The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer Review

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 secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans' French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.

Title:The Moviegoer
Edition Language:English

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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    “The fact is I am quite happy in a movie,even a bad movie...What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time t...

  • Chuck Lowry

    This is my favorite novel of all time. It is the story of Binx Bolling, a successful, socially prominent New Orleans stockbroker from an old and wealthy family, and how he faces his life in the week o...

  • Duane

    **This review contains spoilers**New Orleans, 1960's. Jack "Binx" Bolling is 30, comes from a well off background, makes his money as a stock broker, and likes girls, and oh yes, he likes going to mov...

  • Fabian

    Shitty, shitty book with no plot & worse, no climax, whatsoever. Just...pretty mega-baffling!...

  • Rachel

    I couldn't get through this book. Percy writes a detailed and interesting setting, and a meandering narrator/main character.But really, I think the same way about this as I do books like Emma-- As in,...

  • Lawyer

    The Moviegoer: Walker Percy's Novel of "If That's All There Is"Is that all there is, is that all there isIf that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancingLet's break out the booze and have a ...

  • Steve

    All hail the Biblioracle, for his powers are immense. I realize that many of you will not be acquainted with this prophet of proper book choices. He writes a column for the Chicago Tribune’s weekly ...

  • LeAnne

    EDIT: today, this statue of Walker was placed near the river where we kayak. It is also the annual weekend of his memorial literary fest in St Francisville. I feel lucky to live where we do. Novelist ...

  • Perry

    Southern Existentialism New Orleans is both intimately related to the South and yet in a real sense cut adrift not only from the South but the rest of Louisiana.... A proper enough American city and ...

  • Daniel

    I come away from "The Moviegoer" with very mixed feelings. Walker Percy was a beautiful writer, and I found myself reading several passages more than once just to enjoy the language, but I think I may...