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When he was wounded in the Korean War, Binx Bolling saw a dung beetle, magnified in his consciousness. Normally, it would either have overlooked it or dismissed it. Lying on the battlefield, bleeding, and, for all he knows, dying, the insect takes on what Binx calls "presence"; it becomes something, rather than a thing among things and, therefore, a nothing. This chance event gives Binx the idea of undertaking what he calls "the search." In an world of superficial conduct and meaningless commerce, Binx, alienated from his friends and family, searches for God. His search is not easy, since culture no longer provides any idea of a God that is worth considering, let alone worshiping. However, Binx undertakes his search and, at the end of the novel, facing the terrible death of a family member, Binx suddenly comes to believe in God. The novel, which won the National Book Award, offers an existential view of God, faith, and life, giving concrete expression to the philosophical views of Soren Kierkegaard and Jean Paul Sartre. It's challenging, but very rewarding, reading.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religion theme?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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