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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.

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This first novel by McCarthy (whose All the Pretty Horses won the National Book Award) is set in a remote Tennessee community between the world wars.
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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.

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Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island in1933 and spent most of his childhood near Knoxville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later studied at the University of Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he lives today.  McCarthy''s fiction parallels his movement from the Southeast to the West--the first four novels being set in Tennessee, the last three in the Southwest and Mexico. The Orchard Keeper (1965) won the Faulkner Award for a first novel; it was followed by Outer Dark (1968),   Child of God (1973), Suttree (1979), Blood Meridian (1985), All the Pretty Horses, which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for fiction in 1992, and The Crossing.

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Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
I am a fan of Cormac McCarthy and have read four of his other books, all of which I enjoyed more than this one. In truth, The Orchard Keeper was difficult for me to follow and I caught myself flipping back constantly to see if there was something I missed - some clue or... See more
I am a fan of Cormac McCarthy and have read four of his other books, all of which I enjoyed more than this one. In truth, The Orchard Keeper was difficult for me to follow and I caught myself flipping back constantly to see if there was something I missed - some clue or indication of where I was at or where the story was going. It was just to much of a chore to read four or five pages into a chapter before I even knew which characters I was reading about or where in the story this particular chapter fit. My general feeling is that if you are a fan of the author, it''s worth the effort. But as a casual read or someone unfamiliar with his work, you might want to save this one for later.
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JM Harvey
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McCarthy''s first book would be any wirter''s masterpiece, but it''s just the beginning of a string of them for him
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2017
McCarthy''s lyrical prose and his ability to capture the essence of existence without turning preachy or maudlin or melodramatic is awe inspiring. While this is not my favorite of his books, it is one of my favorite books. A coming of age story, a story of rebellion, and a... See more
McCarthy''s lyrical prose and his ability to capture the essence of existence without turning preachy or maudlin or melodramatic is awe inspiring. While this is not my favorite of his books, it is one of my favorite books. A coming of age story, a story of rebellion, and a story of madness. Trying to put your finger on the thread of the plot and say it''s an xxx story just isn''t possible for me with McCarthy. These are human stories about characters sewn from whole cloth, all of them on trajectories of varying levels of loss, love, rage, all of the things that make us human. McCarthy creates beautifully turned phrases and characters that you loathe or love, there is no middle ground. He makes no attempt to pretty up the ugly or demean the pretty. If you haven''t read McCarthy you should. You won''t have a ho-hum reaction to any of his novels.
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goodtimes4120
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Not what I expected of Cormac McCarthy
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2017
Had this been the my first McCarthy novel, it would''ve been my last... I''m glad it wasn''t my first McCarthy book; otherwise I would have missed out on his engrossing Border Trilogy and The Road, which were worth every minute. I skimmed the last 30 pages, I could bear it... See more
Had this been the my first McCarthy novel, it would''ve been my last... I''m glad it wasn''t my first McCarthy book; otherwise I would have missed out on his engrossing Border Trilogy and The Road, which were worth every minute. I skimmed the last 30 pages, I could bear it anymore... Wordy, slow, boring. That is complimentary. It was as if the book was written to impress a stuffy English professor (All other readers be damned!!). It was a bunch of long boring sentences with little if any story. Read McCarthy (by all means read McCarthy!!!), but don''t read this one.
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Skyler Sheppard
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Better than people saying.
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
I''ve read all of his other works, and obviously this doesn''t compare to some of his later stuff, but I feel like people are being way to hard on this book by the reviews posted here. I will agree with everyone that mentions the story jumping around a little to much. I too... See more
I''ve read all of his other works, and obviously this doesn''t compare to some of his later stuff, but I feel like people are being way to hard on this book by the reviews posted here. I will agree with everyone that mentions the story jumping around a little to much. I too also found myself having to re read afew sections to gather what, and who I was actually reading about. But the dialog on this book is gold, and is a lot more real to me than even some in his later works. Anyone that grew up in small mountain towns will be able to relate to alot of the descriptions here. Is it Blood Meridian level...no. But its really hard to compare McCarthy books against eachother. I would certainly say it''s better than Child of God. At times I enjoyed it more than Outer Dark. I would suggest this be a later pick for someone unfamiliar with McCarthy. Do the hits first, and then come back and see where it all began. You can see the blueprint for an amazing style. Other authors could only dream of this being their first book.
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Heavy Faulkner influence in McCarthy''s early work
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2014
As much as I appreciate Cormac McCarthy''s overall body of work, it needs to be said that all authors start somewhere, and it''s usually not at the top. Such is the case, here. The Orchard Keeper is McCarthy''s first novel, and it kind of shows. McCarthy is heavily... See more
As much as I appreciate Cormac McCarthy''s overall body of work, it needs to be said that all authors start somewhere, and it''s usually not at the top. Such is the case, here. The Orchard Keeper is McCarthy''s first novel, and it kind of shows. McCarthy is heavily influenced by William Faulkner, which can be a double-edged sword. The elements are there -- sudden acts of violence, whether inflicted by man or nature; moral breakdown; isolated characters-- and Faulkner-like themes abound. Set during the Great Depression, there are just a few characters, led by young John Rattner, a boy in the Tennessee hills who encounters a bootlegger and petty criminal, Marion Sylder. What he doesn''t know is that Sylder has killed John''s father. But this does not descend into a run-of-the-mill revenge tale, which is a good thing. Still I didn''t feel satisfied, though, and I''ll leave it at that.

As for the Faulkner influence, it is clear McCarthy idolized him, especially stylistically. For example, there are numerous passages where you read about what "the man" is doing, or about to do, and it''s five pages before you even know which "man" he''s referring to! It is one thing to pay homage to your heroes, and another thing to imitate them. As I read this, I felt like I was reading one of Faulkner''s unpublished early works. And I wasn''t particularly fond of the "classics" I read in college. Not that I don''t appreciate Faulkner, I''m just not his biggest fan. What is interesting, however, is that if you are a McCarthy fan The Orchard Keeper will give you a sense of where he came from, in case you''d like to chart his growth toward being the great writer he is today. But if I wanted to introduce someone to McCarthy, I''d start with something a little more accessible.
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Bennett McNeal
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A lot of words for such a small story
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
Being of an ethnic minority with a distinct cultural heritage, I find it pretentious for Mr. McCarthy to go through the trouble of getting dialect and lifestyle right, only to then color the story with so many useless images and haughty language that bury the story in... See more
Being of an ethnic minority with a distinct cultural heritage, I find it pretentious for Mr. McCarthy to go through the trouble of getting dialect and lifestyle right, only to then color the story with so many useless images and haughty language that bury the story in verbose wastes of time and pages.
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Brad Meder
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Great Writing, but didn''t pull me into the story enough
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016
This book was tough, not going to lie, it dragged on for me and I didn''t enjoy it much at all. It jumps around and became confusing at certain points, maybe it was because I wasn''t entirely engrossed in the book but it wasn''t for me. I love McCarthy''s writing but the... See more
This book was tough, not going to lie, it dragged on for me and I didn''t enjoy it much at all. It jumps around and became confusing at certain points, maybe it was because I wasn''t entirely engrossed in the book but it wasn''t for me. I love McCarthy''s writing but the story didn''t pull me in, so, I suggest to anyone to utilize a library but regardless I didn''t like it maybe you will.

Its still the same McCarthy with detailed descriptions and excellent literature writing, the story imo was just ehh..
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Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2008
This is certainly one of our great American novels, and it might be the best "first" novel written in our country in the past 100 years. In many respects the America McCarthy reveals in The Orchard Keeper is one our politicians and rich folks like to pretend never existed,... See more
This is certainly one of our great American novels, and it might be the best "first" novel written in our country in the past 100 years. In many respects the America McCarthy reveals in The Orchard Keeper is one our politicians and rich folks like to pretend never existed, that back-woods land of poor country people living hard-scrabble lives in the hills that many of our folks grew up in at the end of The Great Depression. Forget Faulkner, for God''s sake. Cormac writes beautiful prose that actually makes sense, and his novels are peopled with characters who are as real as anyone you''ll meet in your travels today. This is the real deal. And you''ll always find something new and refreshing in this wonderful book, each time you go back to read it again.
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colin wilson
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A bit of a struggle
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2020
I''ve read most of McCarthy''s novels now and I didn''t really enjoy this one too much. Great prose as usual but there was a lack of a consistent storyline and I was never gripped by it as I was was by the Border Trilogy and No Country For Old Men. I found it a bit confusing...See more
I''ve read most of McCarthy''s novels now and I didn''t really enjoy this one too much. Great prose as usual but there was a lack of a consistent storyline and I was never gripped by it as I was was by the Border Trilogy and No Country For Old Men. I found it a bit confusing with the lack of a consistent thread and it didn''t really flow very well for me. The prose was exceptionally descriptive and I can understand why many readers have given it 5 stars but personally I prefer a stronger story line.
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JaketheDax
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Disappointing read especially as I''ve enjoyed everything else by McCarthy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2018
Disappointing read especially as I''ve enjoyed everything else by McCarthy. Difficult to grasp what''s going on, no central character, no feel of purpose. The prose is still wonderful but not enough to lift a rudderless novel.
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W. Osborne
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Not as good as his other novels
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2012
I have now read all of Cormac Mccarthy''s novels coming to this one last. I enjoyed every single one of his books for the reasons that other reviewers give but found this less enjoyable to read. It darts about in time and place in a disjointed way so that the reader never...See more
I have now read all of Cormac Mccarthy''s novels coming to this one last. I enjoyed every single one of his books for the reasons that other reviewers give but found this less enjoyable to read. It darts about in time and place in a disjointed way so that the reader never knows quite where you are with the story and which character is featuring in the short sections that he uses. Since this was his first novel, maybe he was trying to impress with literary techniques? I would recommend any other of his books but those new to his writing should maybe start with one of the others.
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John Scott Hardie
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The Orchard Keeper
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2016
I am currently trying to read all of Cormac McCarthy''s books. This was the hardest read so far. Set in Tennessee, post Prohibition 20th Century. Some beautiful passages but often uses overly complex or archaic word choices making it a slow read until you are used to the...See more
I am currently trying to read all of Cormac McCarthy''s books. This was the hardest read so far. Set in Tennessee, post Prohibition 20th Century. Some beautiful passages but often uses overly complex or archaic word choices making it a slow read until you are used to the style. Not as good as The Road or Blood Meridian.
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N C Hunt
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Classic McCarthy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2020
I love Cormac McCarthy''s books. I have nearly read them all, and I do not fully understand any of them so I am looking forward to the second reading!
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