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A Confederacy of Dunces

Toole, John Kennedy (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Confederacy of Dunces

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Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, --selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life-- is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.
Authors: Toole, John Kennedy, 1937-1969
Title: A confederacy of dunces
Publisher: Baton Rouge :, Louisiana State University Press,, 2000
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
Characteristics: xiii, 338 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Kennedy Toole ; with a foreword by Walker Percy ; and a new introduction by Andrei Codrescu
Notes: Originally published: 1980
ISBN: 0807126063
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOOLE 2000
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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This Pulitzer prize-winning novel is filled with absurd situations that are laugh-out-loud funny. Most of the story is related through amazing & authentic-sounding dialogue (the setting is New Orleans). Too bad the author committed suicide at age 32. Highly recommended.

Report This Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first time I read it I was so annoyed by Ignatius. THe 2nd time i laughed so hard at Ignatius. I've read it several more times and continue to laugh at the various intrigues that Ignatius gets up too. I loved this book and was angry that there were no other books to read by this author. What a waste! Tragic.

Report This Feb 08, 2014
  • JoCoAcadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I've had this book on my 'to read' list for a little while. But I couldn't decide if I really thought it would be a book that I would like. I'm glad I picked it up to read. I definitely laughed at various ways the descriptions of characters are written - as soon as I started reading I laughed at the first two sentences! However, 2/3-3/4 of the way through I thought of it like one of those movies where I'm not sure if I want to watch the rest of the movie but I do want to know how it ends. I'm glad I continued reading. But at the end I felt like very little of the story got wrapped-up; it seemed as if there should be another book to provide some closure to most of the characters' stories.

Report This Jan 31, 2014
  • sschmidt29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A classic that gets better with every re-read.

Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a tragedy that John Candy passed away before the film version could be made. If you're looking for an entertaining trip to nowhere, this book is for you.

Report This Oct 07, 2013
  • stewstealth rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very funny. Definitely worth reading.

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  • mdrungil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book literally had me rolling on the floor with laughter. I originally read it 15 years ago, and I often recommend it to patrons looking for a fun literary read.

Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • mlatkinson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't understand how this book can only rated an average of 2 stars. It was amazing. I still talk about it and ready it so many years ago.

Report This Jul 04, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting, memorable characters - didn't find it funny.

Report This Apr 08, 2013
  • LaimaA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Supremely hilarious satire. I laughed out loud on nearly every page. This is some of the best written dialgue I have ever read. Every character was uniquely memorable.

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Report This Jul 16, 2008
  • kokosowe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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. --ZORRO


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