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Lancelot’s Last Word


Amy Welborn’s website, A Spirited Life, is worth having a look at. Her Catholic Writers section includes some perceptive Percy ponderings, including this:

One of Percy’s most difficult books is Lancelot. As I read it, I felt that I’d never hated a book (or simply a central character) more, and that this was truly the depths of whatever nihilistic side Percy harbored. Until the last word. I’m not kidding. Astonishing, and almost shocking – a novel in which the very last word of the novel gives shape and a profound moral dimension to the entire work. Now, don’t ruin it for yourself, and run ahead and peek at the end before you read the whole thing. But do read it.

Also check out Amy’s book: Here. Now. A Catholic Guide to the Good Life.

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