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  • From: "Karl M. Terrell" <kterrell AT>
  • To: "Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion" <percy-l AT>
  • Subject: RE: [percy-l] New reader
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 18:15:45 -0400

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I wouldn't take issue with your argument. As I read the discussions
here, I'm inspired to spend more time re-reading some of his books in
search of new insights. My previous point was only to say that my past
readings of Percy were enjoyed primarily for the richness of the
writing, and that I believe Percy should be regarded highly on that


-----Original Message-----
From: David Alan Beck [mailto:dabeck AT]
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 7:14 PM
To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion
Subject: Re: [percy-l] New reader

You bring up a good point. That all linguistics, philosophy, etc. aside,
Percy is good novelist, and one doesn't have to go beyond his novels to
enjoy his fiction (though I'd argue that an understanding of the above
enhances his novels). What is great about WP is seeing his fiction come
to life in the world around us. For example, since we (I?) were
discussing Love in the Ruins, I saw a book review in the religion
section of our paper that seemed almost beyond parody. I was reminded of
when Malcolm Muggeridge went to a perfomance of Godspell and, after the
perfomance, the Archbishop of Canterbury, rose to his feet and said,
"Long live God!" At that point, Muggeridge said, he knew parody was no
longer possible. Anyway, I digress. The book being reviewed was
entitled, "And then God created Golf." A quote from the review: "And the
book includes a most unique description of Jesus Christ: 'The greatest
of teaching pros.'" The line reminded me of the golf tournament in LIR.
Isn't Jesus referred to as "the greatest pro of all"? I can't find the
exact quote, but the new book seems to bring to life Percy's satire.
Any thoughts (or direct references)?

-In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountains start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.
-W. H. Auden


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