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Walker Percy


I’ll confess I have never (I am pretty sure) finished a Walker Percy novel.   A magazine editor commissioned me to “do” him once–i.e. write a 3 or 4 thousand word piece on his oeuvre.  I gave it a shot, but Percy wasn’t for me, and the piece never got written.  If Percy is as great a writer as Jonah’s reader claims, it is in some way not accessible to me.  I find myself saying this about a lot of American novelists, I don’t know why.

Now I come to think of it, the editor in question, launching me on my Percy-athon, tried to enthuse me by saying: “He is absolutely the purest fictional exponent of Kierkegaard!”  I should have taken that as a warning.

I tried very hard
To read Soren Kierkegaard
But his “Either/Or”
Just made me snore.


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