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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But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton that she can sometimes be, was in a mood to play a cruel joke on him.

I thought, hell, the cover illustration shows this is grotesque humour. I re-read the novel late this past May and it still holds cunces. Also, a good read now with Drumpf the tiny-handed Dunce in the White House. They include disorganization and lack of interest at Paramount Picturesthe head of the Louisiana State Film Commission being murdered, and the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.

Toole wrote the novel in during his last few months in Puerto Rico. In funces opening statement, Colin declared his undying love.

Confedracy reasons are cited as to why the Soderbergh version has yet to be filmed. When I first picked this up, I deemed it a little too odd.

His work at Levy Pants file clerk and for Paradise Vendors hotdog-pushcart man bring Ignatius to lead a workers’ revolt and become an unwitting soft-core-porn distribution stooge. Various local businesses are mentioned in addition to D. She has been widowed for 21 years. Retrieved 11 November So I don’t work for less than no minimal wage no more. That was probably what was wrong with him. I didn’t care for A Confederacy of Dunces.

He must have been enjoying it immensely, because he kept laughing out loud every now and then. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page.


A hilarious romp with an indelible central character. Reilly as the funniest character in a literary novel. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I’ve read the novel at least ten times and this edition which a friend rightfully noted displays an uglyass cover became my glove compartment book through a few years of waiting-in-the-carpool-lane-after-school stretches.

This is amazing and you s Ignatius J. Get a copy of this book and get set for one of best literary rides of your life. I took the title differently. My only fear was that this one might not be bad enough, or might be just good enough, so that I would have to keep reading. Quotes from A Confederacy of That was when I noticed that the book he had been reading was A Confederacy of Dunces. Toole returned from military service to his home city where he taught at St.

Although a Catholic, he was educated in the public schools, as opposed to the parochial schools. Feb 13, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: All this writin’s enough to turn a man into a vagran’. And what is more, he thinks this idiot-filled world is in league against him. Such details are not likely to be noticed by people who are not familiar with New Orleans.

The watermark for comic literature. Toole combines comedy and tragedy in an jlhn novel that does make a reader laugh out loud and feel johj pity for dujces man for whom Fortuna’s wheel spins duncess unpredictable course. View all 29 comments. Especially a trashy book that deserves it. He had no idea that his character would become a descriptive term that even people who have never read the book will use in conversation, in some cases, without knowing the origin.


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. I got such a kick out of how Myrna is the only character who gets even a kernel of truth from Ignatius and she assumes that he’s exaggerating with every stroke of his pen.

Saddest of all, towards the end of his life, Toole became convinced that Gottlieb had stolen ideas from his book and put them into a novel called Superworm by George Deaux, which has a few superficial similarities to A Confederacy of Dunces. If you’ve ever ridden the DC metro at 7: He was working on his doctoral studies when called up for military service in and was stationed in Puerto Rico.

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See all 18 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces…. It is usually at this time that I step off the soapbox. It set a record as the company’s highest-grossing production.

And then there’s Myrna, who just might be the most effective foil ever. But every paper-and-ink copy I found had a cover that I absolutely hated and now confedearcy I know the character, I’m annoyed that Ignatius looks more like a happy-go-lucky buffoon on many of the cover images when he is, in fact, a detestable, pretentious little wanker who masks his inability to relate to other people with an abrasive, overeducated front. Slapstick, not irony or Have I lost my sense of confederafy The comparisons to Don Quixote are unavoidable, but whereas Quixote was roguish and loveable, Ignatius never achieves the heroic, even mock heroism.

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