The Orchard Keeper, Paperback
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Set in a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, The Orchard Keeper is an early classic from one of America's finest and most celebrated authors.

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.

Cormac McCarthy's debut novel is a magnificent evocation of an American landscape, and of a lost American time. 'The feeling for the land and seasons is so intense as to be part of the story and there are scenes one will never forget ...A complicated and evocative exposition of the transience of life' Harper's 'A true American original' Newsweek




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Having read The Road and Sutree before this, McCarthy's debut novel, I certainly saw motifs and descriptions that re-emerged in those later books. McCarthy is brilliant in rendering landscape, and although I find his characters difficult to grasp it doesn't really matter to me when the writing is this tight and the authors use of a word or phrase transforms the mundane or vicious so superbly. I highly recommend it.

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