By Walker Percy
Percy’s stirring sequel to Love within the Ruins follows Tom More’s redemptive project to therapy the mysterious illness afflicting the citizens of his hometown
Dr. Tom extra returns to his parish in Louisiana made up our minds to reside an easier existence. clean out of felony after you have stuck promoting uppers to truck drivers, he desires not anything greater than to stay “a small life.” but if each person on the town starts appearing strangely—from wasting their sexual inhibitions to talking in simple terms in blunt, truncated sentences—More, with aid from his cousin Lucy Lipscomb, takes it upon himself to bare what and who's accountable. Their research leads them to the top seats of strength, the place they realize executive conspiracy is poised to rob its electorate in their selves, their loose will, and finally their humanity.
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At its heart, the exploration of the material world that Graham orchestrates is a spiritual quest. Despite the contemporary consciousness evident in Materialism, the meditation for which that consciousness is a vehicle constitutes arevisitation of an old metaphysical and ontological problem-the relationship between body and soul. As Helen Vendler puts it in her review of the book, 26 "No Image There and the Gaze Remains" The twentieth-century self inquired into by means of Graham's poems is not primarily defined by personal or social detail.
The image that concludes the poem of the martial strife between "the real, the sheet of paper, rand] the bouquet" is less than positive and coheres with the larger tension throughout the volume as the poet admits her failure to master the visible if only within the parameters of neatly crafted poems.
Graham's explicit invocation of Bergson later in the book calls upon the reader to consider his philosophy here, too: "The Way Things Work" expresses the wish that such a unif}ring spirit as Bergson's elan vital might imbue the universe and thus assure the poet of the existence of the invisible, as she imagines that "we nnally believe" or put faith in the visible, "objects" 34 "No Image There and the Gaze Remains" that are "common and able to illustrate themselves," as proof of what cannot be ascertained (3).
The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy