A Confederacy of DuncesBook - 1987
"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."-- The New York Times Book Review
A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. 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. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times ).
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Mike finds A Confederacy of Dunces to be low-stakes, humorous, and comforting.
A dark satire of society isn't easy to make funny, but Toole's post-humorously released novel has been bringing laughter to many for nearly 40 years.
A popular Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the adventures of New Orlean's lower denizens of the French Quarter.
JCLHilaryS Oct 13, 2010
My favorite book of all time. I have read it so many times and could sit down and read it again. Ignatious is completely irritating and has an ego that just won't quit. Somehow, even though you spend the book hoping he gets a good dose of reality, he becomes a likeable character.
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Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty. I doubt whether you would know that St. Cassian of Imola was stabbed to death by his students with their styli. His death, a martyr's honorable one, made him a patron saint of teachers.
Pray to him, you deluded fool, you "anyone for tennis?" golf-playing, cocktail-quaffing, pseudo-pedant, for you do indeed need a heavenly patron.
Although your days are numbered, you will not die as a martyr–for you further no holy cause–but as the total ass which you really are.
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