The Moviegoer by Walker Percy - October Meetup (Silver Spring)

The TPBCMG book for October 2013 is The Moviegoer by Walker PercyThe Moviegoer is Percy's debut novel, first published in 1961. It won the U.S. National Book Award and Time magazine included it in its "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005."  In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Moviegoer sixtieth on its list of the hundred best English-language novels of the twentieth century.

The Moviegoer tells the story of Binx Bolling, a young stock-broker in postwar New Orleans. The decline of southern U.S. tradition, the problems of his family and his traumatic experiences in the Korean War have left him alienated from his own life. He day-dreams constantly, has trouble engaging in lasting relationships and finds more meaning and immediacy in movies and books than in his own routine life.  The plot follows Binx Bolling as he breaks out of his caged everyday life and launches himself on a journey, a quest, in "search" of his inner self. He wanders the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter, Chicago, and travels the Gulf Coast, where he is constantly challenged to define himself in relation to friends, family, sweet-hearts and career despite his urge to remain vague and open to possibility.

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  • Mitch

    The meeting, of course, was terrific. The club remains my kind of meetup. (The book, on the other hand . . .

    October 18, 2013

  • Mitch

    Good decision. That plot twist you're waiting for, that stepping up of the pace of the action, that epiphany . . . not gonna happen.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't finished the book, but after the discussion, I'm not sure it is going anywhere other than more of the same.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My trip got cancelled, so if I get off the wait list, I'll come.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not having much luck. I've started the book and like it but I just found out I'm going out of town on the 17th and won't be back in time to make book club. Sigrid

    October 11, 2013

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