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The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375701966, Paperback)This elegantly written account of a young man's search for signs of purpose in the universe is one of the great existential texts of the postwar era and is really funny besides. Binx Bolling, inveterate cinemaphile, contemplative rake and man of the periphery, tries hedonism and tries doing the right thing, but ultimately finds redemption (or at least the prospect of it) by taking a leap of faith and quite literally embracing what only seems irrational.
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Kate's desperate struggle to maintain her sanity forces her cousin Binx to relinquish his dreamworld
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