The Moviegoer

PDF The Moviegoer This is my favorite novel of all time It is the story of Binx Bolling a successful socially

PDF The Moviegoer This is my favorite novel of all time. It is the story of Binx Bolling, a successful, socially prominent New Orleans stockbroker from an old and wealthy family, and how he faces his life in the week of Carnival leading up to his thirtieth birthday on Ash Wednesday. Binx is an avid and successful skirtchaser, but he really loves his stepcousin Kate, a manic depressive. The book tells us that a life spent seeking happiness is almost doomed to failure, that happiness, both as a concept and as a reality, is difficult to grasp and difficult to retain. Instead we might strive for a life of alert, intelligent engagement with those around us. It will involve pain as well as pleasure, but it is an approach that gives us the possibility of authenticity. "Joy and sadness come by turns, I know now. Beauty and bravery make you sad, and victory breaks your heart, but life goes on, and on we go..." The six or seven major characters (just about the right number) show us how many ways there are of dealing with the world and with one another. We are not sure how the lives of Binx and Kate and the others "end up," but we see how the world affects them and they affect the world. This is, in a sense, a very modern novel. To give an example, there is a scene in which Kate comes to Binx at 3:00 in the morning. Binx has been warned by his aunt that this is a possibility, so he is sitting in the bus stop in front of his house when Kate's taxi pulls up. They discuss their lives and their possible marriage, and, as dawn approaches, the disease comes upon Kate again."Ohhhh," Kate groans, Kate herself now, "I'm so afraid.""I know.""What am I going to do?"You mean right now?""Yes.""First we'll go to my car. Then we'll drive to the French Market and get some coffee. Then we'll go home.""Is everything going to be all right?""Yes.""Tell me. Say it.""Everything is going to be all right."In an older, more classical literature, "Everything is going to be all right" would mean just that: I'll see to it that the bills are paid and your power-seeking brother won't kill your sons and the crops will come in every year. Binx knows that he is unable to give this kind of assurance, because life is not like that. I think that what his "Everything is going to be all right" means is that things may go well, things may not go well, but Binx will face it all with Kate, no matter the difficulties of standing with her. In this case, I am convinced, "Everything is going to be all right" is the functional equivalent of "I love you." And in the contemporary world, maybe that is the best we can do, and maybe it is enough.. The Moviegoer Viral Book Winner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.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 heWinner of the 1961 National Book AwardThe dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.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, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.. Walker Percy 1916 1990 was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a US senator Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titles including the classic novel The Moviegoer 1961 , winner of the National Book Award and fifteen works of nonfiction In 2005, Time magazine named The Moviegoer one of the best English language books published since 1923.. Good Kindle The Moviegoer “The fact is I am quite happy in a movie,even a bad movie...What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time the kitten found Orson Wells in the doorway in the Third Man.”Binx Bolling is floating through life. He survived the Korean War and was fortunate enough to come back with a good wound, a shoulder wound, that allowed him to leave the conflict with honor. He lives in Gentilly, a middle class suburb of New Orleans. He has a boring job as a stock broker (I forgive him.) which he is reasonably successful at. He comes from old money. He spends most of his spare time going to movies. The problem is he is about to turn 30 and his family, in particular his aunt, feels he needs to start making something more of his life. Binx struggles with the BIG SEARCH that mythical concept that he will stumble across sometime in the triangle of travel between work, movie theater, and home. He is much more comfortable with the little things, those moments of bliss not earned, but just experienced. “It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big search for the big happiness but the sad little happiness of drinks and kisses, a good little car and a warm deep thigh.”Binx hires secretaries, takes them to movies, makes love to them, and eventually they want something more. When that moment happens he knows he will be needing a new secretary soon. The latest woman to fall into his nest of need is Sharon Kincaid and he is showing great restraint in working with her for two weeks without asking her out. "I have not asked her for a date nor spoken of anything other than business. Yet the fact is that for two weeks I have thought of little else. She seems quite indifferent so far; and she is not really beautiful. She is a good-sized girl, at least five feet six and a hundred and thirty-five pounds--as big as a majorette--and her face is a little too short and pert, like one of those Renoir girls, and her eyes a little too yellow. Yet she has the most fearful soap-clean good looks. Her bottom is so beautiful that once as she crossed the room to the cooler I felt my eyes smart with tears of gratitude."The fact is Binx can have his dalliances, but his mate, the girl that is like a split half of him, is Kate Cutrer his cousin by marriage. She has lost one fiance in a car accident and her mind, though sharp, has fractured, and her fears are all consuming. Her family is afraid she is destined for suicide, but she reassures them that the thought of suicide is what allows her to enjoy life. "As if to emphasize her sallowness and thinness, she has changed into shirt and jeans. She is as frail as a ten year old, except in her thighs. Sometimes she speaks of her derrière, sticks it out Beale Street style and gives it a slap and this makes me blush because it is a very good one, marvelously ample and mysterious and nothing to joke about." Binx has no set ideas of his own except for his constant desire to see movies. He takes the suggestions of family and friends in stride, and tries to please everyone. When he gets offered a promotion his first thought is that he will lose his carefully cultivated life, but it never occurs to him to turn it down. When his aunt suggests he go to medical school again he agrees because he does not have a better idea of what he should be doing. Now Walker Percy was heavily influenced by the writings of the Existentialist movement as he was composing this novel. Even though he infuses an almost dream like quality and a passivity in the face of grinding monotony in the character Binx, I did not come away with the gloomy feelings that other reviewers have felt from reading this book. We only get to be with Binx for a week, but I really feel that he will do what he has to do, and he will be just fine as long as he continues to enjoy the movies, have time for his books, and occasional catch a glimpse of a nice pair of rounded calves. I have always had huge expectations for myself and the war might have done this for Binx, but for me it has just been pounding away at life. I don't want to "live large". I don't seek big promotions or accolades anymore. I want to read my books, spend time with my family; and yes, watch movies. In no way, shape, or form have I given up on life, but I have realized what is most important to me. Happiness is the little things and the BIG SEARCH is over for me. This is the second time I've read this novel and the second time was as good as the first with twenty plus years between readings. Highly recommended!!P.S. This is the book that I took with me to read for jury selection. I ended up being selected as the 12th juror. I had one foot out the door when they called me back. I decided to leave my juror paperwork tucked in the back of this book so someday when some shady book dealer like Dean Corso (The Ninth Gate)is pawing through my books it will flutter out and have to be read because book dealers are infinitely curious.If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten
The Moviegoer Percy, Walker Books 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 The Moviegoer The Moviegoer A Novel by Walker Percy, Paperback Barnes Jan , 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 landscape. The Moviegoer A Novel FSG Classics Percy, Walker, Elie The Moviegoer strikes me as a solid, very good star The novel has little plot to speak of Essentially it s a character study of a young stockbroker who s been traumatized by the Korean War and disillusioned by the fantasies of New Orleans in the s and s. 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. The Moviegoer novel by Percy Britannica The Moviegoer, novel by Walker Percy, published in It won a National Book Award The story is a philosophical exploration of the problem of personal identity, narrated by Binx Bolling, a successful but alienated businessman.

