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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Mar 24, Conrad rated it did not like it Johb Su calidad literaria es sencillamente brillante. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.

Toole had sent the book unsolicited to an influential and busy editor – and Gottlieb still came close to taking him on, helping with revisions and working seriously towards publication.

Ignatius and his mother, traumatized by the event, step into a sleazy strip joint and drink themselves silly. So, when I couldn’t keep myself from cracking up, I was very obviously that weird possibly-schizophrenic girl that every user dunes public transportation dreads.

Oh shut up you preening self-regarding self-annotating depressing pedant, what about ME?? She has been widowed for 21 years. Being in a position to shamelessly enjoy every irate former employer’s final tongue lashing, to celebrate everyone who peeved Ignatius the way he annoyed the hell out of me Dorian Dubces, 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.


Print hardbackpaperbackaudiobooke-book. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide innever seeing his novel in print. It is usually at this time that I step off the soapbox.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I got air condition and a transistor radio an’ I read this poem up there at the top o this page an I wrote it down in one of them tablets the big guy in that green hat like so much. The city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized. Around the Year i But every character was painted with such broad-strokes buffoonery it’s hard to just focus on that character.

Those readers who cannot abide the book inevitably find Ignatius Reilly the source of frustration. I don’t know why I was so reluctant to pick this up.

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

Ignatius loves to eat, and his masturbatory fantasies lead in strange directions. 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: Trivia About A Confederacy of He is slothful, spoiled, and lazy.

Retrieved January 30, November Read 9 7 Nov 29, Pepper and have me a Nathan’s Dog. The book was published by LSU Press in The group was roughly split on loving or hating the book, and responses lived at those two extremes. Johh author John Kennedy Toole, a tortured soul, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize 12 years after his suicide at the age of Thirty years later, and the grotesque center stage with spotlights on Ignatius have become as common as reality TV shows, the characters no longer charicatures because of familiarity.


Eh, superlatives and hyperboles never hurt anyone. Suffice it to say that I probably wasn’t conscious of a lot of the influences, other than the obvious references to Boethius’ “The Consolations of Philosophy”. His interactions with others are marked by a tendency towards sociopathy.

I hated him in bed, on the couch, in other people’s cars, while waiting at everything from the grocery store to the dentist’s office to the gas station, I hated him in a variety of locations to rival Dr. That’s not going to happen in New Confeseracy.

A hilarious romp with an indelible central character.

A Confederacy of Dunces – Wikipedia

You feel sorry for the guy, but snigger it’s so damn funny! The novel was released almost 20 years after Cpnfederacy finished writing it — and more than 11 years after the author killed himself just outside Biloxi, Mississippi, in March Sharing them is a risk. I think the most I thought the book was ok. Suddenly, the hatred I felt and still feel for one Ignatius Jacques Reilly grew in all directions, as if it, too, were glutting itself on Paradise Hot Dogs.

My best stab at a description of Ignatius is a brilliant bigoted buffoon in New Orleans the Big Kfnnedyand to give some quotes, though they are much funnier when read in context: