In a portrait of Walker Percy made by Lyn Hill, the author stands outside the frame of a barbed and twisted (somewhat otherwordly) tree, his arms crossed over his chest with his head cocked to one side, an almost malicious twinkle in his eye. Above, the sky swirls mysteriously, forecasting storms or some worse calamity. Commenting on the portrait in a quirky self-interview, 'Questions They Never Asked Me,' Percy essentially invites the reader to explore this peculiar world and others like it: 'You and I know something, don't we? Or do we?.True, this is a strange world I'm in, but what about the world you're in? Have you noticed it lately? Are we onto something, you and I? Probably not.' As the personal essay was Percy's breakthrough into the world of publishing, Signposts In a Strange Land
is a stimulating chronicle of the author's philosophical thought and the process through which he became a consummate novelist. The book's construction follows Percy's most consistent themes and is divided into three parts: Life In the South; Science, Language, Literature; and Morality and Religion. Throughout, he synthesizes a wide body of knowledge, including his own experience from medicine and science, to piece together a philosophy of man. Ultimately, Percy leans heaviest on the humanities and his Catholic faith to address the fundamental nature of humanity-'a man on the move in a real world of real things, a world which is a sacrament and a mystery; a pilgrim whose life is a searching and a finding.' 428 pp. As new - brand new copy with laminate edge peeling on back cover.
An Eighth Day View:
At his death in 1990, Walker Percy left a considerable legacy of uncollected nonfiction. Assembled in "Signposts in a Strange Land," these essays on language, literature, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, morality, and life and letters in the South display the imaginative versatility of an author considered by many to be one the greatest modern American writers.