The Orchard Keeper
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The Orchard Keeper

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by 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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679728726
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
138,799
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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Ralph Ellison
McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly-envied.
— (Ralph Ellison)

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