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Sintesi dell'editore

The auto age is defunct. Buicks, Chryslers, and Pontiacs disfigure the landscape. Vines sprout in Manhattan. Wolves are seen in downtown Cleveland. And psychiatrist, mental hospital outpatient, and inventor Dr. Tom More has created a miraculous instrument: the ontological lapsometer, a kind of stethoscope of the human spirit. With it, he plans to cure mankind’s spiritual flu. But first, he must survive Moira, Lola, and Ellen - and discover why so many living people are actually dead.

Attempting to save the world from completely destroying itself, Tom ultimately begins to understand the quality and caprices of life and the uncontrollable vagaries of time and chance.

©1971 Walker Percy (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"A comedy of love against a field of anarchy…. Percy is easily one of the finest writers we have." ( New York Times Book Review)
"A great adventure.… So outrageous and so real, one is left speechless." ( Chicago Sun Times)
"Immensely readable, vividly entertaining." ( Los Angeles Times)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Farley
  • 20/02/2015

One of my all-time favorites

I love this book. I listen to it once a year. It puts my soul right again. I highly recommend it

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Adam Shields
  • 13/09/2016

A neurotic psychiatrist faces the end of the world

Walker Percy is one of those 20th century Catholic novelists that intrigue me. Percy, Graham Greene, Flannery O'Connor, Endo and several others were not writing 'Christian fiction'. They were writing literary fiction that was influenced by their faith, usually quite overtly. They became prophets in a way that I am not sure is quite possible today.

Alan Jacobs' long essay at Haper's on the loss of the Christian Public Intellectual is somewhat similar to my thoughts here. It is not that there are not prominent literary figures that are Christians (Marilynne Robinson being the first on everyone's lips.) But I am not sure that there is a similar prophetic voice, and I am not sure that the culture of the 1950-70s that produced these famous Catholic voices wasn't a particular culture that was conversant enough about Christian themes, while not necessarily being Christian. But it is also always problematic comparing historical authors to current because the remembered historical authors are always greater than the whole of current authors that have not been winnowed by time.

Love in the Ruins is about Dr Tom More. Written in 1971, it envisions a near future USA that has devolved into a segmented culture with no real government. Small city states of conservatives (Knotheads) or liberals operate without any opposition. Several groups live outside of society, including the hippy communes and the Black radicals that are opposing a more extreme Jim Crow (near slavery) style oppression.

Tom More is a widower. His wife left him to find herself after their daughter died. And then his wife died with her universalist guru. Tom is now a brilliant alcoholic womanizing doctor. He is a sometimes psych resident of the large teaching hospital. But mostly he is living by himself, minded by his nurse, pursuing local girls and trying to figure out his Ontological Lapseometer. The Lapseometer reads the state of the soul and toward the middle of the book he figures out how to turn the reading device into one that can adjust the mental imbalances of the individual, Angelism/Beastialism ratio among other types of imbalances.

There is a lot of humor here, but also sharp cultural criticism. Tom More, because he is a bit mad himself, is able to see culture from the outside. Love in the Ruins is a bit dated, but it was published 45 years ago. It is quite different from the current raft of dystopian books. New cars are easily available for instance. But old, abandoned cars are everywhere. No one will fix anything, so once it breaks down, it is abandoned. Country clubs are still gated realms of white privilege, but armed gangs might burn your house down and kill you and your family.

Percy can write. And he does a great job exploring ideas about the meaning of life, theology, psychology and the problems of modern life. I really like Tom More. But there were parts of the book that really dragged. There was a lot of language. And while satirical, racism is prevalent. There is more desire for sex than actual sex, but this is not a 'clean' novel (a Kinsey style sex clinic is one of the areas that wants to use his Lapsometer.)

I mostly listened to the audiobook (Grover Gardner from 1994), but I do want to read this again in print eventually.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Darwin8u
  • 31/05/2015

A course thread of God

Every time I read Walker Percy I fall in love. I seduce myself into thinking I'm actually just a bad Catholic and promise myself that next time I get a chance I will lose myself in the desert, the woods, or anywhere I can see the cold stars and the burning sand and live forever somewhere in between.

Reading another Percy novel is like discovering an unopened can of cashews in the cupboard. The amount of joy and delight I get from reading and laughing at Percy's absurd view of religion, life, love, the modern era, etc., is really only approached by a handful of lightly salted cashews and sex. 'Love in the Ruins' is messy and weird and probably could have been edited a bit, but it ALL still works perfectly for me. I laughed through every paragraph and each mark of punctuation. Percy's bad, crazy genius, almost polygamist, Catholic protagonists speak to me in ways that most philosophers (old and new), preachers (godly and godless), and politicians (left or right) fail to. He seems to occupy the ground of the fellow traveler who is just as lost and mistaken as you, but possesses a bit more whit and some extra whiskey.

So where does this novel stack up? It was like a friendly dystopian novel. It was like McCarthy decided to write a comic novel. The vines of his morality slide and creep through every page and his humor dances like a purple martin at dusk. The book might only be objectively a four star novel, but this is my review dammit and I own and carry my biases and I love Walker Percy because he makes me want to both believe AND misbehave.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles
  • 22/02/2015

Brilliant Novel

My first taste of Walker Percy. Why did I not read this years ago? Evelyn Waugh meets sci-fi in a Southern setting.

Grover Gardner has a pleasing deadpan delivery that suits the prose and plot. Some of the accents were not convincing but that did not detract much from the whole.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Natalie Carmen
  • 13/09/2021

Dated

I really wanted to like this, and I’m all for a meandering philosophical treatise about American decay…..but the regressive characterization of everyone other than the protagonist and his peers is grating. It makes sense when I see this book was actually written decades ago, but his portrayal of women and all the racial slurs outweighed the positive aspects for me and I stopped about halfway through..

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Book Lover 59
  • 29/08/2021

A novel that could have been written today

I loved the cynicism and humor of this book. At times I would have sworn it had been written within the last six months. The only drawback for me was the repeated use of the ‘n’ word. It was reflective of the time and place and used to make fun of those who used it but it is still bothersome to hear it today.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/04/2021

What the???

I am not even sure what this book is about. The language and the confusion and the timeline...nothing connected. The narrator sounded robotic And I finally had to stop listening halfway through. This is my first review and needed to share that I was very disappointed

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Aaron AuBuchon
  • 11/07/2020

Remarkable

It's a rare book that can be simultaneously light amd airy and also packed with philosophical observations and questions, and this one does it. This is a book for our times as it poke a wry finger into the eye of our current hyper partisan ugliness and makes it feel like there is much to laugh about there.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/03/2018

Prophetic Novel, Perfect Sobering Voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm amazed Percy wrote this novel in 1971 since it seems to depict our own day so well (at least a grotesque sci-fi version of it). Love Grover Gardner's voice. Perfect for this chilling yet whimsical ethical and religious satire of America. I'm going to listen to more of Gardner's narration--he's done a ton of stuff.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • jeremy
  • 16/11/2016

Excellent insight

This book is entertaining, in that the story kept me enthralled. Insightful in his knowladge of moral theology and Catholic code of canon law. I loved the main character because I feel it resembles many Men who take their faith seriously despite our many shortcomings. Its a good read.

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