A Confederacy of Dunces (2020)

A Confederacy of Dunces Released by Louisiana State University Press in A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon Rejected by countless publishers and submitted by the author s mother years af
  • Title: A Confederacy of Dunces
  • Author: John Kennedy Toole Walker Percy Andrei Codrescu
  • ISBN: 9780807130087
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Released by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon Rejected by countless publishers and submitted by the author s mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Today there are almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages Now, for the first timeReleased by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, A Confederacy of Dunces is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon Rejected by countless publishers and submitted by the author s mother years after his suicide, the book won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Today there are almost two million copies in print worldwide in eighteen languages Now, for the first time, John Kennedy Toole s comic masterpiece is available in a large print edition Toole s lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubs slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one Set in New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces outswifts Swift, one of whose essays gives the book its title As its characters burst into life, they leave the region and literature forever changed by their presence Ignatius and his mother Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levi Pants inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry Jones the jivecat in spaceage dark glasses.Included here is the introduction that writer and New Orleans resident Andrei Codrescu composed for the book s twentieth anniversary Set in oversized type for ease in reading, the large print edition will gratify both first timers seeking to discover this modern day classic and longtime afficionados wishing to reread a favorite novel.
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    1. One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC The person who was sitting next to me, refusing to indulge in modern day perversities like movies, pulled out his book and sat down reading He must have been enjoying it immensely, because he kept laughing out loud every now and then Soon he realized that some people had started turning around to give him weird looks Poor guy didn t have an option but to put the book down But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton that she [...]

    2. I know I m out on my own on this one, but I detest this book I really think it glorifies whining to an extent never before seen in the human condition Everyone I know loves this book, and I know I am in a minority here But Christ That this book is so popular with people in my age bracket and not so popular with people older or younger really makes me wonder if it is part of the problem or a reflection of the boring, whiny apathy of my generation But if this book has any redeemable aspects at all [...]

    3. There are a lot of ways to judge people, but I find that opinion of this book is one of the most accurate and efficient With very few exceptions, I ve found that how much I like someone is strongly correlated with how much they enjoy the book Is it their favorite book ever, omg Well, they re probably either a best friend, a comrade whom I hold in worship approximating esteem, or my cool cousin or uncle or something like that Do they not get it or find it boring You aren t my type, sorry To me, t [...]

    4. Read for the group On the Southern Literary TrailBounceBOUnceBOUNCEOh man ughh ooohhhhhUNCE BOUNCE ahhhhhhhhhhhhhOh thank goodness my pyloric valve finally opened I didn t know I even had a pyloric valve until I met Ignatius J Reilly I had no idea that little valve could be so pesky I can only hope it stays open long enough for me to write this review When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.Jonathan SwiftIgnatius is trapped i [...]

    5. I thought the book was ok One of my old boyfriends recommended it to me, and while I was reading it I told him what an asshole I thought Ignatius J Reilly was, and that I was sick of hearing about his valve He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn t get it He said Ignatius was a misunderstood genius stuck in a shitty town with no one who understood him To be honest, my eyes kind of glazed over and I don t remember the rest of his rant, but I finished the book anyway I think the most valua [...]

    6. I hated this book I almost gave up after the first 20 pages, but I decided to stick with it and give it a chance Wrong My first instinct was correct The only thing that might have saved this for me was if the main character Ignatius faced a long, slow, painful death There was absolutely nothing about him that I found redeeming or appealing Has there ever been a annoying, obnoxious character in literature If so, I don t want to know I had heard that this was supposed to be an hilarious book I do [...]

    7. Authors who commit suicide find their Lovelybones eye view from the afterlife brings them no comfort David Foster Wallace Oh my God look at that dreadful biography of me and it s selling too it s like they re murdering me all over again oh if I could only commit suicide all over again but up here, you can t John Kennedy Toole Oh shut up you preening self regarding self annotating depressing pedant, what about ME My God, if I d only persevered for another year or so, I d have been rich Famous Wom [...]

    8. This was my second read of this unbelievable masterpiece from John Kennedy Toole who committed suicide 21 years before this book was rediscovered and published by his mother he was thus the only person to receive a posthumous Pulitzer in 1981 Ignatius P Reilly is so incredibly unforgettable I laughed from cover to cover The parrot on his shoulder reminded me of the Mexico episode in Bellow s Augie March which I also loved and reviewed here There is never a dull moment here and the implicit criti [...]

    9. Dear Reader,Fortuna evidently was smiling upon my being when I endeavored to undertake the consumption of this philosophical masterpiece How amusing to stumble upon a comic homage to Boethius s Consolation of Philosophy, an homage that not only mirrors its source of inspiration in both content and structure, but over employs said source as a plot device of the most humorous kind Certainly it was no mere accident indeed it must have been a result of afflatus imparted by the goddess herself in col [...]

    10. ETA I recently came across a physical copy of this at my favorite used book store The eagerness with which I grabbed said copy and the disappointment I felt in its previous owner for the lack of annotation I found in its pages suggests that I liked this book far than I hated its main character Also, I am gleefully drunk at this particular moment so please forgive me for any logical or grammatical inconsistencies currently present in this preface I might get around to fixing them once sobriety r [...]

    11. This is the book that almost broke my book club John Kennedy Toole s A Confederacy of Dunces is as famous for its back story as it is for its content It was published posthumously in 1980, over a decade after Toole ended his own life by carbon monoxide poisoning Despite having been earlier rejected by publishers, the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A Confederacy of Dunces is a rambling, aimless, comedic novel centered on Ignatius J Reilly, a buffoonish overweight man child with poor fashi [...]

