Lancelot Lamar, a disenchanted liberal lawyer, finds himself confined in a mental asylum with memories that don’t seem worth remembering - until a visit from an old friend and classmate gives him the opportunity to recount his journey of dark violence.
It began the day he accidentally discovered he was not the father of his youngest daughter. That discovery touched off his obsession to reverse the degeneration of modern America and begin a new age of chivalry and romance. With ever increasing fury, Lancelot would become a shining knight, not of romance - but of revenge.
©1977 Walker Percy (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A modern knight-errant on a quest after evil…Convincing and chilling.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“A funny and scarifying jeremiad on the modern age. Lancelot is easy to read and hard to forget.” (Time)
“A fine novel…Percy is a seductive writer attentive to sensuous detail and such a skillful architect of fiction that the very discursiveness of his story informs it with energy and tension.” (Newsweek)
I've been in love with Walker Percy's "Lancelot" since reading it in college more than 30 years ago. It's a great story and in many ways changed my life. This audiobook reading was a disappointment. The narrator works hard at capturing Lancelot's Louisiana-Southern accent but misses the nuances of his very Southern sardonic humor and brings no gravity to his philosophical musings, which are the foundation for the startling ending. What we get is truly a babbling tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. I still hope that some day a great reader will come along to give this book the treatment it deserves.
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