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Hello everyone, and welcome back to Thrifty Thursdays!
The rules are simple and are as follows:
1. Each week’s link-up will be posted on Thursday.
2. Post or talk about a book you found used (preferably in a book store or thrift shop).
3. The book must cost less than $5.
4. Return for the link-up!
Ideally, we all would be exploring authors, books, and genres that we never would have considered otherwise. Some of us may find new favorites. Others may just find some laughs. Either way, we’d be supporting independent booksellers who are the backbone of what we do as bloggers. Of course, these books cost money, and posting each week isn’t required, though you’re certainly welcome to do so.
My pick for this week?
The Movigoer by Walker Percy
Total saved thus far compared to new prices: $82.75
Where did I get it? eBay. eBay. eBay.
The Book: I really knew nothing about this novel other than the fact that David Foster Wallace both enjoyed it and utilized it for one of his English courses. His endorsement was enough to pique my interest and have me wanting to take a look. I did get a used copy, but, unfortunately, no marginalia or names as far as I can tell. Still, it’s not necessarily something that I would have picked up on my own, so here it is.
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.
Alright, so it’s not so weird, but I’ve been taking a class on Coursera called Kierkegaard: Irony, Subjectivity, and the Crisis of Modernity, so maybe The Movigoer will fit right in. Let’s see how it goes.
What have you picked up on the cheap lately?