The Moviegoer (1961)

The Moviegoer is a novel by Walker Percy, first published in 1961. It tells the story of Binx Bolling, a young man living in New Orleans who is searching for meaning and fulfillment in his life. Binx is a "moviegoer," someone who escapes from the complexities of the real world by losing himself in the fantasy world of films.

As the novel progresses, Binx becomes increasingly disillusioned with his shallow, consumerist lifestyle and begins to feel disconnected from the people around him. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery, trying to find a sense of purpose and belonging. Along the way, he meets a number of characters who help him to see the world in a different way, including his cousin Kate, who is deeply religious, and his aunt, who is struggling with mental illness.

The novel explores themes of identity, belonging, and the search for meaning in a modern, consumerist society. It is a deeply thoughtful and introspective work that has been praised for its insight and depth.

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