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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walker Percy Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781455171491
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Lancelot Lamar, a disenchanted liberal lawyer, finds himself confined in a mental asylum with memories that don’t seem worth remembering—until a visit from an old friend and classmate gives him the opportunity to recount his journey of dark violence.

It began the day he accidentally discovered he was not the father of his youngest daughter. That discovery touched off his obsession to reverse the degeneration of modern America and begin a new age of chivalry and romance. With ever increasing fury, Lancelot would become a shining knight, not of romance—but of revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A modern knight-errant on a quest after evil…Convincing and chilling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A funny and scarifying jeremiad on the modern age. Lancelot is easy to read and hard to forget.”

    Time

  • “A fine novel…Percy is a seductive writer attentive to sensuous detail and such a skillful architect of fiction that the very discursiveness of his story informs it with energy and tension.”

    Newsweek

  • “Eloquent, reckless, accurate, hilarious…Plunges forward through tawdry bedroom mysteries toward a final grand puzzle.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Percy’s brilliant Lancelot vibrates with [Gardner’s] stunning reading, marked by subtly delineated southern intonations.”

    Booklist

  • “[Gardner] gives excellent voicing to Percy’s characters…The accent given the hero’s south Texas wife is perfect. Accent as characterization is important in Percy’s novels and [Gardner] meets the challenge.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 2/6/2014

    " Gloomy, but well-written. Yep, that's Walker Percy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merope | 2/6/2014

    " This book reminded me three other books: theraphy, fight club and 99 francs. I really enjoyed it and I totally recommend if you liked 99 francs and fight club actually.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2014

    " Somehow I missed this author in college, then I saw him listed somewhere as on of America's best modern writers. Never having heard of him, I rushed to get Moviegoers. At that time, I did not get into it. I recently picked up a used copyof Lancelot and I found it fascinating...dark, funny, sparse language that I tend to like right now...Hemingwayesque. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 1/31/2014

    " Lancelot has interesting moments. Certainly the character portrait is very interesting. However, I found other aspects of it (such as a constant stream of hints that the modern world is hopelessly degenerate) tiresome. It would be good for people who are interested in looking at the idea of evil and Hell from the Christian standpoint. I won't say it's a bad book, because it isn't. For some reason that I can't explain, it rubbed me the wrong way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/23/2014

    " When I first read this book, some 30-odd years ago, I was intrigued by and identified with the main character. Picking it up recently, I read about 30 pages and was repelled by the same character as a whiny, self-involved narcissist. Now, I'm a bit apprehensive about re-reading any Percy. Just goes to show how a person and his perception of literature may change over the years - for better or worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 1/15/2014

    " My favorite novel, every time I reread it, I take something new from it. Percy's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Holler | 1/14/2014

    " So very dark, with a slender hope of relief, and next to none of the old humor. If you read it, do so after reading his earlier three novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephane | 1/14/2014

    " Catcher in the Rye for adults "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/13/2014

    " top 10 author of the century "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rolando | 1/2/2014

    " A strange, strange book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toni | 12/23/2013

    " A well-written book that many people will enjoy. It just isn't my sort of book, but I still appreciate the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 12/21/2013

    " Gripping, challenging and deeply unsettling. Beautiful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/8/2013

    " Good psychological fiction about a man who is trying to understand how everything in his life went wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/17/2013

    " This one was from the Lost reading list. Interesting. The entire book was narrated by "Lancelot" - a patient in a mental hospital after he killed his wife and lover. Not bad if you can get through some of the rambling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 11/16/2013

    " I loved all the Louisiana and Old South references. But I hated wading through the marsh of the narrator's thoughts to get to the meat of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 11/1/2013

    " I'm sorry. I am biased toward nearly everything Walker Percy has written and I love Southern story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 10/14/2013

    " I really liked this book, Percy has an amazing writing style. Note this is definitely not a book for anyone but adults, it's unfortunate that I won't be able to keep this one on my book shelf! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda Brodbeck | 9/15/2013

    " It is difficult to really like a book when there aren't many characters you like. That was this book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faye | 8/18/2013

    " This book read like a book written in the last ten years. My husband and a friend talked about Walker Percy's foresight and his accurate prediction of many problems such as information overload and attitudes toward sex, love, and religion. Yes folks he takes on all three in this novel!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 7/7/2013

    " Perverted, worthless novel. I gained nothing from reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/7/2013

    " Excellent! Thanks Nicole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 6/29/2013

    " That an obsession with sex is not healthy and that killing people always has some self-defensive justification. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/14/2013

    " A silently intense story about revenge as science and mythology re-created, topped with idiosyncracies of the American south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Graham Cotten | 1/10/2013

    " This book is a sort of catechism. Laura got me a first edition from Square Books for my first birthday with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissie | 11/25/2012

    " Took me a long time to finish this one. Not my favorite Walker Percy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 11/18/2012

    " Working my way through "Sawyers list" (for LOST fans). "

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