Thanatos Syndrome

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Returning home to the small Louisiana parish where he had praticed psychiatry, Dr. Tom More quickly notices something strange occuring with the townfolk, a loss of inhibitions. Behind this mystery is a dangerous plot drug the local water supply, and a discovery that takes More into the underside of the American search for happiness.

A profoundly serious and often funny novel which scans American culture like radar as it tells the story of an old-fashioned physician ...

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Overview

Returning home to the small Louisiana parish where he had praticed psychiatry, Dr. Tom More quickly notices something strange occuring with the townfolk, a loss of inhibitions. Behind this mystery is a dangerous plot drug the local water supply, and a discovery that takes More into the underside of the American search for happiness.

A profoundly serious and often funny novel which scans American culture like radar as it tells the story of an old-fashioned physician who observes some bizarre events emerging in people.

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Library Journal
When psychiatrist Tom More returns home to Feliciana, Louisiana, after doing time at a minimal security prison, he is dismayed by the bizarre behavior he encountersthe ``curious flatness of tone,'' the loss of sexual inhibition, of complex speech, even of context in conversation. More is further dismayed to discover that fellow psychiatrist Bob Comeaux is masterminding an unauthorized scheme to eradicate social ills by manipulating cortical functions through surreptitious doses of heavy sodium. And the suspense is only beginning, for More wants to investigate signs of sexual abuse at his children's school. The loss of human response smacks of a grade-B horror filmMore himself speaks of ``bodysnatchers''and the moral implications of social engineering, though given the most contemporary interpretation here, have already been considered. But in crisp, masterful prose Percy delivers a relentlessly compelling tale. BOMC dual main selection. Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312243326
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 9/4/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 659,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walker Percy is the author of over ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Moviegoer and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was awarded numerous prizes during his lifetime, including the National Book Award, and is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of our time. He died in 1990.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

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    the story is good/great/interesting...i feel he was talking about the water we drink now...and have been drinking for years!!read it.also these are just'my thought'...but have u read any of the newspaper that speak on how our water has all these drugs..'antidepression meds'..its true i think its part of the plan to change how we as humans interact with each other...noticed how almost everybody you know know's somone takn or dealing with depression???i know people!!im not talk bad or sayn nothing about the people but it's our water thats changing us..not ourselves...its the tap water..this is sumthing we all pay and use......anyway dont want to stir nothing up...but thers a message in all his book's subliminal...look into it......ottro....

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