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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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The search. Read again after many decades. Still great. A writer of inner silences but vivid realness too, in a south as alien as the moon but timeless.Published 9 days ago by A User
Like setting Camus's Stranger in New Orleans among the Southern gentry. Dated in a way but worth reading even in its datedness.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my 2nd attempt to read the Moviegoer (such a misleading title). This time I slogged through it hoping that the last page would reveal the great Ah-ha! Alas, no pickle. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Charles Green
This is an excellent book that provides insight into depression and hardship while being consistently hilarious. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jed
This is an award-winning novel. I think I may have reached the stage in my life where I want more action and less rumination in the books I read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Perri Applegate
They way the story was told was different than the normal stucture of novels, but most enjoyable!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Perhaps Percy's best book, the writing feels natural and it flows beautifully. The story line, while a bit imperfect, is filled with authentic angst and soul-searching. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald K. Byers
Somewhat disappointing - not up to the standard of other Percy books that I have read. Too large a cast of characters.Published 1 month ago by Desmond
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