The Moviegoer
ISBN: 0786196629
EAN13: 9780786196623
Language: English
Pages: 0
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 5.4" L x 4.8" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
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Winner of the 1962 National Book Award and one of Time magazine's 100 Best English-Language Novels, Walker Percy's debut The Moviegoer is an American masterpiece and a classic of Southern literature. Insightful, romantic, and humorous, it is the story of a young man's search for meaning amid a shallow consumerist landscape.

Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker, fills his days with movies and casual sex. His life offers him nothing worth retaining; what he treasures are scenes from The Third Man or Stagecoach, not the personal experiences he knows other people hold dear. On the cusp of turning thirty, however, something changes: At Mardi Gras, he embarks on a quest for some form of authentic experience. The consequences of Binx's quest, on both himself and his unstable cousin Kate, prove outrageous, absurd, moving, and indelible.

Featuring an afterword by Paul Elie, this new edition of The Moviegoer cements Walker Percy's place as a giant of American literature.

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   Authentic, multifaceted and lyrically ironic
The impact this book has had on my life is something that I can't overstate. I took two courses in college, one on religion and the other on politics. I went to New Orleans for the first time 30 years ago and never left because I was so taken by Percy's rendition. The themes of ennui, despair, self and selflessness, cultural decline, the promise and failure of religion are covered in a vividly personal style. This is a good book to read.
   Kinda mediocre
It isn't the worst book I' ve ever read, but it isn't the best. I can't really speak to anything specific because I read it 5 years ago for a college course, and no longer own it. It's likely to be accurate to say that it's not interesting. I haven't read a lot of books in the last 10 years. I can remember certain occurrences from them. Not this one. At the time I was reading it, I thought the book was boring and meandering. You may get a kick out of it if you' re into it.
   A sad guy gets nearly normal
Walker Percy is a great writer. The descriptions and slow revelation of a character's reality through an interior monologue are beautiful. It's the story of a sad guy who ends up being normal by being numb to family quirks.
   I am millennial and am not the best at appreciating or digesting literature
I am not the best at reading literature, but I am trying to get better at it. I think this was a great book. The search and slight mystery of it all made it compelling to read. It alludes to the religious sense we all have, no matter the creed and desire for truth. At the end of the book, I couldn't help but wonder what happened. The book left me with a question that forced me to think about the characters and their lives, but I was disagreeable at first. I recommend this book to people who like Flannery O' Connor because the main themes aren't always clear, but deeper thinking is needed to appreciate and understand the novel.
   I like the realism of emotions
The book about a Southern man and his family is very realistic in its depiction of emotions. The world view from his era, the late fifties, feels right for today's world. There's great dialogue between the characters about their feelings and ideas and observations of other people and their relationships. The book was very satisfying.