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Percy was born in 1915 and lived his early life in Birmingham, Alabama. His grandfather committed suicide when Walker was an infant and his father, too, committed suicide in 1929. Following his father's suicide, his mother moved Walker and his two brothers to Mississippi. Percy's family was one of the oldest families in the South and he and his brothers soon found a father figure in the form of his cousin, William Alexander Percy, known affectionately as Uncle Will. Three years after his father's suicide, Percy's life was again marked by tragedy when his mother's car went off a bridge, killing her and leaving Walker and his brothers in the charge of his Uncle Will.
Percy went to medical school at Columbia University, where he contracted tuberculosis during his internship. In and out of sanitariums for several years, he finally returned to the South in his early 30s, getting married in 1946 and settling in the New Orleans area, where he lived the remainder of his life. It was at this time that Percy received an inheritance from his Uncle Will that allowed him to devote himself completely to his long-standing interest in literature and philosophy.Read more ›
Binx is also the narrator of the novel, and it's his voice that gives the book its unique humor, irony, and poignance; a plot synopsis does not do justice to the complexity and compellingness of this influential novel. Binx, a dreamy stockbroker and scion of an old patriarchal New Orleans family, is (he tells us confidentially) on a search. The nature of Binx's search is only vaguely understood by the reader, but Binx himself seems to know exactly what he's talking about when he uses his own peculiar vocabulary to describe aspects of the search (words like "repetition" and "rotation" are specialized jargon in Binx's idiom, used to refer to specific phenomenon.) Percy's great achievement with this novel is handling the subtle variations of distance between the reader and Binx: Is he an entirely trustworthy narrator? Is he demented, dishonest, insane? Is he putting us on? Or does he distrust the reader? Does he know we're watching him? Binx slyly takes his part in the affairs of his family and community, all the while commenting sardonically on various aspects of modern American spirituality, all the while conducting his "search," which leads him to cross paths with his equally insane cousin, Kate, and to incur the wrath of his aristocratic old aunt.
It's a very funny, very moving, ultimately heartbreaking book, for we are never sure what has become of Binx and his search. Was his spirit defeated, or does he merely withdraw to conduct his search further outside of the reader's eye?Read more ›
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A supposedly brilliant book. Not an adjective I'd use. More like, boring. Good existentialist themes though: Heideggerian everydayness;general ennui.Published 3 days ago by B. L. Hopkins
I was about ten percent into The Moviegoer when I began to wonder why I was reading it. Something was driving me forward, but at that point I couldn't tell what it was. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steven R. Lindahl
I don't even remember what this book was about, had to read it for my ENGL1102 class at UGA. I am sure someone who really loves literature would really enjoy this book but to me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adriana Gutierrez
At page 50 I had absolutely no idea where this story was going and had no interest or affection for the characters. I stopped there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jfd213
I can't overemphasize the impact this book has had on my life, intellectually and personally. In college I read in for two courses, one on religion and modern literature, and one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by paolibulldog
An amazing "slice of life" novel that never goes where you think it will. Definatly will not disappoint.Published 2 months ago by Jesse
Walker Percy made my whole life as a reader, a thinker, and a seeker with this book. He wastes no time getting to the heart of matter:
"What is the nature of the search? Read more
After hearing a summary of The Moviegoer by Walker Percy from a friend, I was very excited to see what else the book had in store for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Burke
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