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The Orchard Keeper
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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An American classic, The Orchard Keeper is the first novel by one of America's finest, most celebrated novelists. 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. 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. All three are heroes of an intense and compelling celebration of values lost to time and industrialization. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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TH3F4LC0N
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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Mehso-so

In preparation for the upcoming release of The Passenger, I‘m tryna knock out the last few McCarthy books I haven‘t read. Went back to his debut with The Orchard Keeper and was rather underwhelmed. It was a pretty forgettable Faulkner clone with some ridiculously overwrought passages and very thin characters and a seeming lack of any message or point. A far cry from Blood Meridian. 😒 For my full thoughts, see here:

https://youtu.be/xEGRKBgcqrw

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Creadnorthey
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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Pickpick

Both cryptic and poetic, I am baffled and amazed at how thoroughly steeped in the landscape I became, while not certain I got it all. McCarthy tells a story where all the bits might fit together, but he‘s not too concerned how much is made of it, because his writing is sure that a story is there.

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nosferatu
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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Mehso-so

This was not the right book for my current state of mind. While I generally love McCarthy‘s trademark vagueness in style and content, this was too much even for me. In fact, I barely knew what was going on at most points in the story, let alone which character the focus was on. (And yet, as always, I enjoyed McCarthy‘s evocative descriptions and odd similes.)

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BlueMonday42
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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Pickpick

Not my favorite of McCarthy‘s work by any stretch, but as his first novel and the beginning of his Appalachian Trilogy (the other two being Outer Dark and Child of God), it‘s a good read and, as always, vintage McCarthy.

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Jerdencon
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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My plans for "feet up Friday" as my son has coined it.... Feet up, starting a new book, and having a 9% alcohol content Fishers Island Lemonade (best thing ever! ?). The rest of the weekend is super busy (what else is new) so taking advantage of reading time tonight!

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howjessicareads
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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His & hers reading lunches. 😍📚

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djm001
The Orchard Keeper | Cormac McCarthy
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I haven't posted in a bit. Here's what I'm currently reading. It's his first novel. Anyone read it, and if so, how did you like it?

Shemac77 Haven't read it but let me know what you think! 7y
MAESTROvonBOOKSTEIN Very interested to read your take on this. 7y
MAESTROvonBOOKSTEIN I'm a big McCarthy fan but haven't read much lately. Will add this to my stack if you deem it worthy. 7y
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