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Percy's second work of non-fiction is provocative, funny, infuriating and engaging, answering such questions as, why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself?

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Overview

Percy's second work of non-fiction is provocative, funny, infuriating and engaging, answering such questions as, why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374191658
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/1/1983
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Walker Percy wrote several books, many of them bestsellers, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. He dies in 1990.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Truly the most effective "Self Help" book, because it

    Truly the most effective "Self Help" book, because it points out that the "Self" cannot be understood.  Most of the problems in modern life are not due to our "selves" but due to our environment.  Walker Percy may not have said it in this way, but humans were not made for happiness, but for virtue.  Few people can disagree with that statement b/c barely anyone knows what it means anymore.  "It's all in Plato" - C. S. Lewis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    Perfect introduction to Percy

    Lost in The Cosmos is just as relevant now in the age of Dr. Phil and Fear Factor as it was in 1983. A word to the timid, however: Percy's explanation of Semiotic theory may take more than one reading to fully grasp. For what it's worth, those who understand are more likely to never pick up another self-help book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    Brilliant, hilarious, satiric--thought provoking

    If this brilliant book does not make you think and laugh, then you are rather homuorless and thoughtless, like Francine Plessix du Gray--in her humorless, witless shallow review.

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