Simply put, this is the best biography I have ever read The writing style is superb, and Tolson has an unbelievable grasp of his subject If you are a Walker Percy fan, you must read this book. When The Moviegoer, An Extraordinary First Novel By An Unknown Louisiana Author, Won The National Book Award In , It Marked The Arrival Of An Exceptional Literary Talent With His Five Successive Novels And His Wide Ranging Philosophical And Occasional Essays, Walker Percy Shored Up His Reputation As One Of America S Greatest Writers An Ironic Moralist And Perhaps The Shrewdest Chronicler Of Life In The New South Yet Even By The Time Of His Death In , Little Was Known About This Intensely Private Man Based On Extensive Interviews, Written With Access To Percy S Letters And Manuscripts, Jay Tolson Has Fashioned The First Major Biography Of The Writer, An Authoritative Portrait That Brings Percy Alive As It Illuminates His Distinguished Body Of Work We See Percy S Life And His Brilliant Career Against The Background Of The American South, Whose Colorful And Tragic History Is Rooted Deeply In The Hearts And Minds Of Its Most Talented Sons And Daughters With A Novelist S Eye For Character And The Judgment Of An Informed Critic, Tolson Captures The Lifelong Drama Of Genius, Always Attentive To Its Artistic, Psychological And Spiritual Dimensions Percy Was The Scion Of A Proud, Honorable And Accomplished Family, A Clan Haunted By A Crippling Streak Of Melancholy That Issued Repeatedly In Suicides, Including The Self Inflicted Deaths Of Walker Percy S Father And Grandfather Tolson Depicts The Struggle Of Percy S Life And The Heroism With Which He Battled His Family Demons And His Own Tubercular Condition And Worked His Way Toward A Writing Career Here Is The Young Percy In The Days After His Father S Death, Traveling With His Brother And His Mother Who Would Soon Dieherself, In Mysterious Circumstances From His Childhood Home Of Birmingham, Alabama, To Athens, Georgia, And Then On To Greenville, Mississippi, And The Sprawling House Of His Uncle Will Adopted At By This Remarkable Bachelor Poet Lawyer Planter, The Most Important Single Influe Walker Percy is a complicated man with a complicated past The story of his early life in the context of the South is 5 star material I thought it bogged down once he started publishing books Tolson seems to lose the narrative flow in the later third But his analysis and shared sense of humor with Percy help make this enjoyable. Same opinion as already recently stated Off, though reading about a novelist I have yet to read A first. Tolson offers a thorough and sympathetic portrait of Percy s life and the aims of his literary and philosophical output An initially off putting broad history of the Percy family and their influence in Birmingham and Greenville isde rigeurfor a literary biography, and readers that persevere will be rewarded with access to a deep mine of experience and reflection that Percy offers to an imploding culture A few slips here and there by Tolson indicate his lack of familiarity with the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholicism Percy embraced and lived out till his death, and at times this no doubt colors Percy s own beliefs, but overall this biography left me deeply engaged with the mystery and wisdom of Walker Percy and eager to dive into his writings even enthusiastically.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy (Chapel Hill Books) book, this is one of the most wanted Jay Tolson author readers around the world.
- 544 pages
- Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy (Chapel Hill Books)
- Jay Tolson
- 15 January 2017 Jay Tolson