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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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. The comparisons to Don Quixote are unavoidable, but whereas Quixote was roguish and loveable, Ignatius never achieves the heroic, even mock heroism.

For another, he was a man of obvious talent. 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.

Also, I am gleefully drunk at this particular moment so please forgive me for any logical or grammatical inconsistencies currently present in this preface. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! You wonder whether this is just swapping one city of otole for another, but to them New York represents a city of light, possibly of like minds, a cosmopolitan alternative to the conservative southern backwater of New Orleans.

Until his death inToole spiralled into alcoholism and depression. This is probably something better left to the individual reader, after you’ve read the confwderacy. At the center of A Confederacy of Dunces is confedderacy contemptuous hypochondriac, that deadbeat ideologue, that gluttonous moocher Ignatius Reilly. It also forced the book to show rather than tell and really fleshed out all of the characters.

A Confederacy of Dunces. Perhaps this was the plan of some devious alpha-male, to thus corrupt the otherwise sheltered and virginal innocence of my mentality.

I must say that the numerous references to various and sundry bodily emissions offended my delicate feminine sensibilities somewhat.

It toloe there that he began the novel that would win him the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in But his aged mother believed in his talent, found a publisher for his novel and rescued his memory from oblivion”.


Or is it dnces own distorted reality, paranoid delusions, and ineptitude that is the impetus of his misfortune? But every character was painted with such broad-strokes buffoonery it’s hard to just focus on that …more “Ooo-wee”and “whoa” got tiring really fast.

Mar 24, Conrad rated it did not like it Shelves: The person who was sitting next to me, refusing to tkole in modern day perversities like movies, pulled out his book and sat down reading. Ignatius, a natural saboteur, soon finds himself unemployed. Overall, I strongly disliked the book.

A Confederacy of Dunces: a Pulitzer winner’s struggle to find a publisher

How amusing to stumble upon a comic homage ttoole Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophyan homage that not only mirrors its source of inspiration in both content and structure, but moreover employs said source as a plot device of the most humorous kind. If so, I don’t want to know. The mental gymnastics required in tirelessly painting oneself as the eternal victim would have impressed me if the character executing such skillful lack of accepting blame for his lot in life weren’t such an overgrown brat.

Jonathan Swift Ignatius is trapped in the delusions of his own grandeur. So it is that Ignatius grudgingly begins a series of jobs that suck him ever-deeper into the seamy underbelly of s New Orleans.

View all 7 comments. Show 25 25 50 All. Reilly was, and that I was sick of hearing about his valve.

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

Ugh god I loved it so much that I’m actually finding it hard to write anything coherent because all I can think of is superlatives and hyperbole. For dark, astounding irony about inaction and the parodoxes of a corrupt society, read Catch or some of the more comical writers of astroyphysics tomes.

What is it that intrigues people about this book?

The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut tople and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Those readers who cannot abide the book inevitably find Ignatius Reilly the source of frustration.

My best stab at a description of Ignatius is a brilliant bigoted buffoon in New Orleans the Big Easyand to give some quotes, though they are much funnier when read in context: When I first picked this up, I deemed it a little too odd.


So while Confederacy of Dunces is a modern classic, some of its stinging comment has been lost amidst too frequent of the same targets and too many opportunists to admonish gently. While Ignatius is simply too emotionally immature to exist in harmony with the real world, Lana is straight-up starved of all redeeming qualities.

But he isn’t virtuous as we would normally use the word. Though Ignatius was a total prick he was in a world of people just as bad just better at hiding it and though they all loat I think I have a new favorite book.

View all 55 comments. Eventually, the others got tired, their attention drawn by the frozen pizza and beer. Had it been a short novel, I might have had patience for the silly main character, his mother complaining on the phone and all the rest, but to carry on for over pages seriously annoyed me.

Ignatius Reilly is a man at odds with the modern world. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of taste, sometimes it’s just bad timing, sometimes it’s me having a visceral reaction to a work ttoole fiction that shouldn’t get under my skin so deeply.

A Confederacy of Dunces — book review

The Importance of Being Earnest On the way, Toole has lots of fun with his subject matter and influences. Reilly as the funniest character in a literary novel. There is a strong disgust for humanity permeating every page. 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 confederady Toole returned kennexy military service to his kenneey city where he taught at St.

My God, if I’d only persevered for another year or so, I’d have Authors who commit suicide find their Lovelybones-eye view from the afterlife brings them no comfort: To ask other readers questions about A Confederacy of Duncesplease sign up. Reilly, Toole is disposed to explore the ideas of predestination and game theory.