[percy-l] Any LOST lovers out there?

Robert OConnor anesthesia240 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 18 19:26:24 EDT 2010

Well,just an anecdote, and, unfortunately, I can't answer your question, but when I spotted this photo I was roped into  Lost.  That was sometime in season 4 and I've been watching the series since but never have seen the episode which showed Sawyer reading Lancelot.
If I had to hazard a guess I would say the writers cited Percy because of his overall themes of good, evil, existentialism and generous helpings of symbolism rather then the specific novel. Sawyer's character is a rascally con man with a way with the ladies which wouldn't fit the character in the novel. Hurley's character has logged time in a mental institute but his traits wouldn't fit either. A long shot is the competition between Jack and Sawyer for the hand of Kate mirroring Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere and the writers plucked the book for the title not the content. As an aside, the only book the show has revealed to me so far is The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares which centers on a remote island with strange goings-on and a murky sense of reality.Bob
--- On Thu, 3/18/10, Karey Perkins <karey1 at charter.net> wrote:

From: Karey Perkins <karey1 at charter.net>
Subject: [percy-l] Any LOST lovers out there?
To: "'Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion'" <percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 10:36 AM

Why is Sawyer reading Walker Percy’s Lancelot?  Deeper symbolic meaning anyone? 
Lost often puts significant books in the scenes, having characters read them.  There are others – think this is the only Percy book. 
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