In this National Book Award–winning novel from a “brilliantly breathtaking writer,” a young Southerner searches for meaning in the midst of Mardi Gras (The New York Times Book Review).
On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Binx Bolling is a lost soul. A stockbroker and member of an established New Orleans family, Binx’s one escape is the movie theater that transports him from the falseness of his life. With Mardi Gras in full swing, Binx, along with his cousin Kate, sets out to find his true purpose amid the excesses of the carnival that surrounds him. Buoyant yet powerful, The Moviegoer is a poignant indictment of modern values, and an unforgettable story of a week that will change two lives forever.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Walker Percy including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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The literary world of the modern South is full of cutely named characters who turn out to be grotesque monsters. But Binx Bolling—the handsome New Orleans stockbroker and lothario of Walker Percy’s astoundingly good (and most famous) novel—is more of an everyman, thanks to his relatable angst. The movies Binx loves seem more real to him than his own life, so he’s strangely happy when a car accident shakes him out of life’s everydayness. Percy’s hero is calmly and acutely aware of his own soul sickness, which makes his quest to find meaning both devastating and hilarious.
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I discovered this book while on vacation recently. It sat on a shelf between small selection of light summer reads and various travelogues. Based on its company I didn't have high hopes but was desperate for something to read and I liked the title and description. What a pleasant surprise. I had no prior knowledge of this author or the novel. It really sucked me in. The writing style felt strangely contemporary and self aware given it was written in 1961. I had to fly home prior to finishing the book, so here I am ready to buy and finish the last hundred pages. I think that's a pretty good endorsement, don't you?
This book is excellent in parts and very frustrating in other parts. Percy displays a philosophical side which is hard to understand at times, so this is a challenging read. I was hoping for more as a National Book Award winner. If you read to be informed or entertained this is not for you. A thought provoking book nonetheless....EAF