Book review a confederacy of dunces

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BOOK REVIEW: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole | the !n(tro)verted yogi

The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Ignatius J. Reilly is a flatulent frustrated scholar deeply learned in Medieval philosophy and American junk food, a brainy mammoth misfit imprisoned in a trashy world of Greyhound Buses and Doris Day movies. He is in violent revolt against the entire modern age. A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece that outswifts Swift, whose poem gives the book its title. Holmes department store. The characters leave the city and literature forever marked by their presences—Ignatius and his mother; Mrs.
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Richard reviews Book A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole had committed suicide over a decade before this book had eventually been published, and thereafter won a posthumous Pulitzer. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page.

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Do you think that Toole "pulls off" a the major black character without cartoonish stereotyping! The New York Times did not review ''A Confederacy of Dunces'' in its weekday pages when the novel was first published last June because no one available to write about it cared for the book enough to praise it, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, and there didn't seem any point in denigrating an unknown first novel. Ignatius's path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and dynces talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss. There have been repeated attempts to turn the book into a film.

Sep 20, Nathan rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who think unreasonable whining is funny. Ignatius raised duncez earflap on the side next to his mother. Ed Cumming. Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment.

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A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication in , eleven years after Toole's suicide. The book's title refers to an epigram from Jonathan Swift 's essay, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting : "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. 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. Toole wrote the novel in during his last few months in Puerto Rico. Ignatius Jacques Reilly is something of a modern Don Quixote —eccentric, idealistic, and creative, sometimes to the point of delusion.

Certainly it was no mere accident; indeed it must have been a result of afflatus imparted by the goddess herself Dear Reader, Confederacu evidently was smiling upon my being when I endeavored to undertake the consumption of this philosophical masterpiece. And perhaps to help win prizes. He must have some sort of quota or something. View all 22 comments. You know how dogs sometimes sniff each other for ages before deciding to hump.

IT makes for a powerful Hollywood script synopsis - the story of how John Kennedy Toole's ''A Confederacy of Dunces'' got published by Louisiana State University Press and went on to win fame and fortune and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction: lonely genius writes satirical novel, submits it to crass, commercial New York publisher, who strings lonely genius along for a while, then rejects satirical novel on ground it will never sell. Heartbroken over this rejection, the young novelist ends his life. But all is not lost. The writer's devoted mother takes up his cause, submits satirical novel to eight more rejecting New York publishers, then collars famous novelist, who, overwhelmed by genius of satirical novel, tries to interest his own New York publisher and, failing to do so, persuades outlying university press to have a look. Outlying university press has look, decides to publish, wins paperback and movie sales, ecstatic reviews and readership in tens of thousands. To cap all off, satirical novel wins Pulitzer.


All rejected the novel! Do you think that Toole "pulls off" a the major black character without cartoonish stereotyping. More stares. It's Toole's fault that he was too adept at creating characters that embody so much of what disgusts me in real people?

This further cemented my belief that the only reason classics are called so is because some committee agreed and the public thought the committee must be right. Reilly said to the policeman. But that, alas, Lawyer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone! Jan 01.

The real sadness is the story of the author, what would vook be. If you were to expand or cut something, who wrote this book and never showed it to a soul before committing suicide when he was Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He explains his failure to stay employed to his mother.

It's usually an unspoken understanding that I can recognize why a work is so universally lauded but that it just didn't tickle me the way it ought to have. Related Books. She falls for Claude Robichaux, a fairly well-off man with a railroad pension and rental properties. It just sounded all of the wrong notes for me.

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