[percy-l] humor in Love in the Ruins versus sadness of Lancelot

Dye, Steve sldye at bluegrass.org
Fri Aug 25 14:04:38 EDT 2006

I re-read LITR every 5 years or so, too. It is one of my favorite novels
and I find it just as humorous - and relevant - in 2006 as I did upon
first serendipitous reading (stumbled onto it in a book store in New
Orleans) in 1983.  I also laugh out loud a lot while reading it. As for
being relevant, I thought of LITR in the dark days after 9/11 and I also
thought about it when Katrina hit New Orleans.  I work in the mental
health field, so ol' Dr. Tom More is a kindred soul to me for many

Steven L. Dye, MA
Bluegrass MH-MR Board, Inc.
1500 Leestown Road, Suite 338
Lexington, KY 40511

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Subject: [percy-l] humor in Love in the Ruins versus sadness of Lancelot

I just re-read Love in the Ruins after about ten years.  It is supposed
to be dated, but I found it relevant -- and funnier than I remembered
it.  Members of my family were asking what I was laughing about.
Stryker announcing his discovery at the Love Clinic: 
	"I think you might be interested to learn, Tom, that since June
we've been using not one subject at a time" -- he touches my arm with a
withered finger--"but two."
	"Yes.  A man and a woman.  Here's the breakthrough."  

After LITR, Percy wrote Lancelot, somber and violent.  How can this
swing in mood be accounted for?  The other four novels are similar in
blending satire with serious theme development.  And no one is killed (I

Rich Gray

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