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Sintesi dell'editore

When Dr. Tom More (of Love in the Ruins) is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, and where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. Upon arriving, he notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, a lack of complexity in speech - even his own wife’s extraordinary success at bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer.

With the ingenious help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, More begins to uncover a criminal experiment to "improve" people’s behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that even Tom More wouldn’t believe them if he hadn’t witnessed them with his own eyes.

©1987 Walker Percy (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Spins along at a brisk thriller pace, laced with escapes and chase scenes and risky, ingenious detective work." (Gail Godwin, New York Times Book Review)
"What a pleasure it is to read a real novel… The Thanatos Syndrome has the ambition and purposefulness to take on the world, to wrestle with its shortcomings, and to celebrate its glories." ( Washington Post Book World)
"He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist…Percy stages a lively medical mystery…that no serious reader will want to miss." ( USA Today)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Darwin8u
  • 01/11/2016

In the end one must chose--given the chance.

"It is not for me to say whether one should try to be happy -- although it always struck me as an odd pursuit, like trying to be blue-eyed--"
--Walker Percy, The Thanatos Syndrome.

Probably 3.5 stars. Not my favorite Walker Percy, and definitely not the one to start with. It starts with dark humor and absurdism and twists into a creepy weird horror show and slowly wades the reader back out.

I get what Percy was doing here. I really do. I get the metaphor, but ye gads, it wasn't exactly a joyride. There were parts I absolutely adored. So, if you have never read Percy, kick this one down your list. If, however, you have already read The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins, The Second Coming, sure, yeah, knock your self out. Just look out. It is like eating a 7 Pot Primo pepper. Sucker is going to burn, kick, and sting.

Ultimately, Percy gives away his big point with a flashback from the crazy priest sitting in the watchtower. The mad priest and Dr. Tom More discuss modernism, psychology, and the rise of the Nazi bureaucracy in the early 20th century. The point I think Walker is trying to convey in most of his books is the Modern World, with its technologies, drugs, philosophies, etc., has kind of left us unprotected. Some of those things that seem, from a utilitarian view, to improve our lives will probably end up deadening our existence. The one institution that might be able to warn us, protect us, provide some level of comfort and security after we have been stripped bare by Modernism -- the Church -- is starved, weakened and almost unable to give us the basic rituals and nourishment we need to combat the technocrats, bureaucracies, and wicked forces that latch onto Modernism (I don't think Percy is arguing that Modernism itself is evil, simply that it efficiently plows the ground for evil seeds). Anyway, this is Percy's BIG THEME and he just hits it really hard, over and over, in this book.


16 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jesse Gates
  • 28/04/2018

Profound, but not Percy’s best

Percy provokes, pokes fun, and shocks us into understanding the disturbing reality of the world we live in and the ridiculous belief that science has all the answers. The Christian Church will care for the unwanted, there is no need to kill them. But this message no longer signifies in our day and age. I paraphrase: 100% of astronomers believe the world began from nothing, but 97% are atheists. We moderns/postmoderns have been deprived of the faith.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jan
  • 09/05/2015

Somewhat dated plot

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not in this form. The reader has obviously never set foot in Louisiana or he would have been able to pronounce Ponchartrain (as in the lake), Tunica and (for God's sake ) New Orleans. His faux southern accent set my teeth on edge and ruined this Walker Percy novel.

What other book might you compare The Thanatos Syndrome to and why?

This book reminded me of several books I have read which focus on environmental tampering by persons wanting to "better" humanity.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Hilder’s performances?

Never, never, never! Note to Mr. Hilder- only in bad movies or on television do people say
"Nawlins" for New Orleans. People from Louisiana doe not say this-ever!!!!

Was The Thanatos Syndrome worth the listening time?

I love Wlaker Percy but will go back to reading rather than listening to his books. Actually this book would have been very good with a reader like Will Patton or Dick Hill.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ralph
  • 06/06/2019

An odd book

I would recommend this book to someone who likes the deep South at the customs and the way you’re talking and saying things without talking.
It is slow speaking and lots of pauses.
The main character is a psychiatrist and he acts that way throughout the book.
It was interesting when he discovered odd things about his community but how he went about resolving it was not to my liking.
I will try other books by this author.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Mary L.
  • 09/11/2021

Horrible narration

I am from Louisiana. This narrator butchered the lovely slow cadence of Southern speech. The French names, places and things were terribly mispronounced. I listened to the end because the story was somewhat interesting. Would not recommend this version to anyone. Read the book.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • nick
  • 02/11/2021

horrendous narration good story ruined

good premise for a story but the author writes like a 1st year creative writing student..way too much answering of rhetorical questions.. " can I ask you a question??" " yes, ask me a question "
narrator is horrible. no inflection at all. sounds like a computer reading the story.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ed Craig
  • 07/10/2021

Reading better for this one

I stopped listening with 4 hours 55 minutes remaining. Listening is delightful with good narration, but this is like listening to a computer voice; it simply fails to convey emotion.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Daggett
  • 08/04/2021

Unusual But Satisfying

The narrator speaks with a cadence that is unusual to my ear. I do not know if this is a typical speech pattern in the part of Louisiana where the story takes place, or the narrator’s personal interpretation. I eventually became accustomed to it.
The story itself is very good, and I highly recommend it.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JC
  • 06/02/2019

Returned by chapter 11

It's rare that I don't finish a book but I just had to stop with this one. I made it to chapter 11 before I returned it. The story was rambling and the narrator was horrible. It was like listening to someone reading a repair manual. I would not recommend reading this unless you just want something to put you to sleep.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Fr. Eric Sternberg
  • 22/03/2016

Interesting but not my favorite.

While it was a bit wandering and seemed dis-connected from 'Love in Ruins' this was still a most enjoyable book. I would say it wanders like our present age and the author expresses well the manner in which the Church has also been adrift and left so many of Her children in a like state.