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.
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, right in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Moviegoer is my favorite book so far. I guess I' just an atheist Catholic like Percy.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, I really wanted to come to this meeting because I didn't like the book or the characters in it. I was hoping somebody could point out the error of my ways. But maybe it's hopeless. I didn't like Hemingway either.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, the garage door opener died in fully open position. I am stuck guarding my castle.

    June 5, 2013

    • Jacky

      I'm glad you're not stuck IN the garage! :)

      June 6, 2013

  • Andy

    Good discussion and insights by everyone. I enjoyed it.

    June 6, 2013

  • Connie S.

    I'm in the process of moving so haven't been able to read the book. Hope to Join you in August.

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it! Taking a friend visiting from out of town to the airport. I hope I can make the next meet up!

    June 3, 2013

  • CAROL S

    Can't make the meetup since I was never able to get the book from my library...maybe next month...

    June 2, 2013

  • Jon C.

    I'll be late but hope to make it to the tail end if the discussion.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jacky

    There was a recommendation by Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute and the author of biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. He wrote: "I read this book when I was a kid and was mesmerized by its subtle grace. A simple tale about a week in the life of a New Orleans stockbroker, it poked and pried at the essential questions we wrestle with such as 'Why are we here?' and 'How are we supposed to live our lives?' It made me want to be a writer."

    2 · May 6, 2013

  • Jacky

    I subscribe to Real Simple magaxine. The June issue had a feature entitled 50 Books That Will Change Your Life. On the list was our next book The Moviegoer.

    May 6, 2013

  • valerie

    I look forward to reading this book. This discussion group is so good for me because I love to read. Belonging to this group is an opportunity for me to acquaint myself with books that I may have never read. I'm anticipating reading literature that I have read because of the discussion with group members.

    April 14, 2013

  • Jean

    Sound like a good read-

    February 14, 2013

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