("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") People who think unreasonable whining is funny. Toole, John Kennedy A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics) 9780241284667 Penguin Classics

I laughed from cover to cover. I'm afraid my lingering disillusion with this book prevents my ability to form any more specific of an analysis.

I bought this book because Billy Connoly said in his latest TV show it was the funniest book he had read. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2017. extraordinarily inventive, brilliant novel.
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I hated this book. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine There is never a dull moment here and the implic. ?Peter Josyph, New York. 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. What I do find utterly crass is the reason Gottlieb gave, namely that the story ‘is not really about anything.’ Many is the book that I myself have left unread on discovering from a certain type of review that I could read allegories or subtleties into what had otherwise seemed likely to be an entertaining read.

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I have persevered as far as page 186 (approx. Many critics praised it as a comic masterpiece that memorably evokes the city of New Orleans and whose robust protagonist is a modern-day Falstaff, Don Quixote, or Gargantua. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Alas, no such reward awaited me. . Am I being unduly harsh giving this a mere “It’s OK”?

The protagonist (or antagonist depending on how you see him) is Ignatius J. Reilly. I know I'm out on my own on this one, but I detest this book. A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. Yep, it's a great read, like nothing I've ever read before. What I viewed as a miss may have been because the bar was so high. Ignatius's path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss Trixie, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, comically thwarted; gay blade Dorian Greene; sinister Miss Lee, proprietor of the Night of Joy nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the girl Ignatius loves to hate. . He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn't get it. John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel, “I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century.

The parrot on his shoulder reminded me of the Mexico episode in Bellow's Augie March (which I also loved and reviewed here). I wonder what Billy Connoly thinks of Terry Pratchett who was really funny. 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. The characters suck, the story sucks... there is nothing good that I can say about it. The Myth of Sisyphus (Vintage International), Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide (BrightSummaries.com). This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. [s], A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole, 1981 winner). After hearing this book's title for decades, I approached it with a big appetite for laughs. I had never heard of the book until I saw it on a co-workers desk. It is a fantastically entertaining piece of fiction that is funny yet possessing an underlying expression of melancholy at the same time. John Kennedy Toole had committed suicide over a decade before this book had eventually been published, and thereafter won a posthumous Pulitzer.
When critics say Confederacy is not true-to-life because it's full of despicable characters; unlikely situations; and plot-holes, I have to wonder what kind of lives they have---because that's a near perfect description of mine. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. There's no denying the author had a stunning command of language and the ability to weave characters together through lively dialogue. Great that it got published, just a shame John Kennedy Toole never saw it published. Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. Turned down by countless publishers and submitted by the author's mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Read the story behind the book and was intrigued. Welcome back.

Ironically it was the publicist who published Catch 22 who broke his word to Toole who subsequently killed himself. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next. However, listeners who do not feel charmed or amused by a fat, flatulent, gluttonous, loud, lying, hypocritical, self-deceiving, self-centered blowhard who masturbates to memories of a dog and pretends to profundity when he is only full of beans are not likely to survive the first cassette. Please try your request again later. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel.

There is never a dull moment here and the implicit criticism of American consumerism was and remains revelatory and thought-provoking.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2019.

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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published

This novel has some of the crispest, most well-painted characters I've ever read, and although I wasn't "laughing out loud" as much as the reviewers on the back cover promised, it is definitely funny as hell, and a completely cringe-worthy story. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. See all 22 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces…, SOLVED. . Truly, I've never read anything like it. He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn't get it. My first instinct was correct! But it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life--who carries the story. The adventures of a verbose and lazy man-child forced to get off his duff and get a job, Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. --Alix Wilber There's a problem loading this menu right now. Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note of Rabelaisian iconoclasm. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? What a colossal waste of my life.

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