The Orchard Keeper

The Orchard Keeper

Book - 1993
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Tells the story of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy living in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed John's father.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679728726
Branch Call Number: MCCARTHY C
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 21 cm


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kdwaynec Mar 02, 2016

I had to read it once, get some commentary from various sources, and read it again twice to fully understand this book. It is usually hit or miss for me with this author, and this was a near miss.

Mar 04, 2015

The narrative is sometimes hard to follow: it forces one to read closely. The McCarthy hallmarks are all here though: unusual and archaic and subject specific words (and paratactic constructions), strikingly grim phrases, sometimes extending to whole paragraphs (eg. page 12, first paragraph).

Apr 14, 2011

Truly a chore to read, not his best work to say the least.


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