The Last Gentleman: A Novel

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Williston Bibb Barrett, the last gentleman of the story, is a displaced Southerner who has dropped out of Princeton owing to a nervous condition that his psychoanalyst associates with an inability to fit into groups. While living in New York City, our wayfarer-hero falls in love with a young woman he spies through a telescope...and sets out on a cross-country odyssey in search of home, identity, and the meaning of contemporary life.

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Overview

Williston Bibb Barrett, the last gentleman of the story, is a displaced Southerner who has dropped out of Princeton owing to a nervous condition that his psychoanalyst associates with an inability to fit into groups. While living in New York City, our wayfarer-hero falls in love with a young woman he spies through a telescope...and sets out on a cross-country odyssey in search of home, identity, and the meaning of contemporary life.

"A novel of the first rank... a penetrating study of one young man clinging-to the edge of nervous collapse."---America

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Editorial Reviews

Joyce Carol Oates
"Lovely and brilliant...a highly whimsical kind of picaresque tale that puts one in mind of both Faulkner and Canneau." -- The Nation
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"Brilliant...It shimmers with the chaste and civilized ornaments of irony, understatement, and compassion." —Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804103794
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Walker Percy is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Moviegoer and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was awarded numerous prizes in his lifetime, including the National Book Award, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. He lived in Covington, Louisiana, until his death in 1990.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Engrossing, Comedic, Touching Story

    What will become of Will Barrett? What will become of Sutter Vaught? Although Sutter does not appear until the second half of the book, he is as important to the story as the protagonist. Will seems set on a life of indifferent survival, when his attraction to a woman he spots in Central Park entangles his life with her family's. He engages on an odyssey through the South, where he revisits the scene of the most important event of his life-- the place where his father committed suicide. Despite the serious events at the heart of the story, there is a great deal of humor in Percy's depictions of people, who display stereotypical behavior, but are not stereotypes.The novel races to its conclusion, with Will surprisingly taking a more active role in life.

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