The Moviegoer, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Winner of the 1961 National Book Award 'The Moviegoer' is the dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature. '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, Binx Bolling is adrift in New Orleans.

He occupies himself with dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the 'treasurable moments' lacking in his real life.

But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained search for authenticity that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin, Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of the French Quarter.

Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, 'The Moviegoer' combines Bourbon Street elegance with the spiritual urgency of a Russian novel in a genuine American classic.


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A character strangely resembling a friendlier version of Camus's Meursault wanders around New Orleans and not much happens. Moments of clarity here and there. A pleasant, odd book.

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Dated monologue about not much. I read about half the book and gave up when realised I was just reading the words without being emotionally engaged. I suspect its one of these books if I heard it read by an actor then it may well work. But wry, wrenching, rich in irony and romance it is not!

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Exquisite writing sets this book apart from others of its type. Jack is pondering life - how he got to where he is and what the next step is - during Mardi Gras week in New Orleans. Family, close and extended, plays an important role as does his enjoyment of films. Some say that this is just the story of a self-indulgent rich boy. I think there is a great deal of Jack in most of us.

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