Woe Are We
Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11
by Andrew R. Murphy
Oxford University Press, 2008
(248 pages, $19.95, paperback)
reviewed by Franklin Freeman
Andrew Murphy’s Prodigal Nation brings to mind a passage in the novel The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy. Percy’s hero, Binx Bolling says, “Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other”:
Down I plunk myself with a liberal weekly at one of the massive tables, read it from cover to cover, nodding to myself whenever . . .
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Franklin Freeman is a freelance writer living in Saco, Maine, with his wife and four children.
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