    12. A Whiff and a Sniff and I m OffWell, I finished and I m glad I persisted.You know how dogs sometimes sniff each other for ages before deciding to hump I was like that for a few years before I read the book, but importantly I sniffed around ineffectually for the first 100 pages and could easily have blamed the book for my lack of engagement.I read the last 300 pages in a couple of sittings.I had to get on a roll.But once you commit, the book pulls you, rather than you having to push the book.In [...]

    13. Confederacy of Dunces is a masterpiece of satire and irony, a worthy recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for best novel It is funny, sometimes uproariously so, and I smiled and chuckled throughout Toole s depression and loss was not just of himself and his family, but also of us all, a genius who can create this comedic virtuosity might have written a folio of great work, and perhaps Confederacy was not even his greatest Or perhaps, the spark that drove him to so bitingly observe our culture and tim [...]

    14. A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole s Novel of What it Means to Miss New OrleansA Confederacy of Dunces was chosen as the first group read of On the Southern Literary Trail in March, 2012 Now, a few months after The Trail s FIFTH Anniversary, the readers have chosen this novel as one of it s group reads for July, 2017 Come join us Miniver cursed the commonplace And eyed a khaki suit with loathing He missed the medi val grace Of iron clothing.Miniver scorned the gold he sought, But sore an [...]

    15. Am I being unduly harsh giving this a mere It s OK Maybe To hear some people describe it even people I usually correlate well with , this book is a laugh scream riot Hopes grow even higher when you hear the story about Toole s mother who, after his suicide, finally gets the thing published, then sits back to watch the prizes pour in What I viewed as a miss may have been because the bar was so high It could be, too, that I m just not predisposed to dysfunctional characters, all bloated with self [...]

    16. Side Splittingly Funny Literary Novel Ample Abderian TomfooleryThe Big Easy s Mensa Motley Fool, its Baissi re Barbareoh boy oh boy oh boyWhen I first picked this up, I deemed it a little too odd I thought, hell, the cover illustration shows this is grotesque humour I put it down not to pick back up for than a year at which point I decided to read up to page 75 What followed was not at all grotesque or surreal humor, but instead the funniest literary novel I ve ever read I LOVED IT The 2016 Man [...]

    17. This so called farce and classic was frustrating to me than entertaining I dislike leaving a book unfinished and the only reason I continued to read it was the hope that my effort would be paid off in the end Alas, no such reward awaited me This further cemented my belief that the only reason classics are called so is because some committee agreed and the public thought the committee must be right I m afraid my lingering disillusion with this book prevents my ability to form any specific of an [...]

    18. Have I lost my sense of humour Everyone seems to love this piece of writing, and I was highly motivated when I saw the Jonathan Swift quote in the beginning, giving the novel its name When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him However, all I could discover in the story were the dunces, engaged in never ending dull dialogues, showing off their vulgarity and stupidity without an ounce of fun Slapstick, not irony or sar [...]

    19. What a colossal waste of my life Nothing happens Literally That s what s wrong with this book It s a freshman level fiction workshop gone horribly awry And it won what

    20. I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces A laugh out loud picaresque, a story chock full of satire and unforgettable humorous detail as we follow the adventures of our larger than life rascal hero, Ignatius J Reilly, floundering and farting his way through New Orleans in the 1960s.If you think of a novel length R Crumb cartoon you would not [...]

    21. The story of Toole, and the novel by which he apparently vented the demons that lurked within his existentially unhale self, is a sad one, and that foreknowledge endows A Confederacy of Dunces with a patina of melancholy before the first page is turned a lacquer directly at odds with the immensely high expectations and consequent eagerness I brought into its reading due to the superlatives I had discovered ere I opted to take the plunge most prevalent, its status as being rife with hilarity and [...]

    22. A weird and wonderful book Truly, I ve never read anything like it 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 The character of Ignatius Reilly will haunt me We all know people like this the over educated, miserable, socially dysfunctional outcast who is so cut off from the world that he manages see [...]

    23. How much do I love A Confederacy of Dunces This much.I ve read the novel at least ten times and this edition which a friend rightfully noted displays an uglyass cover became my glove compartment book through a few years of waiting in the carpool lane after school stretches I re read the novel late this past May and it still holds up Genius structure, brilliant dialogue, dark as hell, and funny over and over Mr Toole,I don t know what demons haunted you, but when you exhaled this novel you mainli [...]

    24. Cuando en el mundo aparece un verdadero genio, puede identific rsele por este signo todos los necios se conjuran contra l Johnathan Swift Cu nto hac a que no me re a tanto leyendo un libro Ha sido para mi realmente divertido e hilarante leer La conjura de los necios Y qu verdadera pena es saber que John Kennedy Toole se suicid a los 31 a os, luego de fracasar en el intento, debido a que varios editores que le rechazaron la publicaci n de este libro Su madre llev adelante el proyecto hasta que un [...]

    25. I think I have a new favorite book Certainly a book I will read again and one I didn t want to put down my first go around The story of Ignatius and his crusade against the world, making the long term lives of those he touched better off once they survived his initial destruction, was one non stop laugh for me.What made this book work so well was the lack of perfection Though Ignatius was a total prick he was in a world of people just as bad just better at hiding it and though they all loathed h [...]

    26. Easily the funniest book I ve ever read A masterful fugue of high and low comedy, the novel traces the exploits of Ignatius J Reilly, thwarted author, philosopher, and medievalist, as he is tragically forced to divert energy from the writing of his magnum opus a comparative history that will astonish a benighted world in order to get a job Interlaced through Ignatius s epic employment journey including stints as a hot dog vendor and filing clerk is a cast of New Orleans eccentrics teetering on t [...]

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    28. