The Orchard Keeper

The Orchard Keeper

Book - 1993
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An American classic, The Orchard Keeper is the first novel by one of America's finest, most celebrated novelists.nbsp;nbsp;Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father.nbsp;nbsp;Together with Rattner's Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a drama that seems born of the land itself.nbsp;nbsp;All three are heroes of an intense and compelling celebration of values lost to time and industrialization.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780679728726
0679728724
Branch Call Number: MCCA
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.

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1aa
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).

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Darryl
Apr 14, 2011

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

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