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Walker Percy

Geburtstag: 28. Mai 1916
Todesdatum: 10. Mai 1990

Walker Percy war ein amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

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„The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Moviegoer

Variante: What is the nature of the search? you ask. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.
Quelle: The Moviegoer (1961)
Kontext: To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair. The movies are onto the search, but they screw it up. The search always ends in despair. They like to show a fellow coming to himself in a strange place-but what does he do? He takes up with the local librarian, sets about proving to the local children what a nice fellow he is, and settles down with a vengeance. In two weeks time he is so sunk in everydayness that he might just as well be dead.

„Good-looking and amiable as he was, however, he did not strike one as remarkable. People usually told him the same joke two or three times.“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Last Gentleman

The Last Gentleman (1966)
Kontext: He was a young man of pleasant appearance. Of medium height and exceedingly pale, he was nevertheless strongly built and quick and easy in his ways. Save for his deafness in one ear, his physical health was perfect. Handsome as he was, he was given to long silences. So girls didn't know what to make of him. But men liked him. After a while they saw that he was easy and meant no harm. He was the sort whom classmates remember fondly; they liked to grab him around the neck with an elbow and cuff him around. Good-looking and amiable as he was, however, he did not strike one as remarkable. People usually told him the same joke two or three times.

„You can get all A's and still flunk life.“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Second Coming

Quelle: The Second Coming (1980)

„Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart?“

—  Walker Percy, buch Love in the Ruins

Quelle: Love in the Ruins

„My mother refused to let me fail. So I insisted.“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Second Coming

Quelle: The Second Coming

„Jews wait for the Lord, Protestants sing hymns to him, Catholics say mass and eat him.“

—  Walker Percy, buch Love in the Ruins

Quelle: Love in the Ruins

„Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.“

—  Walker Percy, buch The Thanatos Syndrome

Quelle: The Thanatos Syndrome

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