9780375701962

The Moviegoer

ISBN 10: 0375701966 / 0-375-70196-6
ISBN 13: 9780375701962
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

Winner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southernliterature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world withthe detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption hecannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupieshimself 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 embarkson a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, andsends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans' French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, richin irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.


Review:

"...a lean, tartly written, subtle, not very dramatic attack on the wholly bourgeois way of life and thinking in a 'gracious,' and 'historic' part of the South. But instead of becoming another satire on the South's retreat from its traditions, it [is], for all the narrator's bantering light tone, an altogether tragic and curiously noble study in the loneliness of necessary human perceptions."

Alfred Kazin, Harper's

Review:

"[The Moviegoer] remains Percy's purest and most exact description of that malady of extreme detachment from perception and action which allows the victim to make contact with reality only when he is first dislodged, with greater or less violence, from his accustomed perch."

Thomas Nagel, New York Review of Books

 

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