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There is something I love about Walker Percy. I think it is the loveliness of Percy's confrontation and struggle with spiritual belief. His characters are amazing, his prose is lovely. He writes these quirky scenes, in a sometimes peculiar prose, without them seeming fussy or overwrought (an amazing balancing act right there).
Perhaps, I am just drawn to my big Trinity of Catholic Novelists(Greene, O'Connor, Percy). They don't play in an easy hothouse of consecration. They don't write about faith, belief, or redemption as if these topics were easy loads to lift. Percy, to me, meets the Modern man where he is; trapped between light and darkness, between falling and hoisting, between Heaven and Hell. Percy greets the reader and lifts him, slaps him on the ass, and pushes him on his way.
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Would you try another book from Walker Percy and/or David Hilder?
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.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending was okay but not worth the time spent on the book.
Would you be willing to try another one of David Hilder’s performances?
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.
Was The Second Coming worth the listening time?
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.
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