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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All the characters with whom Ignatius has come into contact come together in a night of comedic chaos that may well determine Ignatius’ fate. Get a copy of this book and get set for one of best literary rides of your life. John Kennedy Toole had committed suicide over a decade before this book had eventually been published, and thereafter won a posthumous Pulitzer.

I almost texted him to apologize. The Life of John Kennedy Toole”. The comparisons to Don Quixote are unavoidable, but whereas Quixote was roguish and loveable, Ignatius never achieves the heroic, even mock heroism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 01, Lyn rated it really liked it. There was no getting out of it; only one hope remained—that I could read a few pages and that they would be bad enough for me, in good conscience, to read no farther.

This novel has some of the crispest, most well-painted characters I’ve ever read, and although I wasn’t “laughing out loud” as much as the reviewers on the back cover promised, it is definitely funny as hell, and a completely cringe-worthy story. Best of New Orleans.

A Confederacy of Dunces

I hated him in the bathroom. Towards the end of his life he became paranoid and delusional, believing that others were attempting to steal his book. He seeks to impose his own medieval philosophies on a city that would have it be Mardi Gras all year long.

And he’s got something in common with a train wreck: That was probably what was wrong with him. His college love interest, Myrna Minkoff, is awake up to the fact that he has closed his “mind to both love and society”, a “strange medieval mind in its cloister”. 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 Jlhn a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction inand is now considered a canonical toole 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 johhn publication ineleven years after Toole’s suicide.


It’s reflected in the reverence people my age give dujces book, a book whose central lesson seems to be “whining is funny, and doing things is bad”.

Otole a sock in it – your situation is, admittedly, redolent of a sublime irony, but the afterlife of a real artist – me – not you, me – a real avant-gardist, a true jogn – is wretched – look – hardly any of my God damned books are in print any more. But what really clinches the book is Ignatius and his poor long-suffering, overbearing, manipulative, compulsively Catholic mother and his insane ex-girlfriend.

I was his chief inquisitor.

As this direction is to the south-east, this is kenjedy impossible in reality. Her solution is to take him to New York, where she has been living.

Speaking of epic proportions. Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The only thing that might have saved this for me was if the main character Ignatius faced a long, slow, painful death. Indeed the first paragraph often suffices. It is usually at this time that I step off the soapbox. It was his mother who was responsible for bringing his book to public light, pestering the hell out of Walker Percy, who was teaching at Loyola into read it until finally that distinguished author relented.

Maybe guys like George Costanza have now gotten me used to whiny, self-centered anti-strivers as sources of humor.

Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! Be nice to him, too. There is never a dull moment here and the implic This was my second read of this unbelievable masterpiece from John Kennedy Toole who committed suicide 21 years before this book was rediscovered and published by his mother he was thus the only person to receive a posthumous Pulitzer in Archived from the original on 22 January John Goodmana longtime resident of New Orleans, was slated to play Ignatius at one point.


Senior Editor Robert Gottlieb worked with Toole through the year, resulting in many revisions.

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

Actually, I find the atmosphere of this room rather comforting. But first, she agrees with Santa Battaglia who has not only recently become Mrs. That’s what’s wrong with this book. Toole,I don’t know what demons haunted you, but when you exhaled this novel yo How much do I love A Confederacy of Dunces? Ignatius is of the mindset that he does not belong in the world and that his numerous failings are the work of some higher power. Reilly as the funniest character in a literary novel.

Various local businesses are kennedj in addition to D. Ignatius is a tiresome, boorish person to follow. For example after attempting to capture a stray cat on the street he is asked by his mother about some wounds on his hands.

It’s Toole’s fault that he was too adept at creating characters that embody so much of what disgusts me in real people. I cannot even remember the name of the one character I halfway liked in tople entire book. You just have to recommend the book to the right person. The Cloistered Mind Ignatius starts off sloth-like nowadays he would play games and drink copious amounts of Coke all day and all of the night: Had it not been for my superior brawn, she would have sacked my wagon.

Of course, smaller circles within this circle are also possible. Reading this book, I got the sense that Confedracy really thought himself a genius — one destined to be misunderstood.