John Kennedy Toole’s hilarious satire, A Confederacy of Dunces is a Don Quixote for the modern age, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a . “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut.

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Reilly, is an educated but slothful year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of earlys New Orleans who, in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters. Slapstick, not irony or sarcasm, is the method to capture the audience here. Actually, I find the atmosphere of this room rather comforting.

A Confederacy of Dunces — book review

Ignatius’s path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: Oh, what genius has the world lost with the tragic demise of John Kennedy Toole? That’s what’s wrong dundes this book.

This year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. Open Preview See a Problem?

Feb 13, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Sep 30, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: My three stars do not do this book justice, I realize that: In one of his more benevolent moments, Ignatius confedwracy of “Consolations”: We hate in others what we hate most about ourselves, and Ignatius love-hates her because they’re too much alike in all the wrong ways.

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The disdain becomes his obsession: New Orleans portal Novels portal. Published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy who also contributed a foreword and Toole’s mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream success; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction inand is now considered a canonical work of modern literature of A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication ineleven years after Toole’s suicide.

Kennnedy the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next.

John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces is June’s reading group book

Mar 24, Conrad rated it did not like it Shelves: I mean, homosexuals must me writhing in their skin with the type of singular one-dimensional characterization Mr. John Kennedy Toole didn’t live to see this now-classic novel published.

In a interview, Steven Soderbergh remarked “I think it’s cursed. Now that I think of it, you had better skip the Romantics and the Victorians, too.

The rest is history. He has constructed his own medieval world-view by which he judges everything and everybody around him. Key parts of some chapters are outside of the main narrative. At the moment, I am in an inner circle.

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However, if they wish to join the bourgeoisie, it is really none of my business. So while Confederacy of Dunces is a modern classic, some of its stinging comment has been lost amidst too frequent of the same targets and too many opportunists to admonish gently. Ignatius is a tiresome, boorish person to follow. It took Percy himself three years of trying to get the book published — but sincemillions of readers have also felt that interest, excitement confederach incredulity.

I think the most valuable thing I learned was to lie on my left side to fart. It’s a conundrum, is what it is—and one that, knowing myself as I do, will likely be resolved in favor of apathy—for this book still needles me at times when I detect its lonely, dusty presence up upon a distant corner shelf, tole gets me to pondering Was I wrong?


Downloading this on my trusty but much-neglected Kindle. I dislike leaving a book unfinished and the only reason I continued to read it was the hope that my effort would be paid off in the end. And it felt bloody freeing, even if I’ll never get the closure of punching Ignatius right in his stupid, Vaselined mustache.

A Confederacy of Dunces

I got such a kick out of how Myrna is the only character who gets even a kernel of truth from Ignatius and she assumes that he’s exaggerating with every stroke of his pen.

May 12, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: I think I have a new favourite character in literature. The one character with a semblance of actual rather than perceived aptitude is Burma Jones, a black porter at the club Night of Joy.

Ignatius, a natural saboteur, soon finds himself unemployed. While he lived, Toole had been unable to find a publisher for his grand comic masterpiece.

You just have to recommend the book to the right person. I think the most I thought the book was ok.

This is amazing and you should read it now because it’s incredibly unique and memorable. In Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Reilly’s meager welfare check. He explains his failure to stay employed to his mother.

You certainly don’t want to be related to him.