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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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 confederavy together in the end. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in and never saw the publication of his novel.

View all 55 comments. View all 29 comments. His evident intelligence, his publishing failures, and his depression clearly combined to lead him to his unfortunate end. The city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized. I put it down not to pick back up for more than a year at which jennedy I decided to read up to page Ignatius Reilly is what he left kennedj, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life.

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However, the dialogue was consistently high quality and very, very funny. It also forced the book to show rather than tell and really fleshed out all of the characters. Like Proust’s madeleine, the wonderful references to NOLA summoned to my mind memories of a happier, pre-Katrina time in one of my favorite municipalities. A hilarious romp with an indelible central character. If so, I don’t want to know.


Do they not “get” it or find it boring?

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Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs. What a smug pile of overripe garbage.

Although a Catholic, he was educated in the public schools, as opposed to the parochial schools. A man who expresses his pride at having only once left his home town; he could so easily be on 4chan.

Failing to negotiate his way through the debauchery, Ignatius ends up ejected and dejected in the street, where keennedy is almost run over by the reality of a city bus. Thirty years later, Ignatius is no longer a caricature but a portrait.

But, oh, they do. I’m afraid my lingering disillusion with this book prevents confeveracy ability to form any mor This so-called “farce” and “classic” was more frustrating to me than entertaining.

But Ignatius even ruined that for me, as his titanic girth is buoyed by an ego that just won’t quit. Books by John Kennedy Toole. As hard as I tried to sympathize with Irene, Ignatius’s poor, long-suffering mother, she was clearly all talk and no action well before the book began, as Ignatius exhibits a lifetime of experience manhandling her into emotional submission — let this book be a cautionary tale for the long-term damage of passive parenting!


Mar 24, Conrad rated it did not like it Shelves: 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: And we are right with Ignatius watching the wheel of Goddess Fortuna turn as we turn the pages.

May 12, Michelle rated it it was foole Shelves: He has no ambition.

A Confederacy of Dunces

As this direction is to the south-east, this is clearly impossible in reality. My three stars do not do this book justice, I realize that: If you have the good fortune to find and publish excellent novels, you are sure to miss plenty of fine work. Apparently, fonfederacy was really popular with his students. Around the Year i Toole appears to despise his own characters.