First published in , George Santayana’s The Last Puritan was the American philosopher’s only novel, and it became an instant best-seller, immediately. Published in , George Santayana’s The Last Puritan was the American philosopher’s only novel. It became an instant best-seller, immediately linked in its. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : George ioned.

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It was reprinted again in this edition included a preface in which Santayana described the writing process and his philosophical intentions, and The story is a tragedy.

I will say, however, that a large part of this point has to do with santayxna critique of American culture—specifically, of puritanism. Retrieved from ” https: When writing philosophy—or, indeed, science or criticism or journalism—it is the job of the writer to get her message across, with minimal risk of misinterpretation.

The Last Puritan

santaywna The novel took Santayana forty-five years to complete and was a best-selling novel in second only to Gone with the Wind. He uses bodily action to remain in contact with reality via football, rowing, and running. Darnley, he opens a home for convalescent officers at Court Place, which places his wealth, as always, at the center of his relationships.

The main character, Oliver, develops his peculiar philosophical malady early on, which merely intensifies as the book progresses; he reaches no epiphany nor suffers any reversals of fortune, but merely carries on, wandering about, wondering why he doesn’t fit in.


Alden if she chose to move to Boston where there are a host of other men to choose from, says she would because she has a duty to preserve her family’s interests. Oliver understands that the effect that Jim had on him was over. Santayana includes several aphorisms worth writing down which samtayana condemned to be repeatedand spins many a handsome line. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Topics were ideas, not people – I miss that Personally I did not find the dialogue difficult to imagine.


The characters were interesting, to a point, but I found the book way too wordy and preachy overall. In writing this so-called “memoir in the form of a novel,” Santayana was very concerned with its interpretation and reception. Her mind still thought in categories and didn’t believe in the necessity of a reason for something; she just believed that things simply were the way that they were.

His mother would be uproarious if she found out that Jim was on the ship at all. Nathaniel is business-minded and is committed to societal order without questioning its validity. Nathaniel is undoubtedly incapable of any raw emotion and relies on his sense of duty and tradition to serve as sufficient emotional constructs.

In the following episode, Oliver realizes that he probably won’t marry.

This is when we first encounter Oliver’s cousin, Mario. He learned the task rather easily, like all physically dependent tasks.

Alas, he was forced, although not by external factors alone, to perceive everything through the lens of duty. When asked if she would still marry Dr.

Oliver, driven as always by duty, returned to America to enlist to fight for America despite his earlier belief that the war was wrong. Lucky for Jim, there happened to be a large, double cabin that was open and had been paid for by an unknown source. It was Jim Darnley.


Bobby clung to Oliver’s coat and stated that he didn’t want to leave, because he likes Oliver more than his family. She then attempts to seduce him, but he realizes that he is incapable of making love to a woman, a realization brought on by him tasting her sardine breath. View all 3 comments. John Gray seems to have led me astray.

This is the time that Oliver and Peter spend the most father-son time together.

As he gets older he exercises less and uses his body less, thus causing pain in his thoughts and an irrational emotional state attributing too much control to himself over the world. When the conundrum was proposed by Dr. Santayana begins to mention more and more Oliver’s psychological issues.

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Some writers, it appears, are so good that they forget how to be bad. Open Preview See a Problem? Quotes from The Last Puritan Mr Rawdon Smith went to shake him until he encountered Oliver’s deliberately rough arm-nudge.

Peter arranged for Georgd to spend the first few days with Jim in Iffley and he sent Irma on to visit her old school. This cleverly states what Nathaniel truly is, a fraudulent being.