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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:26 am 
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Are his other books very different from Love in the Ruins? If not, I don't think I'll bother with them... :?

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 Post subject: Re: Walker Percy
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:45 am 
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Have you all, very wisely, stayed clear of it?

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 Post subject: Re: Walker Percy
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Lost in the Cosmos is a very different kind of book. But I tried to read one of his novels once (not that one) and didn't get very far.

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 Post subject: Re: Walker Percy
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The only Walker Percy I've ever read is 'The Moviegoer' a story which is really an extended character study in which not much happens, the title character is a self-described atheist who is obsessed with movies and is emotionally distant and detached from everyone around him, including his girlfriend, whom he drives to a suicide attempt, but is rather blase and unconcerned about it all. I'm no dummy, I don't think, but I really didn't understand the point of the story. I'm sure I could find an analysis somewhere that would explain it all, but since if I have to read someone's analysis to understand the point of a story, then that story doesn't seem to be very good at making the point of its own. I'm not prepared to say that he wasn't a good writer after all 'The Moviegoer' won the National Book Award and was listed in Time Magazine's '100 Best Novels Since 1923' so SOMEONE out there must think it is a good book, but he certainly was not the kind of writer who could write things that appeal to me. I don't know if I'm ever going to try to read another Walker Percy book.

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 Post subject: Re: Walker Percy
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The only Walker Percy I've ever read is 'The Moviegoer' a story which is really an extended character study in which not much happens, the title character is a self-described atheist who is obsessed with movies and is emotionally distant and detached from everyone around him, including his girlfriend, whom he drives to a suicide attempt, but is rather blase and unconcerned about it all. I'm no dummy, I don't think, but I really didn't understand the point of the story. I'm sure I could find an analysis somewhere that would explain it all, but since if I have to read someone's analysis to understand the point of a story, then that story doesn't seem to be very good at making the point of its own. I'm not prepared to say that he wasn't a good writer after all 'The Moviegoer' won the National Book Award and was listed in Time Magazine's '100 Best Novels Since 1923' so SOMEONE out there must think it is a good book, but he certainly was not the kind of writer who could write things that appeal to me. I don't know if I'm ever going to try to read another Walker Percy book.


If you do, don't go for Love in the Ruins! I highly recommend staying away from it!

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 Post subject: Re: Walker Percy
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I read a bulk of Love in Ruins and was just confused.
I read The Last Gentleman and enjoyed the end quite a bit.
The Moviegoer was good too.... but for both The Last Gentleman and The Moviegoer I needed to read alittle background.

Oh, I read Lancelot too. Again, I enjoyed it.... pretty dismal for the majority of the book. But it ends on a hopeful note.

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