RGray at montreat.edu
Wed Jun 20 08:12:41 EDT 2007
I read The Road last month. Fine story, much in the flavor of Percy's essay "Notes for a Novel about the End of the World." Does anyone else want to comment on this novel?
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Sent: Tue 6/19/2007 8:01 PM
To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion
Subject: [percy-l] non-percy
I know this email has nothing to do with Percy, but an email from
Rhonda made me wish that we could discuss the books we are reading (ok,
maybe I can couch this in terms like "Percy would've loved this book,"
But I've read two really powerful books this summer (during the first
summer session in which I didn't teach): Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"
and Phillip Roth's "Everyman." Currently, I am half-way through
Delillo's latest novel, a brilliant one btw, on 9/11: "Falling Man."
If this discussion breaks any Percylist rules, maybe we could take it
off the list. But these books are really important and deserve a good
Also, for those who teach and/or want to understand this generation, I
recommend, "Generaton Me: Why Today's Young Americans are more
Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable than Ever" by Jean
Twenge. If you teach and have wondered why a student whines when
getting an A- or B+, this book provides some answers.
Anyway, hope I didn't break any percean list rules, but I'd like to
breathe some life in this list. I'd like to see a discussion of books,
ideas, etc. return, even if they aren't by Percy. But I think that we
would bring a percean reading to these works and could discuss them in
What do you think?
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