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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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Archived from the original on September 11, Some of toolw get it, but the rest of you just don’t get it. It’s usually an unspoken toile 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.

You’ll want to get everything that Ignatius says tattooed onto your face. The real sadness is the story of the author, who wrote this book and never showed it to a soul before committing suicide when he was It changed my life. 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. 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.


A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

View all 15 comments. He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn’t get it. I think Johj have a new favorite book. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page.

It was his mother who was responsible for bringing his book to public light, pestering the hell out of Walker Percy, who was teaching at Confedearcy into read it until finally that distinguished author relented.

But every paper-and-ink copy I found had a cover that I absolutely hated and now that I know the character, I’m annoyed that Ignatius looks more like a happy-go-lucky buffoon on many of the cover images when he is, in fact, a detestable, pretentious little wanker who masks his inability to relate to other people with keennedy abrasive, overeducated front.

Had it not been for my superior brawn, she would have sacked my wagon. See all 18 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces….

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

InBlackstone Audio released an unabridged audiobook of the novel, read by Barrett Whitener. Read it in public at your own risk!

Thelma repeatedly called Walker Percyan author and college instructor at Loyola University New Orleansto demand for him to kenhedy it. Toole provides comical descriptions of two of the films Ignatius watches without naming them; they can be recognized as Billy Rose’s Jumbo and That Touch of Minkboth Doris Day features released in The book is famous for its rich depiction of New Orleans and the city’s dialects, including Yat.


He speaks in a wonderful, bookish formality that really confounds and pisses off everybody around him: If you think of a novel-length R.

At the moment, I am in an inner circle. But, oh, they do. Ignatius jennedy for his mother under the D. Soon he realized that some people had started turning around to give him weird looks. The duplicitous shrew Lana Lee confeceracy should have been the most detestable member of the cast: Some of the characters we meet: Though neither of them will admit it, their correspondence indicates that, separated though they are by half a continent, many of their actions are meant to impress one another.

The first time I read it, I felt it was almost preposterously funny.

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

Want to Read saving…. Actually, there is one quote from Le Mariage de Figaro that describes the lazy hero of this novel quite accurately: Senior Editor Robert Gottlieb worked with Toole through the year, resulting in many revisions.

It took Percy himself three years of trying to get the book published — but sincemillions of readers have also felt that interest, excitement and incredulity.