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The Thanatos Syndrome: A Novel (original: 1987; edição: 1999)

de Walker Percy

Séries: Dr. Tom More (2)

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When Dr. Tom More is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. He immediately notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, his own wife's extraordinary success as bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer. With the help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, Dr. More begins to uncover a criminal experimentto "improve" people's behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that Dr. More can only wonder if the whole world has gone crazy -- or he has . . .… (mais)
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Título:The Thanatos Syndrome: A Novel
Autores:Walker Percy
Informação:Picador (1999), Edition: 1, Paperback, 416 pages
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The Thanatos Syndrome de Walker Percy (1987)

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"The Thanatos Syndrome" is listed here as a the second book of the Tom More series, but that doesn't seem quite right. The book is really more of an alternate to the alternate history presented in "Love in the Ruins." It's less optimistic and more backward-looking, and forecasting the coming of large-scale social control programs and a return to a sort of Southern plantation aesthetic. This comes through in Percy's description of Louisiana's landscape and flora, too: while "Love in the Ruins" had sort of an overgrown-jungle vibe, the setting of "The Thanatos Syndrome" is much more subdued, though the author's talent for description and obvious love for the natural beauty of the South still shines through.

Like "Love in the Ruins," "The Thanatos Syndrome" comes off as sort of "thriller of ideas," but the its pace is slacker, it's plot less tightly wound. You get some amusing adventures in pharmacology, contract bridge, and duck hunting, but, sadly enough Percy's legendary political prescience more-or-less fails him here, as he seems to fall for one of the eighties' most notorious media-generated panics. Even so, "The Thanatos Syndrome" works beautifully in certain ways, and in certain places. The section in which Dr. Tom More listens to the reminiscences of a German emigrant priest is both elegant and sad, for example. And, of course, there's Percy's writing, which is natural, flowing, engaging and enjoyable as ever. I'm not sure that "The Thanatos Syndrome" is really a successful novel, but I'm not sure that Percy was capable of writing a novel that really wasn't worth reading. Recommended, as usual, to Walker Percy's admirers. ( )
  TheAmpersand | May 25, 2018 |
Amusing at times, thought provoking and scary - also way too long and rambling. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Aug 25, 2016 |
A thoughtful, powerful examination of scientism and its dangerous implications for human society. A little too content-heavy for my tastes, though. ( )
  9inchsnails | Mar 7, 2016 |
An utterly fascinating read! great story, great characters, air of mystery, sense of humor ... my pleasant surprise of the holidays so far!

The above paragraph is something I wrote 40% of the way through the book, which I've now finished. I suppose there was no way it could have lived up to the high expectations it engendered, but I'm still giving it 3.5-to-4 stars.

Despite my generally tolerant view toward books with "disturbing" content, I have to say I was somewhat rattled by this one. I believe the author does go a bit overboard with his depictions of some of the unsavory events that transpire in this book, and I would therefore -- sadly -- not recommend Thanatos Syndrome to readers who are easily offended. This is a shame, actually, because the serious issues the book treats are very much worth thinking about, and I'm grateful to Walker Percy for giving us a narrative where we are forced to think about them. And I do stand by my initial assessment of Thanatos Syndrome in terms of the characters, the plot, and flow of the narrative. Even when things started to become disturbing, the book was still all but impossible to put down. If you can rein in your "sensitivities", the book is just too Good a Read to ignore. ( )
1 vote bookaholixanon | Nov 25, 2014 |
When I ordered this book, the description said it had only about 120 pages, so I expected a somewhat contemplative, philosophical novel to enjoy at ease. I was not prepared for this large sprawling novel, far too thick for such a simple story.

The story is a kind of conspiracy, about a large-scale experiment which should benefit the general population, curbing violence by administering drugs as additives to drinking water. Changes is people's behaviour lead a doctor to discover the plot, and counteract it. The story is simplistic, and spelled out for the reader in various steps. The whole thing is very contrived, with some facts being very unlikely, but necessary to make the novel work.

I was surprised to see and wondered how such a novel could still work, published as it was in 1987. Possibly, readers were forgiving, accepting a deal of inferiority from a celebrated novelist at the end of his career. The feel of the book is that of a story which might have been spectacular in the late 50s - early 60s (thinking of A clockwork orange), but is quite misplaced in the late 80s. The writing is not bad, but the story is unimaginative and peopled with cardboard characters. ( )
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When Dr. Tom More is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. He immediately notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, his own wife's extraordinary success as bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer. With the help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, Dr. More begins to uncover a criminal experimentto "improve" people's behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that Dr. More can only wonder if the whole world has gone crazy -- or he has . . .

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