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5 out of 5 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 December 29, 2008

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    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 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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    The Wild Palms with a happy ending

    Faulkner's influence upon Walker Percy is easily seen in The Moviegoer. Conciously, or not, Percy has retold the tale of self-abnegation for love, only it leads to a salvation of sorts - undoubtedly due to Percy's deep and abiding Catholic sensibilities. A young man adrift finds love in an unlikely place, earns a bit of social stigma and rebuke, only in the Percy telling, the two seem to work out and all is forgiven. Even most of the scenery is the same, New Orleans, Chicago, and the Gulf Coast.

    There is a suffocating, languid sense of time in the story as well. But it works superbly in showing the forces which the protagonist must over come. The slow pace of life in New Orleans, coupled with the city's entire social and economic scenes tied so inimately to Mardi Gras/Krewe traditions leads to a certain inertia. To escape, at least mentally, Binx must spend most evenings at the theater, leading a voyeuristic and escapist life in his head. It is only when he breaks out of the cycle and routine, does his life make some progress, although with great risk to relations with his family.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    The American Dostoevsky

    This book is amazing. It's humorous and philosophical. Kate is the perfect Dostoevsky female.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    Ought to be required reading, and not just because it's a shinin

    Ought to be required reading, and not just because it's a shining example of the so- called &quot;existential&quot; novel. &quot;The Moviegoer&quot; has all of the southern style you would expect form a Louisiana native, but what really makes it shine is Percy's intimacy with the modern American soul. Percy's novels, of which &quot;The Moviegoer&quot; was the first, peer into the psyche much like Dr. Thomas More's Ontological Lapsometer, which Percy wrote about in &quot;Love in The Ruins.&quot; This nearly unparalleled depth of understanding of the human condition matched with a unique sense of humor and the novelists' ability to put a face on difficult ideas is what makes Percy's work worth reading, and all these things are present in abundance in &quot;The Moviegoer.&quot;

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    Posted February 27, 2013

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    I love movie star planet!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

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    The Moviegoer, Walker Percy’s first novel, is, truly, a tr

    The Moviegoer, Walker Percy&rsquo;s first novel, is, truly, a tragicomic tour de force. For, herein, Percy presents an interesting cast of characters, a truly moving, and often terribly amusing, plot and, most importantly, a philosophical exploration of one man&rsquo;s search for meaning in a meaningless world.
    Percy&rsquo;s masterpiece is a must-read for those who are interested in existential, or even absurdist, philosophy; it presents existential lessons in an entirely new and entertaining light.


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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Its great

    Its the best

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