The Last Gentleman: A Novel

The Last Gentleman: A Novel

The Last Gentleman: A Novel

Will Barrett is a 25-year-old wanderer from the South living in New York City, detached from his roots and with no plans for the future, until the purchase of a telescope sets off a romance and changes his life forever.

Review
“Brilliant...It shimmers with the chaste and civilized ornaments of irony, understatement, and compassion.” ―Time

From the Publisher
"Brilliant...it shimmers with the chaste and civilized ornaments of irony, understatement, and compassion." --Time "Splendid...a beautifully textured novel...a distinguished work of art." --New York Times Book Review

"Lovely and brilliant...a highly whimsical kind of picaresque tale that puts one in mind of both Faulkner and Canneau." --Joyce Carol Oates, The Nation

"Breaks your heart in the midst of laughter." --Philadelphia Inquirer

From the Inside Flap
"The Last Gentleman is lovely and brilliant...a highly whimsical kind of picaresque tale that puts one in mind of both Faulkner and Camus," wrote Joyce Carol Oates when Walker Percy's novel was first published in 1966.
    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...

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