Is Lancelot Andrewes Lamar the next Don Quixote? The disenchanted lawyer tells his dark story of violence from the "nuthouse"--a story of his obsession to reverse the degeneration of modern America and begin a new age of chivalry and romance.Is Lancelot Andrewes Lamar the next Don Quixote? The disenchanted lawyer tells his dark story of violence from the "nuthouse"--a story of his obsession to reverse the degeneration of modern America and begin a new age of chivalry and romance.Read Less
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Like the themes of many of Percy's novels, this is the tale of a man against an insumountable evil or suffering in his life, a situation of injustice and betrayal which the main charachter finds himself in against his will. In this case, the reaction of the Author/Protagonist is to inflict an act of searing violence against his wife, for reasons which I will leave to the readers' discovery. Although the book is intense and dark, it also is one of Percy's most readable and approchable novels. It communicates with a clear voice, and is rich in questions and allusions to the Lancelot myth and comments on our present mixed-up world.
One you begin reading Percy, you will want to read them all. He is an author with a genuinely great message to society today, but is quite saved from being a preachy windbag by the grace of his multi-faceted humor. Much of the humor is created by the hilarious juxtoposition of opposing ideas and ideaologies in out fractured society.
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