Suttree is a compelling, semi-autobiographical novel by Cormac McCarthy, which 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.
Set in Knoxville, Tenn., in the 1950s, this novel tells the story of a man who has repudiated his well-to-do parents, deserted his wife and is now a river fisherman who consorts with robbers, ragmen and other outcasts. "McCarthy captures these people's lives and speech with a tough, lyric grace,'' PW commented.
Gripping & starkly beautiful
A brilliant piece of literature - adding more words won't define it any better \o/
I have read this book several times over the years. It's a novel so well written that I fear one day as an old man getting a bit confused, I may start recounting Suttrees adventures as my own.... I only hope I do the author justice.
Read this book!