The Moviegoer

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Random House, Inc.
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 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.

Baker & Taylor
Kate's desperate struggle to maintain her sanity forces her cousin Binx to relinquish his dreamworld

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The late author's classic novel, a winner of the National Book Award, follows a young New Orleans stockbroker who resorts to movies to fill his life on a hare-brained quest during Mardi Gras. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Authors: Percy, Walker, 1916-1990
Statement of Responsibility: Walker Percy
Title: The moviegoer
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1998, c1960
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Characteristics: 241 p ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published 1961; copyright renewed 1989
Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) Fiction Psychological fiction Stockbrokers Fiction Young men Fiction
Topical Term: Psychological fiction
Young men
LCCN: 61007754
ISBN: 0375701966
Branch Call Number: FIC P
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1962 National Book Award - Fiction

Feb 23, 2011
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An atmospheric novel set in New Orleans, detailing one man's search for meaning in his life. Quirky and lightly philosophical, 'The Moviegoer' is a short but dense read. Highly recommended if you enjoy more substantial southern literature.


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Aug 07, 2011
  • callaottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

- One of the Southern writers, despite very little action, I liked how he drew you into and painted his family – his aunt, uncle and his strange and damaged cousin, Kate. I liked it. 8/10


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