- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (30 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141182865
- ISBN-13: 978-0141182865
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 30 Mar 2000
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It's been hailed as a masterpiece and reviled as trash, but A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole has never been lightly dismissed. By creating Ignatius J. Reilly, a bigger-than-life bag of wind stuffed with some of the most comically outrageous and disturbingly insightful opinions ever put to paper, Toole made an indelible mark on the landscape of American literature--a feat recognized with the posthumous publication of this novel, followed by a Pulitzer Prize. Forced to wade the lower depths of New Orleans society, the gargantuan Ignatius, his poor mother in tow, takes us on a tour de force through the back alleys and juke joints of the French Quarter of New Orleans as he implores the gods, railing against the hypocrisy of contemporary politics and the crushing weight of late capitalism. "The luminous years ... dimmed into dross; Fortuna's wheel had turned ... Having once been so high, humanity fell so low. What had once been dedicated to the soul was now dedicated to the sale." Toole's suicide at 32 silenced a uniquely promising literary voice, denying his critics and fans the opportunity to determine whether his talent was a flash in the pan or a first spark of genius. Read A Confederacy of Dunces and you'll no doubt have formed your own inflexible opinion, which you'll defend tenaciously against all reason. --George Laney, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you were to describe the "hero" of this book, people would probably find him hopelessly exaggerated - a grotesquely fat guy from New Orleans called Ignatius Riley with a bushy moustache who wears a hunting cap, plaid shirt, baggy trousers and fouton.
He's a southern version of Seinfeld's slobbish neighbor, Newman, or should we say "Nooman!".
At least Newman had a job as a postman whereas Riley regards work as beneath his dignity. His attempts at earning a living as a hot dog salesman come to nothing as he eats most of his stock.
Riley lives in poverty with his long-suffering mother and regards himself as intellectually superior to everyone else.
There are a host of other over-the-top characters, including the world's most incompetent policeman, all of whom live in similar fantasy worlds to Riley. Much of the dialogue is in New Orleans dialect which adds to the mayhem.
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