One of the author's six favorite Southern fiction books, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Moviegoer by Walker PercyRead about another entry on the list.
Reading this novel for the first time was one of the most intense experiences of my life. The setting is New Orleans the week before Mardi Gras, and the narrator is Binx Bolling, a young stockbroker. The book contains little overt drama, and I've found that people are either indifferent to it or, like me, find in it a profound and deeply moving account of the search for meaning in life.
The Moviegoer is among The Barnes & Noble Review's five top books on New Orleans, Jon Krakauer's five best books about mortality and existential angst, and Richard Ford's 5 most essential books.