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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312243111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312243111
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great adventure...So outrageous and so real, one is left speechless."--Chicago Sun Times
"Immensely readable, vividly entertaining."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Brilliant and hilarious . . . some of the most fascinating characters you'll ever encounter."--"Dallas Morning News"
"One of the major novels of our time."--"Milwaukee Journal"


A great adventure...So outrageous and so real, one is left speechless. "Chicago Sun Times"

Immensely readable, vividly entertaining. "Los Angeles Times"

Brilliant and hilarious . . . some of the most fascinating characters you'll ever encounter. "Dallas Morning News"

One of the major novels of our time. "Milwaukee Journal""

About the Author

Walker Percy is the author of over ten books, many of which were bestsellers, and he is regarded as one of the greatest American novelists of our time.


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Overblown dystopia, with unconvincing science, no narrative thrust, implausible characters, and self-indulgent Roman Catholic angst.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Walker Percy. 25 Sept. 2016
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The dystopian future setting in a southern state allows Percy to use satire to pull apart all conventional religion, prejudice and government. He takes aim at the golfing set and country club. Science and medicine are also included. Really a charming protagonist, a doctor, who loves alcohol and women and has many friends in his small community. He knows something terrible is going to happen and prepares to survive it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good! 11 Mar. 2013
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I would give it five stars, but it's a little depressing for me. I enjoyed the challenge of the seriously unreliable narrator, though. I haven't had a book this challenging and engaging in a long time, so it was pretty fun. It was difficult enough that I kept taking breaks and reading something much lighter and fluffier, then coming back to it. These days, I have a pretty short attention span, so usually if I walk away from a book and pick up another one, I don't come back. This one was worth the effort!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Comic Masterpiece 22 April 2012
By James G. Bruen Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've long thought that Lancelot: A Novel is Walker Percy's masterpiece but somehow I had overlooked his Love in the Ruins, which is a brilliantly comic pungent reflection on man, the purpose of life, family, and society.

Dr. Thomas More, a lapsed Catholic who loves women, music and science, liquor, God fourth, and his fellow man hardly at all, invents a lapsometer to measure the depths of men's souls and tries to heals a fractured and ailing mankind of its woes while himself in psychological and moral disarray. The admonition physician heal thyself is answered by the subtly presented insight that some healings require a power beyond that of men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging 20 July 2016
By Mark E. Checchia - Published on Amazon.com
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Wide ranging, confusing, original. A little like life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good kinda syfy. 7 Jan. 2013
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Haven't quite finished yet, but the writing is excellent and the insights into human nature profound. Not sure yet exacly what's happening, but it's the sort of book that is personally rewarding to read... and not as pessimistic as Cormac McCarthy. in his own way Percy is as good a writer, though, especially on apocalyptic/eschatological themes. I hope I never develop "morning terrors" or "large bowel complaints" though. I'd hate to end up with a semicolon.
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