This Sunday, May 28, marks the 101st birthday of novelist Walker Percy. In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
5. [easyazon_link identifier=”0312243243″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Second Coming: A Novel[/easyazon_link]
In this sequel to The Last Gentleman, Will Barrett is a lonely widower suffering from a depression so severe that he decides he doesn’t want to continue living. But then he meets Allison, a mental hospital escapee making a new life for herself in a greenhouse. The Second Coming is by turns touching and zany, tragic and comic, as Will sets out in search of God’s existence and winds up finding much more.
Image Credit: From the cover to the excellent book [easyazon_link identifier=”0878052526″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Conversations with Walker Percy[/easyazon_link]… (Buy it now!)
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