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Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World | [Walker Percy]

Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World

The auto age is defunct. Buicks, Chryslers, and Pontiacs disfigure the landscape. Vines sprout in Manhattan. Wolves are seen in downtown Cleveland. And psychiatrist, mental hospital outpatient, and inventor Dr. Tom More has created a miraculous instrument: the ontological lapsometer, a kind of stethoscope of the human spirit. With it, he plans to cure mankind’s spiritual flu. But first, he must survive Moira, Lola, and Ellen - and discover why so many living people are actually dead.
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The auto age is defunct. Buicks, Chryslers, and Pontiacs disfigure the landscape. Vines sprout in Manhattan. Wolves are seen in downtown Cleveland. And psychiatrist, mental hospital outpatient, and inventor Dr. Tom More has created a miraculous instrument: the ontological lapsometer, a kind of stethoscope of the human spirit. With it, he plans to cure mankind’s spiritual flu. But first, he must survive Moira, Lola, and Ellen - and discover why so many living people are actually dead.

Attempting to save the world from completely destroying itself, Tom ultimately begins to understand the quality and caprices of life and the uncontrollable vagaries of time and chance.

©1971 Walker Percy (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"A comedy of love against a field of anarchy…. Percy is easily one of the finest writers we have." (New York Times Book Review)

"A great adventure.… So outrageous and so real, one is left speechless." (Chicago Sun Times)

"Immensely readable, vividly entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)

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