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Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
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May 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-century, american, literature
Read from April 19 to May 28, 2011

Cue the visuals from Fellini's Satyricon, the gravid obscenity of William Burroughs after the abortion has been performed and filter it through the dissociative lense of cold human-heartedness (ala The Cohen Brothers in True Grit), and you have Suttree.

With only serendipity to blame, this is the second book in a row that I've read that's been centered on Knoxville, Tennessee. A Death in the Family was conventionally suburban; Suttree is exurban - he lives on the outermost fringes of society and ..

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04/19/2011 page 234
50.0% "This book is deep into McCarthy's ouvre and it moves rather slowly. It's expansive (in the same way that the open plains of the West are in his western books) but isn't as motivated. Suttree himself isn't as isolated as his surroundings would suggest (against his will, I think). There are elements of a contemporary Huck Finn here, with a bleaker outlook, a resigned fatalism and a lack of humor."

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