Tag Archives: Walker Percy

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the apocalypse

For some reason this post from 2013 about Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins is getting lots of traffic. That is fitting: it is an apocalyptic novel and we are coming off an apocalyptic year. Now is a great time to read this book. Apocalypses are written by prophets, and much of it has come to pass. […]

The Second Coming

I’m reposting an old review of Walker Percy’s The Second Coming. Last week I was chatting with some friends about how feelings of melancholy (or depression) seem to make the past come so vividly alive and relevant: regrets and nostalgias become so strong that one almost enjoys the pain. Which reminded me of the opening scene in this brilliant little novel: a wealthy, healthy, middle-aged […]

From the archives: Love in the Ruins

    For some reason this old post about an obscure book by an obscure author has been getting allot of views from search engines lately. Could it be that I am not the last Walker Percy fan left on earth? Is there renewed interest in Southern-Gothic and Bad Catholics? Or could it be the fact […]

Book Review: The Second Coming

In The Second Coming (1980) Walker Percy revisits Will Barrett, the main character from his 1966 novel The Last Gentleman. Will, now forty-five, hasn’t changed much over the years: still absentminded, lonely, earnest and shy, trying to do his best and generally missing the point. Having been left a fortune by his late wife (as well as having […]

Book Review: Walker Percy’s Love In the Ruins

Love in the Ruins, an apocalyptic comedy, was published in 1971 and takes place in what then would have been the “near future” of the early 1990’s. The place is Louisiana. The good old USA finds itself in a state of decline as liberals fight it out with conservatives, black guerrillas fight against whites, hippies living […]