One way to describe the impressions of Walker Percy’s book Lancelot is to say that it seemed to be an example of how not to be, how not to conduct the search for meaning in the cosmos, how not to react to the craziness of the modern world.
Lance murders several people and burns down his house, and could be said to have been so reckless as to have has suicide in mind as well.
And he didn’t get the girl in the end, at least not to our knowledge. In fact, he seems to have offended her seriously enough by underestimating her mind that she refused him. But we are left with reason to hope that she will return and meet him wherever he plans to go (Virginia?) to start his new revolution.
Everyone loved the book. No nay-sayers this time. Although one potential nay-sayer was out of town for this meeting, so we don’t know.
Whoever’s book this was needs to send me their essay/notes or whatever you have so I can post it with the others. And if there are other members who have old essays that need to be put up for posterity, please send them to me. Thank you
Next book: Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison