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The Moviegoer By Walker Percy, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy 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. The Moviegoer The Moviegoer Walker Percy Books Feb , 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 The Book Review Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and . The Moviegoer A Novel by Walker Percy, Paperback Barnes The Moviegoer is a must read for anyone interested in existentialism, or who also enjoys Camus or Hesse However, like just about any existential story, you cannot sit and wait for a plot twist to keep you interested the real enjoyment of such novels comes through the interpretation of the author s message. The Moviegoer Summary eNotes The Moviegoer was Walker Percy s first novel, and it won the National Book Award The book did not, however, immediately attract a large number of THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy Kirkus Reviews An existentialist novel is keyed at the start by a few lines from Kierkegaard.e specific character of despair is precisely this it is unaware of being despair and if it begins at the same point of Kierkegaard s aesthetic mystique man s pursuit of pleasure , it closes without reaching any finite revelation Jack Binx Boiling lives in New Orleans, and his attempt to escape from a Moviegoer Definition of Moviegoer by Merriam Webster English Language Learners Definition of moviegoer chiefly US a person who goes to a theater to watch movies See the full definition for moviegoer in The Moviegoer Summary and Analysis like SparkNotes BookSlut The Moviegoer BookSlut reviews tend to be lengthy and written in a conversational and occasionally irreverent style Containing political themes, humor, and occasional profanity, reviews include a detailed plot review and discussion of themes and writing style Important quotes from the book often are included. My Childish, Unhealthy, Joyous Obsession With The Moviegoer Mar , So I began reading The Moviegoer over and over again I m still going today I have, over the years, worn out at least three paperback editions of Ratings and Reviews for New Movies and TV Shows is the world s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content Find ratings and reviews for the newest movie and TV shows.

  • Title: The Moviegoer
  • Author: Walker Percy
  • ISBN: 9780375701962
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe 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 heWinner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe 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.
    The Moviegoer Winner of the National Book AwardThe 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 Mo

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    1. The fact is I am quite happy in a movie,even a bad movieWhat 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 the kitten found Orson Wells in the doorway in the Third Man Binx Bolling is floating through life He survived the Korean War and was fortunate enough to come 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 Orlea [...]

    2. 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 of Carnival leading up to his thirtieth birthday on Ash Wednesday Binx is an avid and successful skirtchaser, but he really loves his stepcousin Kate, a manic depressive The book tells us that a life spent seeking happiness is almost doomed to failure, that happiness, both as a concept and as a realit [...]

    3. 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 movies.a lot But Binx is not happy, he is stuck, going without direction, without purpose problem is, he doesn t know where to go, what to do next His distant cousin, Kate Cutrer, he can relate to She is also stuck, mainly because she suffers severe psychological issues There is a connection with them, they [...]

    4. 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, 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 Get a l [...]

    5. 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 book review supplement Aside from short essays on book related topics think pithier versions of chapters in Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris , he invites readers to submit their own five most recent selections from which he divines the next one that should go on the list It s a fun exercise for someone like the [...]

    6. 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 ballIf that s all there is Jerry Leiber Mike StollerIf Walker Percy s The Moviegoer ever hits the screen, I m sure Peggy Lee singing Is That All There Is will be on the soundtrack And, if Binx Bolling is there to see it, I wonder if he ll recognize himself.Not in the mood for a little Camus No Jean Pa [...]

    7. I come away from The Moviegoer with very mixed feelings Walker Percy was a beautiful writer, and I found myself reading several passages than once just to enjoy the language, but I think I may be too old, even at 35, to truly appreciate and connect with a novel driven almost completely by existential feelings It s not that I never personally feel existential dread I do, far often than I d like but, for the most part, I got the reading of these types of novels out of my system as a teenager Tha [...]

    8. Southern ExistentialismNew 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 yet within the next few hours the tourist is apt to see nuns and naked women than he ever saw before.Walker PercyI love this Percy quote because he so aptly captures the essence of this city below sea level, affectionately known as The Big Easy Walker Percy was awarded the National Book Award for this 19 [...]

    9. I m a sucker for books that employ existential musings in a way that feels genuine and unforced thus, I greatly enjoyed The Moviegoer It s an ambitious novel for one so slim it skims many weighty topics, from hedonism and his better dressed twin, capitalism , to religion s place in America, to the nature of responsibility and that of her incubus, apathy , to mental health and paranoia There is even a nice riff on Salinger where Percy replaces Holden s phonies with those who are dead in their hol [...]

    10. Let me preface this by saying that I m quite sure that nothing in this review will come close to equalling the great one Jeffrey Keeten did, which I am purposely not rereading until after I write this, as it will intimidate the heck out of me Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    11. Nothing like a boring book to put a damper on reading I can t remember the exact day that I started this book, but it feels like forever ago For a 200 some page book, it felt like a 1000 page book, and just dragged on for a long time The main character Binx Bolling who names their kid Binx , is a well to do business man, who enjoys chasing women, seeing movies, and can t seem to find a purpose to his life In the book, there s about five interesting events, six entertaining converstations, three [...]

    12. In the running for the 1962 National Book Award Joseph Heller for Catch 22Richard Yates for Revolutionary RoadJ.D Salinger for Franny ZooeySomehow, 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 This very eveni [...]

    13. 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 recent Oscar laureateThe 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 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 per day The actual novel [...]

    14. When I was a junior in high school, my favorite English teacher told us about Walker Percy He lived across Lake Pontchartrain, she said, and she made him sound like a reclusive eccentric He had a new book out, she told us, called Lancelot and highly recommended his Love in the Ruins We didn t read him in class, but I heard enough about him to be intrigued and I read him on my own Though my teacher had introduced me to him, I felt like he was my own discovery.I don t remember the first time I rea [...]

    15. Binx Bolling.He s the most boring man aliveHe finds all he needs in a movie theater.Driving cars gives him a feeling of malaise.He carries war scars, he doesn t share.He awakes in the grip of everydayness it s the enemy, with no escape.He doesn t always go to the movies, but when does he goes as a moviegoer He is the most boring man alive.

    16. John Binx Bolling will soon be turning 30 An ex Korean war soldier, he is adrift A lost soul searching for signs where to go, what to do with his life, or even what his existence means He works in the office as a stockbroker sharing his office with his secretary, Sharon who he is secretly in love with When he goes home, he busies himself reading his books Arabia Deserta, Charterhouse of Pharma, The Prophet, etc and seeing movies The Ox Bow Incident, It Happened One Night, Young Philadelphian, Fo [...]

    17. The Sacramental Kiss of a Bloody FingerBinx Bolling marries Kate Cutrer, even though a bystander, much less the Cutrer family, would not have suspected these two were in love The Moviegoer is the strange story of one week of Binx s life, on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, which happens to fall on Ash Wednesday Binx is searching for something in life, but for what he is not too sure He is just a normal guy living in Gentilly, a New Orleans suburb, with a normal stockbroker job in a fine office [...]

    18. I wasn t sure how much I would like this book when I started, but by the final page I loved it so much I m going to have to put it on my re read shelf This book contains a lot in it s 240 pages family love and responsibility, class systems in the south, subtle racism, feelings of despair and elation, and the search for meaning in one s life There is also a lot of wisdom and AHA moments for the reader, written in elegant prose.Two of my favorite sentences Life goes on and on we go Ours is the onl [...]

    19. Is the war over yet Jack Bolling is a soldier who comes from a long line of soldiers Jack served in Korea, his dad died in World War II, other relatives served in World War I, some in the Civil War The fiercest warrior of them all is Jack s Aunt Emily She s single womanly upholding Southern Tradition and all she has to work with is Jack Sadly Jack is still fighting his war in his mind and heart even as he successfully makes money, chases women and of course prowls movie theaters He s damaged and [...]

