The 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 h...more
Binx Bolling is floating through life. He survived the Korean War even came back with a good wound, a shoulder wound, that allowed him to leave the conflict with honor. He lives in Gentilly, a middle class suburb of New Orleans. He has a bo...more
He works and in his spare time goes to movies soley or with women.
He talks of his searching, for that something else in life and he has long talks with his aunt, she's wise and gives him the advice he needs.
This is set in the town of Gentilly, an annual Carnival is to take place while all this soul searching of the main character occurs.
I found it at times humorous, here and there it did lull a bit, it is a slow burne...more
A large part of that is that I'm still digesting the book, still unsure what it means to me, to others. There is that dissociated drift of the main character still meandering around my head, and I'm not sure if it will ever come to roost. Which is one of B...more
I don't know what I was expecting, a nostalgic trip through the golden hours of cinema history, something along the lines of Truffaut or of the more recent Oscar laureate The Artist ? I didn't even pay attention to the year of publication (1961) or the setting (New Orleans). Mostly the impulse to pick it up came from a goodreads review full of great movie posters, and I was looking for something to validate my own obsession with the silver screen magic ( I had periods when I watched 2-3 movies...more
It's a story about redemption, situated in the American South.
One of my favourite works in American literature.
But really, I think the same way about this as I do books like Emma-- As in, why do I care if rich idiots are sad about their affluent lifestyle that is free of any socio-economic or actual danger?
Oh, poor rich white middle-aged depressed man, who makes a lot of money, is breathlessly racist and sexist, and spends all his time manuvering to get his secretaries into bed.
Percy has a way of bringing out the very puzzles of existence, and discomforts of living in the world, in the most fragile ways. As people live "normal" lives around the main characters, those characters struggle...more
Walker Percy's writing is heavily influenced by modernism, Christianity, and the South.
Some felt Percy's moviegoing was a sign of his easy-going nature. He felt movies were a complex escape,...and more intense, more real, than everyday life.
In an interview, Percy commented, "For a lot of people, the mov...more
The way I've always figured it there are 3 kinds of good writers. Those that are good storytellers, those that are good writers and those that are both. And, of course, those writers that are both are actually great writers.
This book shows Walker Percy to be a good writer, but he falls short in the storytelling department. I love the way he writes, especially the way...more
The book follows Binx Bolling, who not only literally watches movies but also watches people and life in his grand quest. The setting is New Orleans around Mardi Gras, and the cast of characters includes Binx's matriarchal Southern family. Th...more
Joseph Heller for Catch 22
Richard Yates for Revolutionary Road
J.D. Salinger for Franny & Zooey
Somehow, Walker Percy's The Moviegoer won. So, I read it.
I guess it kind of redeems itself towards the end, but for much of the first 100 pages or so, it was filled with sickening Southern witticisms and references to by-gone nonsense. Too much about the "malaise" and the "genie-soul" - which means what exactly?
And, what kind of grandiose shit is this...more
This novel is not what I would call "plot-driven", but rather it is "theme-driven". If you only like page-turners with exciting plots, this is not the n...more
I'm not going to try to make a scholarly essay out of this short review, though... that's already been done many times, I'm sure. I was impressed, by the drawling Southern cadences of Percy's prose, and his easy specif...more
Winner of the 1961 National Book Award
The 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 secreta
-The implications of religion in today's society.
-The disconnect between the romantic's view of the world and that of the businessman, who dutifully performs his daily task with no vision or hope for a better situation.
-How does one find purpose in a "wasteland" scenario?
-Are we trying too...more
Percy, Walker (1960). The Moveigoer; New York: Knopf
This American existentialist story is set after the Korean war, in the 1950’s. As with many post-war novels it asks what meaning a person can find in ordinary life after the horrors of war. War negates meaning, especially for those who fight it. Today, as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan to a depressed, jobless economy, the question is as sharp as ever.
Binx Bolling, Korean war veteran, belongs to an aristoc...more
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