Will Barrett of Linwood, North Carolina, is a depressed widower with a peculiar tendency to fall down in strange places. Allison, the girl in the greenhouse, has just escaped from a mental institution and is working hard to make a new life for herself. When their paths cross in a most unusual manner, a relationship begins that will help restore two struggling outcasts to new life.
What follows is by turns touching and zany, tragic and comic, as Will undertakes his own Pascalian wager in search of proof of the existence of God. Leaving his comfortable home atop a pleasant Carolina mountain and descending deep into the bowels of the long-unused Lost Cove cave, he is prepared to wait for a sign - which may, of course, be death. What he is not prepared for is what actually happens.
“Splendid…A beautifully textured novel…A distinguished work of art…Walker Percy’s perception luminously lights up obscure depths of experience without at the same time explaining that experience away.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“Percy has a rare talent for making his people look and sound as though they were being seen and heard for the first time by anyone.” (Time)
“He is a beguiling, uniquely gifted novelist who deserves to be read in order and in full.” (Newsweek)
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No Easy Hothouse of Consecration
Not as good as remembered
As a young adult, I read every Walker Percy book I could find. As a middle-aged man, I can't say that I found the book all that interesting. I found the characters less than believable, the flow of the novel was painful at times and I almost gave up on it several times.
The ending was okay but not worth the time spent on the book.
I wouldnt rule him out, but I suspect that his performance didn't help my feelings for the book. I thought that his attempts at character voices was weak to say the least.
It was not worth my listening time. There are so many books that I am trying to find time to read. This one felt like a wasted credit.