  1. Walker Percy 1916 1990 was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the oldest of three brothers in an established Southern family that contained both a Civil War hero and a US senator Acclaimed for his poetic style and moving depictions of the alienation of modern American culture, Percy was the bestselling author of six fiction titles including the classic novel The Moviegoer 1961 , winner of the National Book Award and fifteen works of nonfiction In 2005, Time magazine named The Moviegoer one of the best English language books published since 1923.

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  1. The fact is I am quite happy in a movie,even a bad movieWhat I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time the kitten found Orson Wells in the doorway in the Third Man Binx Bolling is floating through life He survived the Korean War and was fortunate enough to come back with a good wound, a shoulder wound, that allowed him to leave the conflict with honor He lives in Gentilly, a middle class suburb of New Orlea [...]


  2. This is my favorite novel of all time It is the story of Binx Bolling, a successful, socially prominent New Orleans stockbroker from an old and wealthy family, and how he faces his life in the week of Carnival leading up to his thirtieth birthday on Ash Wednesday Binx is an avid and successful skirtchaser, but he really loves his stepcousin Kate, a manic depressive The book tells us that a life spent seeking happiness is almost doomed to failure, that happiness, both as a concept and as a realit [...]


  3. This review contains spoilers New Orleans, 1960 s Jack Binx Bolling is 30, comes from a well off background, makes his money as a stock broker, and likes girls, and oh yes, he likes going to movies.a lot But Binx is not happy, he is stuck, going without direction, without purpose problem is, he doesn t know where to go, what to do next His distant cousin, Kate Cutrer, he can relate to She is also stuck, mainly because she suffers severe psychological issues There is a connection with them, they [...]


  4. I couldn t get through this book Percy writes a detailed and interesting setting, and a meandering narrator main character.But really, I think the same way about this as I do books like Emma As in, why do I care if rich idiots are sad about their affluent lifestyle that is free of any socio economic or actual danger Oh, poor rich white middle aged depressed man, who makes a lot of money, is breathlessly racist and sexist, and spends all his time manuvering to get his secretaries into bed Get a l [...]



  5. All hail the Biblioracle, for his powers are immense I realize that many of you will not be acquainted with this prophet of proper book choices He writes a column for the Chicago Tribune s weekly book review supplement Aside from short essays on book related topics think pithier versions of chapters in Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris , he invites readers to submit their own five most recent selections from which he divines the next one that should go on the list It s a fun exercise for someone like the [...]


