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The Moviegoer
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 191

The Moviegoer

In this National Book Award­–winning novel, a young man, torn between the forces of tradition and change, searches for meaning in postwar America. On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Binx Bolling is a lost soul. A stockbroker and member of an established New Orleans family, Binx’s one escape is the movie theater that transports him from the falseness of his life. With Mardi Gras in full swing, Binx, along with his cousin Kate, sets out to find his true purpose amid the excesses of the carnival that surrounds him. Buoyant yet powerful, The Moviegoer is a poignant indictment of modern values, and an unforgettable story of a week that will change two lives forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Walker Percy including rare photos from the author’s estate.

Lost in the Cosmos
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 262

Lost in the Cosmos

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000-04-01
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  • Publisher: Macmillan

Explores human nature and presents insights on the self and its fears, sexuality, boredom, depression, and other aspects.

Walker Percy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 346

Walker Percy

In Walker Percy: Books of Revelations, Gary M. Ciuba examines how Percy's apocalyptic vision inspires the structure, themes, and strategies of his fiction. This book explores the unity of the southern novelist's fiction by focusing on its religious and artistic design—one of the first studies to approach Percy's work from this perspective. Ciuba considers Percy's six published novels—The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, Love in the Ruins, Lancelot, The Second Coming, and The Thanatos Syndrome—and also offers the first extended critical analysis of his unpublished work “The Gramercy Winner.” Although the novels are often seen as increasingly satiric jeremiads about the possible doom of America, Ciuba argues that Percy's fiction is principally shaped by a demythologized and partially realized form of eschatology. This apocalyptic vision has less to do with the end of the external world than with the demise of the protagonists' internal worldviews. According to Ciuba, Percy does more than offer direly comic warnings about the end of the world; he shows how the world actually ends and then may begin again in the everyday lives and extraordinary loves of his astonished seers.

More Conversations with Walker Percy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

More Conversations with Walker Percy

This collection of interviews supplements Conversations with Walker Percy and occasions an additional two dozen pleasurable encounters with Percy. Primarily from the last ten years of Percy's life, they show how his presence was stimulating thought in much of humanistic America, in literature, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, and in cultural life in general. Although this acclaimed author of The Moviegoer, Lancelot, and Love in the Ruins never overcame his shyness with interviewers, he continued to grant interviews as long as his health permitted. This act of openness illustrates his humility before his ideas and his desire to help others understand them. Although the questions he wa...

Signposts in a Strange Land
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 428

Signposts in a Strange Land

A captivating collection of writings on Southern life by one of the masters of American literaturePublished just after Walker Percy’s death, Signposts in a Strange Land takes readers through the philosophical, religious, and literary ideas of one of the South’s most profound and unique thinkers. Each essay is laced with wit and insight into the human condition. From race relations and the mysteries of existence, to Catholicism and the joys of drinking bourbon, this collection offers a window into the underpinnings of Percy’s celebrated novels and brings to light the stirring thoughts and voice of a giant of twentieth century literature.

Pilgrim in the Ruins
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 544

Pilgrim in the Ruins

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1992
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Traces Percy's literary career back to his childhood days spent carousing with Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty on his uncle's plantation

Love in the Ruins
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 403

Love in the Ruins

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999-09-04
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  • Publisher: Macmillan

Amid the decadence and polarization of a future American society, a U.S. doctor discovers a promising cure for all the ills of the human psyche

Walker Percy, the Last Catholic Novelist
  • Language: en

Walker Percy, the Last Catholic Novelist

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: Unknown
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  • Publisher: LSU Press

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Love in the Ruins
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 379

Love in the Ruins

A “brilliant and hilarious” novel of the end times in America and one psychiatrist’s quest to save mankind, from a New York Times–bestselling author (Dallas Morning News). The United States seems to be on the brink of catastrophe. From the abandoned cars littering the highways (no one remembers how to fix them) to the endless hours spent on the golf course (now open twenty-four hours for those who can’t bother to wait until daylight to putt) to the starkly polarized political and religious factions dividing the country (which are increasingly difficult to tell apart), it is startlingly evident that the great experiment of the American Dream has failed. The only problem is that no o...

Walker Percy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 141

Walker Percy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1983
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  • Publisher: Twayne Pub

Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Walker Percy.