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movie-goer by Walker Percy

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Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode in London .
Written in English



  • New Orleans (La.)


  • Young men -- Fiction,
  • Stockbrokers -- Fiction,
  • New Orleans (La.) -- Fiction

Book details:

Edition Notes

Original title: The moviegoer.

StatementWalker Percy.
LC ClassificationsPS3566.E6912 M68 1963
The Physical Object
Pagination241 p. ;
Number of Pages241
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2811040M
LC Control Number83244557

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Walker Percy’s debut novel, The Moviegoer, was published in and won the National Book Award. The novel’s protagonist, Binx Bolling, is a young stockbroker living in a suburb of New Orleans.   An existentialist novel is keyed at the start by a few lines from Kierkegaard specific character of despair is precisely this; it is unaware of being despair.) and if it begins at the same point of Kierkegaard's aesthetic mystique (man's pursuit of pleasure), it closes without reaching any finite revelation. Jack Binx Boiling lives in New Orleans, and his attempt to escape from a world Author: Walker Percy. 26 rows    The moviegoer by Walker Percy, , Knopf edition, in English - [1st ed.]. The Moviegoer was Walker Percy’s first novel, and it won the National Book Award. The book did not, however, immediately attract a large number of readers. Its hero’s quest for meaning includes.

This book came out of nowhere to with the National Book Award in Percy was a doctor disqualified from medical practice because of tuberculosis. He had published a few philosophical musings in minor journals. He was the definition of obscure. His book wasn’t even nominated for the award. Rate this book. Clear rating. 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. The Moviegoer by Walker Pe ratings, average rating, 2, reviews The Moviegoer Quotes Showing of 72 “Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.”.   And of course, Binx is a keen moviegoer, hence the title of the book. Hollywood plays and important role in the story. Percy even gives the veteran actor William Holden a walk-on part in the novel. The charismatic movie star can confer a kind of grace on Reviews: This detailed literature summary also contains Related Titles and a Free Quiz on The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. The main character of this novel is John Bolling, who also goes by a number of nicknames given to him by his friends, family and colleagues.

NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Hardcover. F/NF-. 1st edition, 1st printing. Author's first book. Winner of the National Book Award. A high point in Southern literature. Book has owner name on front fep. Jacket has minor chipping and rubbing at spine and flap fold ends, 1 inch tear at top of front panel and 1 inch tear Read more. About the author () Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in , graduated from the University of North Carolina in , and became a Doctor of Medicine at Columbia in The /5(43).   Winner of the National Book Award and one of Time magazine’s Best English-Language Novels, Walker Percy’s debut The Moviegoer is an American masterpiece and a classic of Southern literature. Insightful, romantic, and humorous, it is the story of a young man’s search for meaning amid a shallow consumerist : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ANALYSIS. The Moviegoer (). Walker Percy () “In The Moviegoer, which also appeared in —and was given the National Book Award over Catch- 22—there is an equivalent form of Percy’s is more undefined, what he calls a malaise. This malaise, which is not only existential angst, but Kierkegaard’s fear and trembling and even.