The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

By Walker Percy

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375701962, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 1998


Winner of the 1961 National Book Award

The 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.

About the Author
Walker Percy wrote several books, many of them bestsellers, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. His books include "The Moviegoer "and "Love in the Ruins".