A Confederacy of Dunces

Toole, John Kennedy

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Confederacy of Dunces

Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2000
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 0807126063
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOOLE 2000
Characteristics: xiii, 338 p. ;,24 cm


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Larger than life Ignatius J. Reilly rages against the machine all the while gracing the world with his brilliant insight.

For students in English III AP Language. Pulitzer Prize winning farce, set in New Orleans, telling about Ignatius J. Reilly and his various attempts at employment and one-man wars.

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Mar 26, 2015
  • niqikrystine rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

UGH! I had such a difficult time reading this book! while it may be well written and well constructed I struggled with all the awkward situations and incompetence of so many characters.

Oct 06, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good reading.

Jun 16, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Just silly.

May 13, 2014
  • ktatum82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read!

May 05, 2014
  • Persnickity_squirrel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have had this book in my possession for about 6 years now and it just seems hard to "get in to".

To be fair, I don't know if that is because I just haven't made the time or since the likability of reading comes and goes with me I just haven't felt like reading anything.

What I have read, up to about page 19, seems like the book is written in a way that is a little hard to understand, but once you get the jist of it (kind of like hearing your kids begin to talk and you understand them, but no one else can) it is funny and full of relate-able experiences.

I would recommend this if you are an avid reader and you know that some literature is hard to get into at first, but you are willing to keep on reading until you get to the meat of the book. I think once you are there, you will find it worth your time and patience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Very funny. Definitely worth reading.

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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.


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