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Percy’s National Book Award­–winning classic: A young man, torn between the forces of tradition and change, searches for meaning in post-war America
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.

Topics: Family, American South, New Orleans, Bildungsroman, Philosophical, Psychological, Existentialism, Film, Ennui, Existentialism, and First Person Narration

Published: Open Road Media an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on Mar 29, 2011
ISBN: 9781453216255
List price: $14.99
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I've loved it so much for so long. No objectivity. Read it and weep. read more
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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!read more
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I read The Moviegoer at least once every year. This is my favorite novel.read more
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I've loved it so much for so long. No objectivity. Read it and weep.
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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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I read The Moviegoer at least once every year. This is my favorite novel.
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The Moviegoer is a coming-of-age story of a twenty-nine year old, 'Binx' Bolling, who works in a suburb of New Orleans at a brokerage firm. Binx doesn't know himself very well. Although he claims to enjoy the mediocrity of his life at the branch office in Gentilly, he at the same time fears the everyday-ness of life. His aunt believes him to have an analytical mind, whereas he believes he has never analyzed anything, meanwhile he continually analyzes himself and everyone else in this first-person narrative. The most charming and at the same time disturbing aspect of this work is Binx's relationships to other women, because he proves to be a moody lover, and is unaware of what he wants. He admires his secretary's (Sharon) beauty, but while they embrace on the beach, he experiences the realization that he does not "love her so wildly as I loved her last night."This might be a good book for teenagers, because of Binx's struggles with identity and the everyday aspects of life that he associates with malaise, despair, and deadness, but much of the book seems rather pointless.
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The novel is a winner of the National Book Award relating the story of Binx Bolling who is the moviegoer--a New Orleans young man who lives for the celluloid fantasy of the screen. He finds himself involved though with a beauty who pulls him towards disaster during Mardi Gras week that will change both of their lives.
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A tough one to rate. After reading fast paced Bond and Dave Robicheaux novels a subtle slice of life from the past in a southern novel was initially slow. But reading is not all constant suspense and titillation. This book from the past and its references to the past and the near combustible southern future was a well written thoughtful look at modern life and how one should live it. In a time that today we may think of as almost pre-modern people were struggling with change and how to live in it. Just like today. Truly thought provoking with racial references and attitudes which would possibly not be allowed in today's works.
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