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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 cojura that made me laugh at every turn of a page. The dark comedy and the constant ridicule of American consumerism make it equally thought-provoking and hilarious. There were so many times I guffa.
There were so many times I guffawed and then transitioned into a sad smile on reflecting on how the absurdity of the passages hold true in the modern world especially with the Trump administration in power. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alternate cover for this ISBN can be cojnura here “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of nevios head. 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.
Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.
This year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his connjura, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. One thing leads to jennedy, and before he knows it, Ignatius is kebnedy pounding the pavement in search of a job. Over the kennevy several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure conjjura the next.
His stint cconjura a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on conjhra heads. Ignatius’s path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you’ll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end.
But it is Ignatius–selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life–who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in and never saw the publication of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and necils life.
Paperbackpages. Published January by Grove Press first published January New Orleans, Louisiana United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Confederacy of Duncesplease sign up. Why is this book so highly praised? Do most people relate with Ignatius? Newly Wardell This book is so vivid that you can practically smell New Orleans. Toole’s Ignatius is intellectualism gone wrong.
When I pontificate about the virtue …more This book is so vivid that you can practically smell New Orleans. 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.
It is usually at this time that I step off the soapbox. Do you think that Toole “pulls off” a the major black character without cartoonish stereotyping? Dolores Andral “Ooo-wee”and “whoa” got tiring really fast. But every necois was painted with such broad-strokes buffoonery it’s hard to just focus on that …more “Ooo-wee”and “whoa” got tiring really fast.
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But every character was painted with such broad-strokes buffoonery it’s hard to just focus on that character. I mean, homosexuals must me writhing in their skin with the type of singular one-dimensional characterization Mr. But because everyone was equally stereotyped and lampooned it didn’t come off as offensive. See all 18 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces….
Lists with This Book. One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put cknjura on a flight to NYC.
The person who was sitting next to me, refusing to indulge in modern day perversities like movies, pulled out his book and sat down reading. He must have been enjoying it immensely, because he kept laughing kennefy loud every now and then. Soon he realized that some people had started turning around to give him weird looks.
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Poor guy didn’t have an option but to put the book down. But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton tha One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC.
But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton that she can sometimes be, was in a mood to play a cruel joke on him. Even after he had put the book down, he couldn’t help suddenly bursting out into laughter. That was when I noticed that the book he had been reading was A Confederacy of Dunces. Having read it only a week earlier, I could understand that he wasn’t a nutcase. To those who haven’t read this book yet: Read it in public at your own risk! View all 55 comments. Sep 20, Nathan rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who think unreasonable whining is funny.
I know I’m out on my own on this one, but I detest this book. I really think it glorifies whining to an extent never before seen in the human condition.
Everyone I know loves this book, and I know I am in a minority here. That this book is so popular with people in my age bracket and not so popular with people older or younger really makes me wonder if it is part of the problem or a reflection of the boring, whiny apathy of my generation.
But if this book has any redeemable aspects I know I’m out on my own on this one, but I detest this book. But if this book has any redeemable aspects at all, it is that it highlights just how lazy and worthless my generation is. It’s reflected in the reverence people my age give this book, a book whose central lesson seems to be “whining is funny, and doing things is bad”. 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.
Confederacy of Dunces is the Forrest Gump of literature and I’d like to never have another conversation about this book as long as I live. View all comments. I didn’t know I even had a pyloric valve until I met Ignatius J. I had no idea that little valve could be so pesky. I can only hope it stays open long enough for me to write this review.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: Jonathan Swift Ignatius is trapped in the delusions of his own grandeur. Ignatius embraces the philosophy of Boethius, a Roman philosopher that was roughly walking the planet around AD. Boethius woodcut attributed to Holbein the Younger In a short lived relationship with some black workers from a pants factory he discovered that they were striving for the wrong things.
Of course, my exile is voluntary. However, it is apparent that many of the Negroes wish to become active members of the American middle class. I can not imagine why. I must admit that this desire on their part leads me to question their value judgments.
However, if they wish to join the bourgeoisie, it is really none of my business. They may seal their own doom. You don’t want to live next to him. You certainly don’t want to be related to him. He is bombastically opinionated, gaseous, arrogant, and looks at the world through a Ignatius kaleidoscope that has little resemblance to real life.
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For example after attempting to capture a stray cat on the street he is asked by his kennevy about some wounds on his hands. Had it not been for my superior brawn, she would have sacked my wagon. Finally she limped away from the fray, her glad rags askew.
Every experience in his life is elevated to epic proportions.
Conjjura of epic proportions. He is supported by his mother, with some supplementary income from his half-hearted attempts to find employment, and keep employment himself. He explains his failure to stay employed to his mother. I suspect that they can see that I am forced to function in a century which I loathe. She didn’t see the changes in Ignatius that she expected for all that money spent.
The second time the joy was similar, but every conjurra experience of a book is different.