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The Second Coming

By Walker Percy
The Second Coming by Walker Percy digital book - Fable

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A successful man’s midlife crisis may just provide a twisted path to happiness in this New York Times–bestselling novel by the author of The Last Gentleman. Now in his late forties, Will Barrett lives a life other men only dream of. Wealthy from a successful career on Wall Street and from the inheritance of his deceased wife’s estate, Will is universally admired at the club where he spends his days golfing in the North Carolina sun. But everything begins to unravel when, without warning, Will’s golf shots begin landing in the rough, and he is struck with bouts of losing his balance and falling over. Just when Will appears doomed to share the fate of his father—whose suicide has haunted him his whole life—a mental hospital escapee named Allison might prove to be the only one who can save him. Original and profound, The Second Coming is a moving love story of two damaged souls who find peace with each other.

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“Oh wow....this was recommended to me by a family member, and I might have to avoid my family now. This was a hard read for me. I had to skim a LOT of the Will parts. I found him unbearable. Partly, he reminded me of a Faulkner novel (which comes off as WAY too racist and dated for something written and based in 1980), specifically Quentin's pedantic voice in Sound and the Fury. Partly, he also embodied this stage of post-modernist literature when white men were writing about WASP men going through mid-life crises and having young women throw themselves at him. The way Will's mental decent and Allie's mental rebuilding met each other was well done, but their father-daughter romance (something referenced to often) was disturbing at best. This is due, in part, to how poorly Percy wrote women in this book. He seems to rely on Allie's mental health issues as an excuse for not actually giving her a distinct character while Will, going through similar mental confusion, remains a clear, three-dimensional character.”

About Walker Percy

Walker Percy (1916–1990) was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a U.S. senator. Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titles—including the classic novel The Moviegoer (1961), winner of the National Book Award—and fifteen works of nonfiction. In 2005, Time magazinenamed The Moviegoer one of the best English-language books published since 1923.

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