorso da una violenza strisciante, insidiosa e inarrestabile, una storia di equivoci e di segreti, di maturazione e di lealtà, di solitudine e di disincanto.
I protagonisti non sono eroi, ma individui che lottano per l’esistenza, un’esistenza che non regala nulla, ma piuttosto toglie, crudelmente
leggere Cormac per me è come aprire gli occhi su un mondo che non ho mai preso in considerazione, ogni pagina mi accresce perchè sento il travaglio dell'autore che ha poi portato a quella creazione, e il risultato è così maturo e definitivo, quasi un dato di fatto, nulla si può obiettare alla definizione così precisa e non pedante delle varie personalità, solo il fatto che nulla è facile, ma così è la vita
I enjoyed Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, so decided to start with his first novel and work my way forward. Aarg. This was the only book I had easy access to on the plane to Indiana or I wouldn’t have gotten halfway through it.

I am a pretty astute reader, I think, but I couldn’t keep track of the characters and couldn’t find anyone or thing that I liked enough to keep going. Too bad.
What beautifully luminescent writing to impend with doom. McCarthy writes like an angel to describe a hell of Prohibition-era mountain-country Tennessee. I want to read everything he's written! So far I had only read The Road, whose writing I could well appreciate, but, as those who know me know, I don't like post-apocalyptic narratives.
Wheee! I finally finished this book! Which means that I've only started. Now I have a ton of questions... obviously I'll need to do several re-reads. I'm sorry now that I waited so long to read it... I really, truly wasn't interested in reading it at all at first. It really is a fast read, and I might have had time to do an immediate second reading before feeling threatened by my (teetering) to-be-read pile--or at least a closer read (though I don't know that I was ready for a closer read the fi ...more
As a lot of people have noticed, this partakes very heavily of the southern literary tradition. It IS a Faulknerian book, but you sort of have to cede those comparisons by default because, as his first published work, it isn't yet fully representative of the rich, dark style he really makes his own a few novels later. But even an OK Mccarthy novel is often descriptively gorgeous enough to make you not care too much. And you can definitely see flashes here of what he would go on to develop in Blo ...more
While reading this book I had to constantly remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere. I admire McCarthy in many ways, having read three of his publications and bits and pieces of most everything else. But if I were to give the reader a disclaimer it is: Everyone must start somewhere.

The novel centers around three independent characters all living in the same rural Tennessee hill community. It's filled with elegaic descriptions of nature, concrete actions of the characters and a delibe
Ben Crandell
The Orchard Keeper was Cormac McCarthy’s first novel. I have enjoyed several of his books, and this happens to be the last one of his that I read. First of all this one isn’t so bloody. That said, there is still a bit of darkness to his tale like all of his other books. What I love are his prose and spot on descriptions of the most fantastic aspects of life. Sometimes I felt like I was right there in the forest, or under the roof listening to the rain, or watching water of the stream. I am a suc ...more
McCarthy's poetic style is in full bloom in his first novel and there is great beauty in that, but he strives so hard to make every single small and insignificant detail full of poetic and metaphorical import that it becomes overwhelming and exhausting for the reader. The main problem with his approach is that his novels are often short on plot and character and long on theme, and long passages are often like stream-of-consciousness style writing that leave an already disconnected--because we do ...more
I went through a period a while back where I read all of McCarthy's books in one giant rush. It was a sorrowful time for me, and the agonies that McCarthy has studded throughout all his works just seemed as givens; they were the types of heartbreak that I felt were to be expected in life and hardly registered.

Today I'm a far better state, happy and content, and these sufferings he portrays are almost too much to bear. The further I got into the story and the more I remembered about this particul
So after finishing The Orchard Keeper, I'm not really sure what happened, or if anything happened at all. I don't think that's ever been the point with McCarthy. I've yet to come across an author that puts this much detail into describing how the setting of the story may be just as important as the story its self. I read McCarthy in a hodgepodge, non-chronological fashion and was mesmerized by the depictions of the west in Blood Meridian and the border trilogy novels. Going back and reading the ...more
"Se han ido ya. Huidos, proscritos en la muerte o el exilio, perdidos, arruinados (...) Ningún avatar, ningún vástago, ningún vestigio queda de estas personas. En boca de la extraña raza que allí mora sus hombres son ahora mito, leyenda, polvo."

- Un buen ejemplo de por qué hay que otorgarles a los escritores el beneficio de la duda.
I'm not wasting any more time with Mr. McCarthy. I've tried and tried with him. I started with Blood Meridian, moved onto The Road, and now as I'm a little over a third of the way through The Orchard Keeper, I'm realizing that neither his early, mid, or late period writing is something I can get into. While The Orchard Keeper is mostly void of pretension, it's also plagued by problems that are present in his other books. Specifically, he can't write interesting or sympathetic characters to save ...more
Mariano Hortal
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This is a difficult book to rate because it's very inconsistent. The plot follows three different people - A boy, a man and and old feller - but these characters are shown from a distance. McCarthy shows their actions, but never lets the reader into their minds, so we never really know them. He relies more on the setting than on the plot and the characters, and to his credit there are some marvelous descriptions of nature and surroundings written in deliberately constructed, sparse prose (in thi ...more
Magick Stallion
I did more reading in a Webster's than I did in this actual book.

If this book had been written differently, or even by a different author, it would have been monumentally better.

Prepare yourself with a dictionary and a thesaurus hoping that either one of them will have a word that you'll be looking for.
You're going to need to machete your way through the dense foliage of grandiose verbosity being pawned off as poetic language.

Using big words that nobody ever uses or knows the meaning of, e.g,
Il guardiano del frutteto è il primo lavoro del romanziere Cormac McCarthy.

Pubblicata nel 1965 quest’opera delinea fin da subito quelle che saranno le caratteristiche principali dell’autore americano:

una scrittura affascinante anche se non propriamente scorrevole, il racconto di un mondo povero in cui gli uomini vivono di espedienti, personaggi crudi e sostanziali ai quali difficilmente il lettore riesce ad affezionarsi, pochi scrupoli e poche smancerie, ma tuttavia un senso di dignità sempre pr
James Murphy
What you most notice about Cormac McCarthy's writing is how beautifully he writes. Not long ago I read a critical essay singing the values of more declarative sentences and less ornate description to create a simpler, more beautiful prose. McCarthy, though he writes declarative sentences, was one of those singled out as an example of someone who writes poorly. His fictional style, it was said, is too muscular and therefore so extravagantly expressed that it distracts from the story and character ...more
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Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in the Southern Gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres and has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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“They are gone now. Fled, banished in death or exile, lost, undone. Over the land sun and wind still move to burn and sway the trees, the grasses. No avatar, no scion, no vestige of that people remains. On the lips of the strange race that now dwells there their names are myth, legend, dust.” 7 likes
“Toward early morning he woke, sat up quickly and looked about him. It was still dark and the fire had long since died, still dark and quiet with that silence that seems to be of itself listening, an astral quiet where planets collide soundlessly, beyond the auricular dimension altogether. He listened. Above the black ranks of trees the mid-summer sky arched cloudless and coldly starred. He lay back and stared at it and after a while he slept.” 6 likes
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