Books: Guidebook for Lost Pilgrims

THE LAST GENTLEMAN by Walker Percy. 409 pages. Farrar, Straus & G/Voux. $5.95.

The Moviegoer, it seems, has a brilliant kid brother. Walker Percy's first novel, which won the National Book Award in 1962, tells the story of a likable young New Orleans stockbroker who escapes the meaninglessness of modern life by going to the movies. The Last Gentleman, his second novel, tells the story of a likable young Mississippian who escapes the meaninglessness of modern life by falling into fits of amnesia and daydreams. Like the earlier book, Gentleman recounts an anti-hero's...