    20. I heard somewhere that actors and actresses almost always end up seeing psychiatrists They are forced to empty themselves and fill themselves up with the fictional life details and personality of their character to such an immersive depth that they themselves have to believe that is who they are to pull it off But the catch is, once they do this trick several times it becomes harder and harder to go back to the way things were How would one accomplish this Would one, by method, begin playing one [...]

    21. Ever since finishing Walker Percy s The Moviegoer I ve been struggling to write some kind of review Not even a good review, just something which expresses what I think about the book What is so difficult about this book The Moviegoer has been called an existential novel and it won the prestigious National Book Award for 1962 beating out other better known contenders for that year such as, Joseph Heller s Catch 22 and J.D Salinger s Franny and ZooeyAs an existential novel, The Moviegoer, has been [...]

    22. Before I read the Moviegoer my only real exposure to Walker Percy was reading A Confederacy of Dunces a novel not written by Percy, but one which he discovered, published and wrote the forward to and through his friendship with Shelby Foote Anyway, fifty pages into the Moviegoer , I was ready to declare my undying love for Walker Percy The Moviegoer reminded me of a southern Catholic Graham Greene F Scott Fitzgerald William Gaddis With Greene s Catholic ambiguity and Fitzgerald s sad, romantic t [...]

    23. The ending is one of the best I ve ever read, and there are splendid passages here and there but Binx Bolling is just an annoying, myopic, self obsessed, rueful little twerp

    24. So many writers distrust words, so many artists distrust images and ideas, that they turn the stuff of their material against itself As the protagonist of The Moviegoer says, the only sign is that all signs in the world make no difference Not that one should look to Binx Boller as a profound philosopher, of course, for he is a plaything of the author, a character made of words, albeit one who recognises that much thought, vocalisation and action is a responsive twitch The characters herein are c [...]

    25. O carte bine scris , la care, din p cate, nu m am putut conecta.Mi a pl cut personajul principal, John Binx Bolling, dar de la distan Ra ional, am apreciat sensibilitatea lui aparte, care l f cea s simt alienarea celorlal i i s reac ioneze la ea cu n elegere i compasiune , starea lor de mor i vii f r tr iri intense i f r idealuri , care l f cea s se simt speriat la culme de lehamite apatie i de a dreptul sufocat de cotidian S ar spune c un astfel de personaj e destinat unor fapte m re e i va aju [...]

    26. Okay so here s the deal, it s puzzling to me that this book appears on so many Top 100 Novels lists I ll forever remember it or rather, easily forget it as That book about rich white people in New Orleans who don t have any real problems I guess it didn t help that I read this after coming off the harrowing Native Son and The Grapes of Wrath , two epic journeys of oppressed peoples who wrestle with genuine life and death problems The main problem for the protagonist in The Moviegoer is that he s [...]

    27. This novel proved to be different than expected in spite of the reviews I d read prior to picking up the book It is so introspective and has very little to do objectively with the world of film But it has a lot to do with movies One quote near the end seemed to sum up that conundrum for me As Binx describes a man met on the bus returning to New Orleans, the man he has labeled the romantic , He is a moviegoer, though of course he does not go to movies For me, this summed up Binx and his place in [...]

    28. Liked but preferred The Last Gentleman He actually made reference to where I live which is remarkable because when this was written it was just a dot on the map.

    29. Binx Bolling, colpa mia o colpa del tuo autore Io sono una di quelle a cui basta poco per essere convinta della scelta E in questo caso il pacchetto era piuttosto invitante un titolo accattivante e con rimandi alla mia persona talmente evidenti che non li potevo ignorare, un offerta praticamente gratuita, visto che il libro era della biblioteca, e un depliant accattivante rimandi allo Straniero di Camus, una certa Ricerca che il protagonista compie, un senso di alienazione, la sua passione per i [...]

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