Il guardiano del frutteto
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
- Un buen ejemplo de por qué hay que otorgarles a los escritores el beneficio de la duda.
Coetzee y McCarthy: Aproximaciones a lo inhóspito.
Los beneficios de mi proyecto literario cada vez se hacen sentir más de diferentes maneras. Inicialmente solo pensé en lo evidente: leo grandes autores contemporáneos y clásicos con los que estoy seguro de disfrutar y, en la mayoría de los casos, observo los temas que tratan, veo su evolución en temas y estilo, estudio el contexto, etc…
Según voy avanzando en lecturas, sin embargo, está aumentan ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
His earlier Blood M ...more