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The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
The Moviegoer
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Winner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached... show more
Winner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans' French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375701962 (0375701966)
ASIN: 375701966
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
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3.5 The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
#60 on the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. This book reminded me of Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground, with its young(ish) male protagonist adrift and wandering the city (or cities: here New Orleans and Chicago). Binx Bolling is perhaps a few hairs less cynical, but he's pr...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 The Moviegoer
This book is a book that people know about, but don't seem to actually read, which is a great shame. It is very well written, although I enjoyed the first half quite a bit more than the second half, which becomes maybe a little less negative and loses its power.It's basically a book about battling ...
bookwookiee
bookwookiee rated it
2.0 The Moviegoer
What's the big stink? Holden Caulfield grows up and is still dissatisfied with the world and the people in it. Maybe I'll come back to this when I'm older, but at this point in my life it's just not for me.
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
Let me preface this by saying that I'm quite sure that nothing in this review will come close to equalling the great one Jeffrey Keeten did, which I am purposely not rereading until after I write this, as it will intimidate the heck out of me. A large part of that is that I'm still digesting the boo...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
“The fact is I am quite happy in a movie,even a bad movie...What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time the kitten found Orson Wells in the doorway in the Third Man.”Binx Bolling is floating through life. H...
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