Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker is a Bourbon Street dandy yearning 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.
What Walter Isaacson says
I read this book when I was a kid and was mesmerized by its subtle grace. A simple tale about a week in the life of a New Orleans stockbroker, it poked and pried at the essential questions we wrestle with, such as ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘How are we supposed to live our lives?’ It made me want to be a writer.