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The Thanatos Syndrome | [Walker Percy]

The Thanatos Syndrome

When Dr. Tom More (of Love in the Ruins) is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, and where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. Upon arriving, he notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, a lack of complexity in speech - even his own wife’s extraordinary success at bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer.
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Publisher's Summary

When Dr. Tom More (of Love in the Ruins) is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, and where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. Upon arriving, he notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, a lack of complexity in speech - even his own wife’s extraordinary success at bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer.

With the ingenious help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, More begins to uncover a criminal experiment to "improve" people’s behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that even Tom More wouldn’t believe them if he hadn’t witnessed them with his own eyes.

©1987 Walker Percy (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Spins along at a brisk thriller pace, laced with escapes and chase scenes and risky, ingenious detective work." (Gail Godwin, New York Times Book Review)

"What a pleasure it is to read a real novel…The Thanatos Syndrome has the ambition and purposefulness to take on the world, to wrestle with its shortcomings, and to celebrate its glories." (Washington Post Book World)

"He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist…Percy stages a lively medical mystery…that no serious reader will want to miss." (USA Today)

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    Gregory Graham Irving, TX USA 07-27-15
    Gregory Graham Irving, TX USA 07-27-15
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    "Interesting and strange"

    I enjoyed the book, and I think it touches on some interesting themes such as the danger of good intentions, the culture of death, and the crisis of faith. It is my second Walker Percy book, the first bring The Moviegoer, which I liked a little better. The other thing I like about these books is the Louisiana seeing that is described in such detail.

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    Joshua Rumbut 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely ruined by reader"

    Listen to The Moviegoer, I really wish this guy hadn't tried to fake a New Orleans accent!

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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-09-15
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Somewhat dated plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not in this form. The reader has obviously never set foot in Louisiana or he would have been able to pronounce Ponchartrain (as in the lake), Tunica and (for God's sake ) New Orleans. His faux southern accent set my teeth on edge and ruined this Walker Percy novel.


    What other book might you compare The Thanatos Syndrome to and why?

    This book reminded me of several books I have read which focus on environmental tampering by persons wanting to "better" humanity.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Hilder’s performances?

    Never, never, never! Note to Mr. Hilder- only in bad movies or on television do people say
    "Nawlins" for New Orleans. People from Louisiana doe not say this-ever!!!!


    Was The Thanatos Syndrome worth the listening time?

    I love Wlaker Percy but will go back to reading rather than listening to his books. Actually this book would have been very good with a reader like Will Patton or Dick Hill.


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