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This elegantly written account of a young man's search for signs of purpose in the universe is one of the great existential texts of the postwar era and is really funny besides. Binx Bolling, inveterate cinemaphile, contemplative rake and man of the periphery, tries hedonism and tries doing the right thing, but ultimately finds redemption (or at least the prospect of it) by taking a leap of faith and quite literally embracing what only seems irrational. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Mr. Percy is a brethtakingly brilliant writer." --The New York Times Book Review
"Clothed in originality, intelligence, and a fierce regard for man's fate. . . . Percy has a rare talent for making his people look and sound as though they were being seen and heard for the first time by anyone." --Time
"A brilliant novel. . . . Percy touches the rim of so many human mysteries." --Harper's --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Walker Percy wrote the Moviegoer, a Southern novel with William Faulkner and Truman Capote in mind. The latter writers were certainly more famous though Percy won the National... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by R. A Rubin
Subtle, well-crafted, and entertaining, certainly this multifaceted and edifying story is well worth the reading. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
The moviegoer is the story of a man who manages to put off questioning his life decisions until his 30th birthday, when they all come into question. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
This book came out quite a while back and it's still around. The reason for this probably has more to do with the wonderful character of Binx Bolling that it does with the... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
This novel is good but I never got into it. It has too many references to movies and pop culture from that time that went over my head since I haven't seen any of them. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by John I. Provan
Last June (under a year ago), I read this novel for the first time. I just finished reading it for the fifth time. I have never read a novel with which I related more. Read morePublished on May 11 2003 by Oddsfish
Maybe that's what Percy wanted it to be, like Binx himself, but as such, it's pretty dang dull. And that's hard to do when you set the story in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by dudesimon
This novel is number 60 on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, and it is the only Walker Percy novel on that list. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by K J Foehr