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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “[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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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