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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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A Confederacy of Dunces — book review

The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you’ll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. This saviour was Walker Percywho eventually helped persuade Louisiana State University Press to print the book and wrote kenney a wonderful foreword, in which he explained how Thelma Toole had reached him: If you think of a novel-length R.

My three stars do not do this book justice, I realize that: First with the sinking feeling that it was not bad enough to quit, then with a prickle of interest, then a growing excitement, and finally an incredulity: Ignatius Jacques Reilly is something of a modern Don Quixote —eccentric, idealistic, and creative, sometimes to the point of delusion.

The debate came down to Colin and me battling away over the inherent worth of A Confederacy of Dunces while the others looked for a way to exit quietly.

View all 44 comments. Being in a position confedefacy shamelessly enjoy every irate former employer’s final tongue lashing, dumces celebrate everyone who peeved Ignatius the way he annoyed the hell out of me Dorian Greene, I think I might actually love youto snicker at every unflattering description of a character who I loathed made me feel less awful about finally reveling in the seemingly downward trajectory of a character whose downfall I wished I could have on my otherwise itchy conscience.


Feb 13, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Though Ignatius was a total prick he was in a world of people just as bad just better at hiding it and though they all loathed him, all their lives were better by the end of the book because of him.

This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page.

conffderacy Her relationship with Ignatius continues by correspondence. What is it that makes some people despise it? Cada personaje tiene entidad propia para aportar su punto de vista e ideas para aportar al conjunto de la historia. She must have inflicted me with some kind of temporary Tourette’s syndrome because I was helpless to squelch the string of profanities that wrenched themselves from my mouth every time she opened hers.

A Confederacy of Dunces is a masterpiece in that it absolutely achieves — with great skill — exactly what it sets out to achieve. Possibly this is a joke by Toole related to the fact that the area across the river is known as the “West Bank”, despite the fact that because of the twists of the river it is actually to the south or east from parts of central New Orleans.

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

View all 29 comments. I might get around to fixing them once ETA: Ignatius is forced into the outside world to get a job to pay off the costs of an automobile accident his mother had after a bit too much to drink in the Night of Joy bar that will figure prominently in the story.

Ultimately, I think Ignatius isn’t the Messiah, he’s just a haughty, naughty boy. Sep 30, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it.

Gottlieb left the door open to Toole to approach him with more revisions, or even new work. It is quite profound about the nature of loneliness and eccentricity, and fitting into the world.

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In one of his more benevolent moments, Ignatius says of “Consolations”: With very few exceptions, I’ve found that how much I like someone is strongly correlated with how much they enjoy the book.

The story of Toole, and the novel by which he apparently vented the demons that lurked within confederavy existentially unhale self, is a sad one, and that foreknowledge endows A Confederacy of Dunces with a patina of melancholy before the first page is turned; a lacquer directly at odds with the tooole high expectations and consequent eagerness I brought into its reading due to the superlatives I had discovered ere I opted to take the plunge: What made this book work so well was the lack of perfection.

Truly, I’ve never read anything like it. Return to Book Page. The book saw the light of day, and millions of readers — and the Pulitzer judges — liked it just fine. Maybe it’s because of the title. Confederacy of Dunces is the Forrest Gump of literature and I’d like to never have another conversation about this book as long as I live. You know how dogs sometimes sniff each other for ages before deciding to hump?

You’ll want to get everything that Ignatius says tattooed onto your face. I think the most valuable thing I learned was to lie on my left side to fart.

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The story ends as they head out on the road. View all comments. Archived from the original on 16 July Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.

Reader, I hated him. The Life of John Kennedy Toole”.