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The Moviegoer

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The beginning of an existential career

The Moviegoer is a must-read for anyone interested in existentialism, or who also enjoys Camus or Hesse. However, like just about any existential story, you cannot sit and wait for a plot twist to keep you interested: the real enjoyment of such novels comes through the...
The Moviegoer is a must-read for anyone interested in existentialism, or who also enjoys Camus or Hesse. However, like just about any existential story, you cannot sit and wait for a plot twist to keep you interested: the real enjoyment of such novels comes through the interpretation of the author's message. Each character in Percy's novels represents a subtle point he wants to make about society, and it is that interpretation or unlocking of his meaning that makes the whole story worthwhile.

Sometimes it requires multiple readings in order for it to be clear, but I can guarantee that if you really pay attention to this book and others by Percy and those mentioned above, you will not look at people or society exactly the same way again (Which is really the point, as opposed to just a thrilling plot or romantic affair). So if you want to learn something, both about yourself and the community you fit into, this is an excellent book to start out with.

posted by 728434 on December 29, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Moviegoer

I found myself putting this book down over and over and forgetting to pick it back up again for weeks at a time. I did finally complete the novel and felt that it was a worthy expedition, however flawed and dry it was at times.

posted by Anonymous on July 10, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Still very relevant

    I was not familiar with Walker Percys work or "The Moviegoer" and read this as a nook recommendation.
    Although written over fifty years ago, the theme of lost values and searching for a place is maybe even more relevant today.
    A book worth reading.






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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    A Unique Book

    I suspect that many Walker Percy fans ( I am one of them) are somewhat outside of the mainstream of the average novel reader. So if you are new to Percy's writing it might be a good idea to checkout a few book reviews before you begin. For me there is no one like Percy. This is my second go around with "The Moviegoer," but with several of his other works it has been three re-reads! The plot and characters he has created are quite unique. The story is always intriguing and provides lots to think about. That is not to say that there aren't comic moments along the way. All in all, the book was a great pleasure for me to read (again). I hope the same will be true for you if you decide to look into "The Moviegoer."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    I read it in 4 hours.

    I started to read this and couldn't put it down. It wasn't the best book I ever read but it was the most Uncle Jules-ish. Binx's little invalidic cousin Lonnie provides a good counterpoint to his fantail car and the waves of Lake Ponchatrain. The review above is not quite correct--the climactic ending takes place in Chicago and on the train thereunto.

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