A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces

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A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780802197627
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Maoisdead
Sep 29, 2017

This is a sprawling comic novel full of unforgettable characters ridiculous situations and often insulting stereotypes. Published posthumously after the authors tragic suicide it nevertheless went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. But perhaps its greatest accomplishment is the main character Ignatius J Reilly. He is hard to describe beyond calling him a modern day Don Quixote, but with more flatulence. He is a man at war with the modern world, out of touch with his own emotions, manipulative, self-righteous, eloquent and insane. He is the swirling center of the book, but there are many others memorable characters. Set in New Orleans in the 1970's the novel is colorful. humorous and implausible, but you won't ever forget its scenes.

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sess430
Jul 17, 2017

One of my all-time favorite books.

CMLReads_Kristin Jun 01, 2017

This book is hilarious, but the most fascinating part of this book for me is the tragic life of John Kennedy Toole and the improbable story of how this book came to be published.

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jalee_0
Feb 06, 2017

Very funny, well imagined characters set in New Orleans. I laughed out loud reading it in the airport.

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thedoggedtruth
Jun 13, 2016

The funniest book I have ever read, my all-time favorite book. If you can't laugh at this then I can't be your friend.

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Pyril
Jun 03, 2016

I found this book surprisingly good! I know a person that is just like Ignatius!

I enjoyed how the book came from different perspectives so you could see what was going on with all of the characters and how they came together in the end.

I would recommend this book :)

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PearlyKayAm1
Dec 23, 2015

Made it to page 125 and gave up. I just can't maintain any interest in the loutish, know-it-all main character & I find the social concepts dated and offensive.

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Kuzmatic
Nov 11, 2015

I found this book to be satisfying on many levels. I can best signify my meaning by citing the role of the book "The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius in this novel. The mere appearance of such a work in a comedic novel would be enough to please any self-styled intellectual reader. But the author's union of high-brow and low-brow elements is ever delightful and unexpected, and the classic book must be used and abused to propel the plot.

The protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly, had lent his expensive hardcover Boethius to an absurdly disguised undercover police officer, with hopes of uplifting his sensibilities. The book gets stolen and used as a weapon before falling into the hands of a local pornographer. The book is used as a prop in a lewd photo which is then sold around New Orleans, the setting of Toole's novel. One of these photos is acquired accidentally by Reilly, and then serves as impetus for his quixotic quest to find and rescue the unfortunate woman pictured. He is certain the nude woman in the photo is a victim of the vagaries of Fortune's Wheel, and that she must be importuned into posing for porn due to doleful circumstances. This unknown woman thus becomes his Dulcinea.

I mention Don Quixote here, for the famous Manchegan is a strong element in the admixture that is Toole's protagonist. We also see shades of Falstaff, W.C. Fields, Nietzsche, and a hypochondriac old aunt from Proust.

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sonoraanne
Jun 15, 2015

Didn't finish. Humor didn't appeal to me.

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niqikrystine
Mar 26, 2015

UGH! I had such a difficult time reading this book! while it may be well written and well constructed I struggled with all the awkward situations and incompetence of so many characters.

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kokosowe
Jul 16, 2008

Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty. I doubt whether you would know that St. Cassian of Imola was stabbed to death by his students with their styli. His death, a martyr's honorable one, made him a patron saint of teachers.
Pray to him, you deluded fool, you "anyone for tennis?" golf-playing, cocktail-quaffing, pseudo-pedant, for you do indeed need a heavenly patron.
Although your days are numbered, you will not die as a martyr–for you further no holy cause–but as the total ass which you really are.
--ZORRO

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