  6. The Moviegoer Walker Percy s Novel of If That s All There Is Is that all there is, is that all there isIf that s all there is my friends, then let s keep dancingLet s break out the booze and have a ballIf that s all there is Jerry Leiber Mike StollerIf Walker Percy s The Moviegoer ever hits the screen, I m sure Peggy Lee singing Is That All There Is will be on the soundtrack And, if Binx Bolling is there to see it, I wonder if he ll recognize himself.Not in the mood for a little Camus No Jean Pa [...]


  7. I come away from The Moviegoer with very mixed feelings Walker Percy was a beautiful writer, and I found myself reading several passages than once just to enjoy the language, but I think I may be too old, even at 35, to truly appreciate and connect with a novel driven almost completely by existential feelings It s not that I never personally feel existential dread I do, far often than I d like but, for the most part, I got the reading of these types of novels out of my system as a teenager Tha [...]


  8. Southern ExistentialismNew Orleans is both intimately related to the South and yet in a real sense cut adrift not only from the South but the rest of Louisiana A proper enough American city and yet within the next few hours the tourist is apt to see nuns and naked women than he ever saw before.Walker PercyI love this Percy quote because he so aptly captures the essence of this city below sea level, affectionately known as The Big Easy Walker Percy was awarded the National Book Award for this 19 [...]


  9. I m a sucker for books that employ existential musings in a way that feels genuine and unforced thus, I greatly enjoyed The Moviegoer It s an ambitious novel for one so slim it skims many weighty topics, from hedonism and his better dressed twin, capitalism , to religion s place in America, to the nature of responsibility and that of her incubus, apathy , to mental health and paranoia There is even a nice riff on Salinger where Percy replaces Holden s phonies with those who are dead in their hol [...]


  10. Let me preface this by saying that I m quite sure that nothing in this review will come close to equalling the great one Jeffrey Keeten did, which I am purposely not rereading until after I write this, as it will intimidate the heck out of me Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  11. Nothing like a boring book to put a damper on reading I can t remember the exact day that I started this book, but it feels like forever ago For a 200 some page book, it felt like a 1000 page book, and just dragged on for a long time The main character Binx Bolling who names their kid Binx , is a well to do business man, who enjoys chasing women, seeing movies, and can t seem to find a purpose to his life In the book, there s about five interesting events, six entertaining converstations, three [...]


  12. In the running for the 1962 National Book Award Joseph Heller for Catch 22Richard Yates for Revolutionary RoadJ.D Salinger for Franny ZooeySomehow, Walker Percy s The Moviegoer won So, I read it.I guess it kind of redeems itself towards the end, but for much of the first 100 pages or so, it was filled with sickening Southern witticisms and references to by gone nonsense Too much about the malaise and the genie soul which means what exactly And, what kind of grandiose shit is this This very eveni [...]


  13. I don t know what I was expecting, a nostalgic trip through the golden hours of cinema history, something along the lines of Truffaut or of the recent Oscar laureateThe Artist I didn t even pay attention to the year of publication 1961 or the setting New Orleans Mostly the impulse to pick it up came from a review full of great movie posters, and I was looking for something to validate my own obsession with the silver screen magic I had periods when I watched 2 3 movies per day The actual novel [...]


  14. When I was a junior in high school, my favorite English teacher told us about Walker Percy He lived across Lake Pontchartrain, she said, and she made him sound like a reclusive eccentric He had a new book out, she told us, called Lancelot and highly recommended his Love in the Ruins We didn t read him in class, but I heard enough about him to be intrigued and I read him on my own Though my teacher had introduced me to him, I felt like he was my own discovery.I don t remember the first time I rea [...]


  15. Binx Bolling.He s the most boring man aliveHe finds all he needs in a movie theater.Driving cars gives him a feeling of malaise.He carries war scars, he doesn t share.He awakes in the grip of everydayness it s the enemy, with no escape.He doesn t always go to the movies, but when does he goes as a moviegoer He is the most boring man alive.


  16. John Binx Bolling will soon be turning 30 An ex Korean war soldier, he is adrift A lost soul searching for signs where to go, what to do with his life, or even what his existence means He works in the office as a stockbroker sharing his office with his secretary, Sharon who he is secretly in love with When he goes home, he busies himself reading his books Arabia Deserta, Charterhouse of Pharma, The Prophet, etc and seeing movies The Ox Bow Incident, It Happened One Night, Young Philadelphian, Fo [...]


  17. The Sacramental Kiss of a Bloody FingerBinx Bolling marries Kate Cutrer, even though a bystander, much less the Cutrer family, would not have suspected these two were in love The Moviegoer is the strange story of one week of Binx s life, on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, which happens to fall on Ash Wednesday Binx is searching for something in life, but for what he is not too sure He is just a normal guy living in Gentilly, a New Orleans suburb, with a normal stockbroker job in a fine office [...]


