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The Moviegoer - Walker Percy

"What is the nature of the search? you ask. Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life."

The novel is narrated by Binx Bolling. Binx is a thirty year-old New Orleans stock broker and Korean war veteran. The story is quite loose but it entails scenes with Binx’s Southern old-money family, business associates, and an old war veteran friend.

The moviegoing mentioned in the title is one of the arbitary pastimes Binx enjoys as he drifts through his life. For anybody who read Catcher in the Rye he is what you would imagine a thirty year-old Holden Caulfield to be like, but without the teenage angst. He is an outsider who finds the regularity of ordinary life difficult to understand and be a part of. I would class this book as a long short story rather than a “proper” novel but I enjoyed it as I usually do with any book that has an existential leaning.
On its publication in 1961 it won the U.S national Book Award and is mentioned on a list that I have turned to on many occasions when lacking in inspiration for something to read: Time Magazine’s 100 Best English Language Novels. Good book.
Late Doors

For some reason i read the opening quote imagining Christoher Walken narrating it. Sounds good, Re teenage angst, i think Holden Caulfield  would still have it at thirty only it'd be called something else. Middle aged angst isn't much different either
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Late Doors wrote:
For some reason i read the opening quote imagining Christoher Walken narrating it. Sounds good, Re teenage angst, i think Holden Caulfield  would still have it at thirty only it'd be called something else. Middle aged angst isn't much different either


I can just hear CW doing that line.

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