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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It is funny, conffderacy uproariously so, and I smiled and chuckled throughout. You do want to write down some of the lines, so that you can use them on your friends, but secretly you know that you’ll never get into a situation where they’d be equally appropriate or funny.

It’s just that, after my e-reader became less of a reading device and more of an avenue for proving my Scrabble dominance over that dick AI even though I almost always wind up with more vowels than I think the game really includes, I simply grew accustomed to not using Ruggles the Kindle for his intended nose-in-a-book purpose no, I haven’t given all of my gadgets Pynchonian monikers; yes, I do see the irony in naming my e-reader after an author who was famously reluctant for his works to be digitalized.

Rule 1 of Book Club — at least our book club — is kfnnedy the person picking the book has to have read it before.

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Actually, Darlene’s cockatoo might have been one of the most likable characters in the book by virtue of his role in kicking off the climax. It was on my TBR for far too long, god I’ve conrederacy missing out on so much by not reading this novel. When I pontificate about the virtue of science fiction or feverishly debate the merits of one quarterback over another during fantasy football season, I see Ignatius in me.


Freudian Schleps I don’t want to make too much of this point, but I wondered whether the three main characters of “Confederacy” line up like this in terms of Freud’s trichotomy: I took the title differently.

And we are right with Ignatius watching the wheel of Goddess Fortuna turn as we turn the pages.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Even after he johh put the book down, he couldn’t help suddenly bursting out into laughter. Genius structure, brilliant dialogue, dark as hell, and funny over and over. Reilly, is an educated but slothful year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of earlys New Orleans who, in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.

I got no Paradise Dogs. The city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized. She dogged Walker Percy’s footsteps, literally pushing the manuscript into his hands, asking him to read her son’s novel. The comedy of A Confederacy of Dunces is writ large in and between its many lines: View all 29 comments.

A Confederacy of Dunces

Put 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 toope avant-gardist, a true believer – is wretched – look – hardly any of my God damned books are in print any more.

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Show 25 25 50 All. What I viewed as a miss may have cofnederacy because the bar was so high. 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. A Confederacy of Dunces. All this writin’s enough to turn a man into a vagran’. There isn’t an evil bone in his ample body. He committed suicide in at the age of thirty-two.


John Kennedy Toole didn’t live to see this now-classic novel published. What really gives this story depth is the metaphysical dimension via Ignatius’s worldview, which includes a careful reading of The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius and a keen awareness of Fortuna’s wheel.

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 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Truly, in the words dynces the great Dorothy Parker, this is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. I didn’t know I even had a pyloric valve until I met Ignatius J. With very few exceptions, I’ve found that how much I like someone is strongly correlated with how much they enjoy the book.

I like to imagine Toole alive and vital. Slapstick, not irony or sarcasm, is the method to capture the audience here. Sep 20, Nathan rated it it was ok Recommends it contederacy Topics Books Reading group.

Apparently, he was really popular with his students.