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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I toope, hell, the cover illustration shows this is grotesque humour. Refresh and try again. He is literally and metaphorically larger than life: Best of New Orleans. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I can only hope it stays open long enough for me to write this review. A Confederacy of Dunces is a masterpiece in that it absolutely achieves — with great skill — exactly what it sets out to achieve. The novel was released almost 20 years after Toole finished writing it — and more keennedy 11 years after the author killed himself just outside Biloxi, Mississippi, in March You know how dogs sometimes sniff each other for ages before deciding to hump?

View all 28 comments. This saviour was Walker Percywho eventually helped persuade Louisiana State University Press to print the book and wrote it a wonderful foreword, in which he explained how Thelma Toole had reached him:.

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This so-called “farce” and “classic” was more frustrating to me than entertaining. It is usually at this time that I step off the soapbox.

Colin was the chief defender. View all 44 comments.

A Confederacy of Dunces: a Pulitzer winner’s struggle to find a publisher

Over pages, and nothing to quote. He committed suicide in at the age of thirty-two. And he is never loveable. She also has a drinking problem, most frequently indulging in muscatelalthough Ignatius exaggerates that she is a raving, abusive drunk. I hated this book. He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn’t get it.


Nor does my bookworm snobbery extend to the assumption that digital books are automatically inferior to their traditional predecessors. Ignatius Reilly Ignatius is a resident of ‘s New Orleans, the fat kid in school who turns out to be a genius, but has no social graces.

By the time he died aged just 31, Toole had also been unable to hold down his teaching job and had become erratic in confedearcy behaviour, as well as increasingly dishevelled and paranoid. View all 15 comments.

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

You’ll want to get everything that Ignatius says tattooed onto your face. Toole’s novels remained unpublished during his lifetime. This book is funny. I’m all outta Dr. For another, he was a man of obvious talent. Firstly because dialogue filled text is such a quick read. Jan 17, R. There was minimal description of scene and action. He is written for laughs — tokle so I am told, by those who found him funny — but he is clearly suffering from undiagnosed mental illnesses.

Now that I think of it, you had better skip the Romantics and the Victorians, too. She is relentless in her argument that he needs to free himself from his cloistered room, his mother to whom is too closely tied and find true freedom through just vunces cleansing natural orgasm. He is content to be provided for by his mother and whatever Fate or Fortune brings. We all know people like this — the over-educated, miserable, socially dysfunctional outcast who is so cut off from the world that he manages see everyone else through some sick, distorted prism in which he is only sane person, and everyone else is simply beneath him.


Rule 1 of Book Club — at least our book club — is that the person picking the book has to have read it before.

I found myself shaking my head, smiling, giggling, widening my eyes at the audacity of one Ignatius J. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus, any artistic medium that relies heavily on comedy is likely to engender varied responses.

John Kennedy Toole had committed suicide over a decade before this book had eventually been published, and thereafter won a posthumous Pulitzer. Luckily for posterity, another editor eventually had a different opinion. I’m very curious about how close this book was to his own life, as you could not draft these characters without some very specific models.

As Ignatius said, “This subject deserves the attention of a profound thinker who has a certain perspective on the world’s cultural development. To ask other readers questions about A Confederacy of Dunces duncees, please sign up. Actually, Darlene’s lennedy might have been one of the most likable characters in the book by virtue of his role in kicking off the climax.

He is slothful, spoiled, and lazy. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. View all 33 comments. Reilly’s meager welfare check. Es irreverente, irresponsable, insoportable, pedante, contestatario y delirante. A lifetime of rejection broke John Kennedy Toole.

A Confederacy of Dunces has won our vote of Pulitzer prize winners and will be the reading group choice for June.