Search Results: "Walker Percy"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1987

"Love in the Ruins held together better, but a continuation of that book's specifically moral and at the same time antic lope is no bad thing at all; Percy fans will find it very agreeable, despite the thinness."
Dr. Thomas More, Feliciana Parish psychiatrist, bad Catholic, boozy and allergic, makes a return in Percy's quasi-sequel to Love in the Ruins (1971)—and though the apocalypse seems just as certain now as it did then, things in this near-future seem somewhat calmer than were the earlier book's race wars. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN THE RUINS by Walker Percy
Released: May 17, 1971

"It is to be read — and best read more than once."
A fanciful, suggestible, strafingly comic view of man and all his manifestations at a future point in time when "Death is winning. Read full book review >

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Released: June 16, 1975

"It may be accessible to specialists."
Walker Percy, the novelist, has written a deadly serious work of theoretical linguistics. Read full book review >

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THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
Released: June 15, 1961

"It is an unaccented but tantalizing projection of the suspension of self in a limbo without responsibility- without reality, and there will be those who will find that this kind of 'dark pilgrimage', the indifferent prowling, frittering, shadow walking- 'like Banque's ghost' is curiously fascinating while elusive."
An existentialist novel is keyed at the start by a few lines from Kierkegaard ("..the specific character of despair is precisely this; it is unaware of being despair".) and if it begins at the same point of Kierkegaard's aesthetic mystique (man's pursuit of pleasure), it closes without reaching any finite revelation. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1983

"A curious (in all senses) performance—with echoes of the Message in the Bottle as well as Percy's novels."
A semi-successful jeu d'esprit. Read full book review >

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LANCELOT by Walker Percy
Released: March 1, 1977

"You decide."
As if deeply disappointed that America didn't right itself after seeing its doom in the comic forecasts of Love in the Ruins, Percy/Jeremiah returns with less funnystuff, fewer pages, zero fantasy, and much more resolve—none of which keeps Lancelot from being precious goods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1966

"Attention seems assured if agreement over some of the implications less likely."
Walker Percy's The Moviegoer was the rather unexpected National Book Award winner in 1961. Read full book review >

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Released: July 7, 1980

"But this is Percy, our cool Dostoevsky, totally at his leisure (as he wasn't in Lancelot), more personal than ever before (the father-son flashbacks are fine)—and, page for page, there's more acute fiction and better prose here than you're likely to find anywhere else in American writing today."
Percy's fifth novel is tightly bound to the theme of his other four: Why is a person nowadays "two percent of himself"? Read full book review >

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SIGNPOSTS IN A STRANGE LAND by Walker Percy
Released: July 17, 1991

"A good book to travel with."
A pungent, revealing collection of lectures, essays, and interviews—some previously published in Harper's, The Georgia Review, etc.—by the late novelist (d. 1990). Read full book review >

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CLIMBING THE COLISEUM by Bill Percy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2014

"A light, breezy thriller, but its tale of a troubled man acting as a father to an equally troubled girl has exceptional dramatic impact."
A disenchanted, depressed psychologist finds himself caring for a rebellious teenage girl and helping police investigate a racist group in Percy's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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THRILL ME by Benjamin Percy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Would-be writers will find Percy's passionate, pragmatic cheerleading inspiring and energizing."
An accomplished writer comes to the defense of genre. Read full book review >

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THE COCK, THE MOUSE, AND THE LITTLE RED HEN by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"It certainly undermines the story's original didactic intent. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-7)"
An unattributed expansion of the familiar nursery tale about a cock and mouse who mend their unhelpful ways after their housemate cleverly contrives their escape from a fox. Read full book review >