July 8, 2018
The next meeting of the Book Club(Title Pending) is July 10th, at 7pm on Facebook.
We will be discussing Walker Percy’s The MovieGoer for our 3rd meeting of the Bookclub. How did I settle on this book instead of on, Fifty Shades of Whatever you may ask?
I was actually Googling list of William Faulkner’s books and one of the lists that returned was the greatest novels of the 20th century, with Lolita, Catcher and The Rye, Ulysses listed to name a few, but this particular author, Percy Walker, I had never heard of who had written a book I didn’t know existed. This book is definitely circa 1960, South, so excuse dude’s reference to Coloreds and Negroes and Negresses. I don’t know about ya’ll, but the vague “search” he is talking about is confusing. Is he having a seizure or a psychotic break?
What I definitely find interesting is the cast of characters contributing to the plot. Binx, is a 30 something stockbroker, who likes to ride the bus, go to the movies, and take advantage of his secretaries. He has a routine ordinary life and doesn’t like to deviate from the routineness of it all(OCD? Pervasive Spectrum? I know you can take the girl out of the Pediatric office but can’t take the pediatrics out the girl.) His Aunt Emily, formidable old bitty, typical Southern Belle, who will bless your heart and stab you in the forehead. Eddie, the brother of Kate’s who is Binx’s cousin, dead brother. Mercer, butler of Aunt Emily and Uncle Jules. He is as Binx describes” a living connection with a bygone age.” Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer: A Novel (p. 23). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
Uncle Jules is an old school, Caucasian, aristocrat, wealthy, landed, and confident. Nothing bothers this guy, even his own daughter’s nervous breakdown. Walter is Kate’s new fiancé, and a bit of a dandy. And one of the most interesting characters mentioned is Didie, Eddie’s sister, who is a swinger even in 1960 New Orleans. I am only halfway in and I can’t wait to see how this krewe, which is usually an organization of rich people that puts on the parades during Mardi Gras, this collection of odd balls will contribute to the tale that Walker Percy is weaving.
My bestie and I text more often than not. We would prefer not to speak unless we have something to say. We are both voracious readers, and have no patience for fluff or just garbage. I participated when I could in the WSJ Bookclub, but it is now defunct. I see this as a way to share interests with my friends and reconnect. But we, at my urging decided the weekend of of 25th College Reunion to start a bookclub.
What this will not be is a platform for abuse or spam, because you will blocked and reported. This is not an advice column, self help corner, or free medical advice(save medical questions for the MD listed on your insurance card) This is not the place to get volunteers for your own causes, you will get the proverbial “Girl or Boy Bye!” and you will be reported and blocked. This is not a class, so no real assignments, you read the selections, and you participate. The premise of the club,”We read what is interesting.” I encourage you to submit suggestions for the group to read and questions for discussions. I hope to record live discussions using Google Chat or we can talk about a featured Podcast. The first bookclub chat is June 19th, at 7pm EST.
First Few Books for the group to consider:
Let’s keep it fun!