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Percy In Paradise by [Staszko, Ray]
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Percy in Paradise is a short literary novel centered in the Bermuda Triangle of the three topics one is urged to avoid in social settings: sex, politics, and religion. Yet, somehow it is really about none of these things. Alternately hysterically funny and deeply disturbing, the story follows a unique homeless man as he negotiates the improbable events of the last day of his life. Percy is an artist, street musician, and social activist with a rapport for nature comparable to St. Francis of Assisi. He seems to have something that everybody wants or needs, even Jesus, who has a job for him that he is reluctant to accept. As we watch Percy cope with it all, we gain a fresh perspective on what it means to be alive, and what the concepts of morality and altruism might still mean outside the bounds of traditional religion. The plot is fast moving and farcical at times, jumping from contrasting events like feeding starving owls on a darkened island to sex games gone awry. At times it is startling realistic, but at others it indulges in larger than life flights of fantasy. What holds it all together is that we come to like Percy and to care about him and in so doing, we become caught up in the dramatic conclusion that determines his fate. Ray Staszko's fiction has always surprised with exquisitely unique portraits of unusual characters. Percy In Paradise is no exception.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oracle Pond (April 15 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,009,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If anyone has ever encountered the ecstatic look in the eyes of some street people, Percy in Paradise goes a long way to explaining it. Unbeknownst to many in society, there are those who choose this “down-and-out” life because they simply cannot stomach the alternative. And yet there is an inescapable irony to these paradisal states as Percy, the protagonist in Ray Staszko’s eloquently subversive novel, shows aplenty. His ability to commune directly with the creatures of the natural world transports him and yet he cannot ignore the death-dealing imperatives of their existence: 

“Everything was always killing everything else, and although he felt compelled to do so, sometimes Percy wondered if spending so much time and energy in this so-called “natural” world was really any better than being caught up in the depressing realities of the human world.”

Percy lives on the streets with the sole purpose of giving aid and succour to whatever man or beast may be in need of it. While unremittingly contemptuous of society, he governs his life in response to its victims and to those of Creation itself as these appear to him. Although he finds great relief and reward in his capacity to commune with and, eventually, participate in the lives of the birds and animals that so mesmerize him, he remains clear-eyed as to their existential conditions and scornful of any Creator who would be responsible for this kill-or-be-killed system.

Disgruntled and at times embittered by his dealings with the world, Percy has trouble crediting the positively substantial states of being that are his as he focuses all of himself on appreciating and preserving life itself.
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