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
Branch Call Number: MCCA
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 25, 2021

Not as good as Suttree or Blood Meridian, but since it’s McCarthy, still an astounding achievement... much better than The Road, which is a bad novel, and as as good as All the Pretty Horses, Child of god, and Outer Dark, but inferior to Suttree and Blood Meridian...and of course far better than The Crossing and the other Border Trilogy novel, which are both bad. Cormac is still my favorite writer.

Oct 12, 2020

As someone who grew up in Mr. McCarthy's neighborhood, the descriptions he provides of the mountain, the environment, the inhabitants, and the language all ring true and brought back good memories. I agree that this novel does not represent his best effort but it does have flashes of things to come for Mr. McCarthy.

May 10, 2019

good book, not one to start with if you have never read his work before. all in all however a good book.

Apr 18, 2018

The author's first novel has all the trappings of his later works but not the coherence. The prose is a little too florid and the narrative is too jumpy. Definitely need to pay attention while you are reading. Worth it if you like the author. If you haven't read one of his other books start with The Road or Blood Meridian.

Apr 07, 2018

A real tough slog. Enjoyed "the Road", in the "Orchard Keeper" McCarthy seems to be trying too hard. Inanimate objects like windows and cars are given far too much attention stretching metaphors to the breaking point. Ex. " taverns were closed , their glass fronts dimmed and muted in sabbatical quietude". This sort of thing is pervasive and diverts from narrative and character development and the book suffers accordingly.

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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