  18. I wasn t sure how much I would like this book when I started, but by the final page I loved it so much I m going to have to put it on my re read shelf This book contains a lot in it s 240 pages family love and responsibility, class systems in the south, subtle racism, feelings of despair and elation, and the search for meaning in one s life There is also a lot of wisdom and AHA moments for the reader, written in elegant prose.Two of my favorite sentences Life goes on and on we go Ours is the onl [...]


  19. Is the war over yet Jack Bolling is a soldier who comes from a long line of soldiers Jack served in Korea, his dad died in World War II, other relatives served in World War I, some in the Civil War The fiercest warrior of them all is Jack s Aunt Emily She s single womanly upholding Southern Tradition and all she has to work with is Jack Sadly Jack is still fighting his war in his mind and heart even as he successfully makes money, chases women and of course prowls movie theaters He s damaged and [...]


  20. I heard somewhere that actors and actresses almost always end up seeing psychiatrists They are forced to empty themselves and fill themselves up with the fictional life details and personality of their character to such an immersive depth that they themselves have to believe that is who they are to pull it off But the catch is, once they do this trick several times it becomes harder and harder to go back to the way things were How would one accomplish this Would one, by method, begin playing one [...]


  21. Ever since finishing Walker Percy s The Moviegoer I ve been struggling to write some kind of review Not even a good review, just something which expresses what I think about the book What is so difficult about this book The Moviegoer has been called an existential novel and it won the prestigious National Book Award for 1962 beating out other better known contenders for that year such as, Joseph Heller s Catch 22 and J.D Salinger s Franny and ZooeyAs an existential novel, The Moviegoer, has been [...]


  22. Before I read the Moviegoer my only real exposure to Walker Percy was reading A Confederacy of Dunces a novel not written by Percy, but one which he discovered, published and wrote the forward to and through his friendship with Shelby Foote Anyway, fifty pages into the Moviegoer , I was ready to declare my undying love for Walker Percy The Moviegoer reminded me of a southern Catholic Graham Greene F Scott Fitzgerald William Gaddis With Greene s Catholic ambiguity and Fitzgerald s sad, romantic t [...]


  23. The ending is one of the best I ve ever read, and there are splendid passages here and there but Binx Bolling is just an annoying, myopic, self obsessed, rueful little twerp


  24. So many writers distrust words, so many artists distrust images and ideas, that they turn the stuff of their material against itself As the protagonist of The Moviegoer says, the only sign is that all signs in the world make no difference Not that one should look to Binx Boller as a profound philosopher, of course, for he is a plaything of the author, a character made of words, albeit one who recognises that much thought, vocalisation and action is a responsive twitch The characters herein are c [...]


  25. O carte bine scris , la care, din p cate, nu m am putut conecta.Mi a pl cut personajul principal, John Binx Bolling, dar de la distan Ra ional, am apreciat sensibilitatea lui aparte, care l f cea s simt alienarea celorlal i i s reac ioneze la ea cu n elegere i compasiune , starea lor de mor i vii f r tr iri intense i f r idealuri , care l f cea s se simt speriat la culme de lehamite apatie i de a dreptul sufocat de cotidian S ar spune c un astfel de personaj e destinat unor fapte m re e i va aju [...]


  26. Okay so here s the deal, it s puzzling to me that this book appears on so many Top 100 Novels lists I ll forever remember it or rather, easily forget it as That book about rich white people in New Orleans who don t have any real problems I guess it didn t help that I read this after coming off the harrowing Native Son and The Grapes of Wrath , two epic journeys of oppressed peoples who wrestle with genuine life and death problems The main problem for the protagonist in The Moviegoer is that he s [...]


  27. This novel proved to be different than expected in spite of the reviews I d read prior to picking up the book It is so introspective and has very little to do objectively with the world of film But it has a lot to do with movies One quote near the end seemed to sum up that conundrum for me As Binx describes a man met on the bus returning to New Orleans, the man he has labeled the romantic , He is a moviegoer, though of course he does not go to movies For me, this summed up Binx and his place in [...]


  28. Liked but preferred The Last Gentleman He actually made reference to where I live which is remarkable because when this was written it was just a dot on the map.


  29. Binx Bolling, colpa mia o colpa del tuo autore Io sono una di quelle a cui basta poco per essere convinta della scelta E in questo caso il pacchetto era piuttosto invitante un titolo accattivante e con rimandi alla mia persona talmente evidenti che non li potevo ignorare, un offerta praticamente gratuita, visto che il libro era della biblioteca, e un depliant accattivante rimandi allo Straniero di Camus, una certa Ricerca che il protagonista compie, un senso di alienazione, la sua passione per i [...]


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