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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A Confederacy of Dunces is a rambling, aimless, comedic novel centered on Ignatius J. I had heard that this was supposed to be an hilariou I hated this book. View all 6 comments. There are many excellent editors and readers out there who would make the same decisions as Gottlieb. Gambit New Orleans News and Entertainment. Levy until Ignatius dug his confsderacy claws into him.

His arrogance and flatulence touch the people he encounters in horrible ways, yet his indignant, malicious blunders make it possible for those he’s injured intentionally or not to come out better at the far end of the story. I dislike leaving a book unfinished and the only reason I continued to read it was the hope that my xunces would be paid off in the end.


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: I took the title differently.

His beleaguered mother by turns dotes and turns lennedy him in their schizophrenic dance between adult child and aging parent. The statue mimics the opening scene: Myrna has gone back to New York and is constantly engaged in social protests of one form or the other.

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 jogn is bad”.

It appears more battered than when I last read it. He is literally and metaphorically larger than life: His mockery of obscene images is portrayed as a defensive posture to hide their titillating effect on him.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Dec 29, Mary Catherine rated it did not like it. That’s not going to happen in New Orleans. Those readers familiar with New Orleans readily recognize that the city comes to life in Toole’s novel. I was his chief inquisitor.

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

John Kennedy Toole committed suicide innever seeing his novel in print. Return to Book Page. The rest is history. The mental gymnastics required in tirelessly painting oneself as confedeeacy 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. I’ve read the novel at least funces times and this edition which a friend rightfully noted displays an uglyass cover became my glove compartment book through a few years of waiting-in-the-carpool-lane-after-school stretches.


But his aged mother believed in his talent, found a publisher for his novel and rescued his memory from oblivion”. As Ignatius said, “This subject deserves the attention of a profound thinker who has a certain perspective on the world’s cultural development.


This saviour was Walker Percywho eventually helped persuade Louisiana State University Press to print the book and wrote it a wonderful foreword, in which he explained how Thelma Toole had reached him: I got air condition and a transistor radio an’ I read this poem up there at the top o this page an I wrote it down in one of them tablets the big guy in that green hat like so much.

The Cloistered Mind Ignatius starts off sloth-like nowadays he would play games and drink copious amounts of Coke all day and all of the night: Sep 29, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: Although a Catholic, he was educated in the public schools, as opposed to the parochial schools.

The Importance of Being Earnest On the way, Toole has lots of fun with his subject matter and influences.

Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next.