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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 112 – Walker Percy’s Angelic-Bestial Future


Aug 11, 2021

“Now in these dread latter days of the previous violent beloved
U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing
Western world I got here to myself in a grove of younger pines and the
query got here to me: has it occurred eventually?”

So wonders Dr. Tom Extra, a descendant of the nice English
martyr, within the first sentence of Walker Percy’s third novel,
Love within the Ruins: The Adventures of a Unhealthy Catholic at Time
close to the Finish of the World

Written in 1971, this prophetic work presents a world
startlingly like our personal. Right this moment’s visitor, literary scholar Jessica
Hooten Wilson, joins the present to present a common introduction to
Percy and talk about facets of what’s for a lot of his most beloved
novel, Love within the Ruins, which she describes as a
“panoramic satire” indicating that modernity’s “misplaced sense of self
makes it inconceivable to stay the nice life”.

Matters embrace:

  • How Percy’s Southernity knowledgeable his fiction
  • His eager and ruthless statement of race relations
  • His recurring commentary on the fashionable disjunction between thoughts
    and physique, what protagonist Tom Extra calls oscillation between the
    angelic and the bestial
  • His use of apocalyptic themes
  • His remedy of affection between women and men
  • The lasting significance of his work


Walker Percy, Love within the Ruins

Jessica Hooten Wilson

JHW, Studying Walker Percy’s Novels

JHW, Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Seek for

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