The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

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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 AmericaOn 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.
 

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Walker Percy, born in Alabama, raised in Mississippi, and a former resident of Louisiana, was a member of a prominent Southern family who lost his parents at an early age and grew up as the foster son of his father's cousin. Percy graduated from the University of North Carolina and received his M.D. from Columbia, but was a nonpracticing physician who devoted much of his life to his writing. Percy's witty and provocative first novel, The Moviegoer (1961), won the 1962 National Book Award, but Charles Poore considers The Last Gentleman (1966) "an even better book." Love in the Ruins (1971) marks a sharp change in method and subject from the first two novels. A doomsday story set "at the end of the Auto Age," it exposes many foibles and abuses in contemporary life through sharp satire and extravagant fantasy. Whereas Love in the Ruins is funny, Percy's next novel, Lancelot (1977) is the rather bleak and pessimistic story of a deranged man who blows up his home when he finds proof of his wife's infidelities and then tells his story in an asylum for the mentally disturbed. Its apocalyptic vision is expressed in a more positive and affirmative way in The Second Coming (1980), which takes its title from the fact that it resurrects the character of Will Barret from The Last Gentleman and locates him, a quarter-century older, finding love and meaning in a cave.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Open Road Media. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics. Fiction

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In Intermittent scenes -- from the settled middle class solidity of his aunt's home, to the beach, to the bayou, back country, rundown house where his mother is casually bringing up a brood by a second husband, we follow Binx on his "search"-which ultimately brings him to a certain point of resol...

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Percy's other novels include “The Last Gentleman” (1966), “Love in the Ruins” (1971), “Lancelot” (1977), “The Second Coming” (1980), and “The Thanatos Syndrome” (1987), and two volumes of essays, “The Message in the Bottle” (1975) and “Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book” (1983).

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In a letter written several months later to the novelist and critic Caroline Gordon, a friend and also a Catholic writer, Percy complained that The Moviegoer had been “almost universally misunderstood,” and most misunderstood by those who seemed to most admire it: “It was received as a novel of ‘...

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Really the only time when Binx could be said to perform this search is on a trip with his latest secretary and an aborted trip to Chicago with his suicidal cousin Kate, whom he's devoted to if not actually loves.

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The Millions

I don't mean to make a fetish out of printed books, and I'm not asking to burn (or delete) ebooks, or their devices.

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The Millions

I had never heard of this book before I started working at the book store, and it seems to be one of those books that is half-remembered and dimly loved by those who read it decades ago.

Jul 20 2004 | Read Full Review of The Moviegoer

The Paris Review

It was considered a huge upset when The Moviegoer beat out Catch-22, Revolutionary Road, and Franny and Zooey for the 1962 National Book Award.

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