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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,038 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walker Percy Narrator: David Hilder Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zina | 2/20/2014

    " A very straightforward novel: no tricks here, which I guess can be refreshing. I thought the woman character, Allison, was especially well developed. The narration gets inside the heads of the two protagonists (Allison and Will) a lot, which makes you understand how some of the stuff that looks sketchy from the outside is actually fine (I know that's vague, but I don't want to give anything away). That made me uneasy, knowing that if I were actually interacting with these characters and not hearing their internal monologues, I would think very differently of them, in particular about their mental health and ability to function autonomously. I found the book troubling in that sense: it raised some difficult questions about identifying mental illness and deciding to pursue involuntary commitment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/13/2014

    " This is a story of mental dis-equilibrium. Both hero and heroine are struggling with the tricks their minds are playing on them. I think Percy's point may be that our flaws and brokeness can actually be the place of our greatest strength as it forces us to yoke with others. Good point; however Percy's answer to this seemed to me to be weirdly sexualized and read more like a mid-life crisis (or, given his age when he wrote it, the recollection of a mid-life-crisis) than a fitting together of two broken lives into a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 1/12/2014

    " Okay--my first Walker Percy Novel. What have I been waiting for? Perhaps to reach a certain age? I read this on the days surrounding my 40th birthday, and as we use these milestones to assess our paths, the novel was a good fit. Well crafted, nicely internal, although it felt like it could be a bit tighter, and I'm still working through what felt like a shift toward a more dramatic presentation toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Allison | 1/7/2014

    " I remember hating it. I was young. I was named Allison and I was annoyed that the girl named Allison was mentally handicapped. But I wanted to read a Walker Percy book so I gave it the whole thing. "

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