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The Moviegoer
A Novel
By (author): Walker Percy Afterword by: Paul Elie
Walker Percy ,

Afterword by :

Paul Elie


Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jan 15, 2019
Print Run: 15000
$23.00 CAD


8.3in x 5.41 x 0.72 in | 230 gr

Page Count:

272 pages
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
FICTION / Literary

Winner of the 1962 National Book Award and one of Time magazine?s 100 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.

Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker, fills his days with movies and casual sex. His life offers him nothing worth retaining; what he treasures are scenes from The Third Man or Stagecoach, not the personal experiences he knows other people hold dear. On the cusp of turning thirty, however, something changes: At Mardi Gras, he embarks on a quest for some form of authentic experience. The consequences of Binx?s quest, on both himself and his unstable cousin Kate, prove outrageous, absurd, moving, and indelible.

Featuring an afterword by Paul Elie, this new edition of The Moviegoer cements Walker Percy?s place as a giant of American literature.

Walker Percy was the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Moviegoer and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was awarded numerous prizes in his lifetime, including the National Book Award, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. He lived in Covington, Louisiana, until his death in 1990.

"When The Moviegoer was published in 1961, its author was 44 years old-a doctor who hadn't practiced, a writer whose only published work in 20 years was a batch of metaphysical essays, a member of a prominent southern family who chose to live in quiet obscurity . . . Today it is an internationally acclaimed classic." -Phil McCombs, The Washington Post " Catch-22 had been important to me as a student of literature, and Revolutionary Road had been important to my early development as a writer. But The Moviegoer was important to me as a human being. Like few other books I've ever read, it changed me." -James Santel, The Millions "A permanent American book." -Harold Bloom

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