Winner of the National Book Award.
Synopses & Reviews
When The Moviegoer
was first published in 1961, it won the National Book Award and established Walker Percy as one of the supplest and most deftly modulated new voices in Southern literature. In his portrait of a boyish New Orleans stockbroker wavering between ennui and the longing for redemption, Percy managed to combine Bourbon Street elegance with the spiritual urgency of a Russian novel.
On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Binx Bolling is adrift. He occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent from this real life. But one fateful Mardi gras, Binx embarks on a quest a harebrained search for authenticity that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin, Kate, and sends him reeling through the gaudy chaos of the French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.
"Mr. Percy is a breathtakingly 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
"Percy remains one of our finest living writers, and his ethical concerns and philosophical depth put him in a class by himself." Robert Royal, National Review
This acclaimed novel is narrated by Binx Bolling, a businessman from a genteel Louisiana family. Binx finds peace by going to the movies, but he is haunted by what he calls "malaise," a combination of depression and despair. His search for meaning and authenticity in his life forms the action of this novel.
The dazzling novel, written in 1961, that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback edition. "A brilliant novel. . . . . Percy touches the rim of so many human mysteries"--"Harper's".
About the Author
Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1937, and became a Doctor of Medicine at Columbia University in 1941. The Moviegoer, his first novel, was awarded the 1962 National Book Award for Fiction. Mr. 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). Walker Percy died in 1990.