Title Profile & Character Information

The Moviegoer

Annotation
Winner of the 1961 National Book Award

The dazzling novel that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback.

The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the "treasurable moments" absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans' French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.

Awards
1962  National Book Awards

Characters
NameBolling, John "Binx"
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsStockbroker
 Stockbroker
TraitsSingle
Loner
Workaholic
Single
Loner
Workaholic

GenrePsychological
Southern fiction
Literary
Classic
Fiction
TopicsMan-woman relationships
Extended families
Southern life
Tradition
Human condition
Meaning of life
Spiritual journeys
Redemption
Man-woman relationships
Extended families
Southern life
Tradition
Human condition
Meaning of life
Spiritual journeys
Redemption
SettingNew Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Suburb
Mardi Gras
Suburb
Mardi Gras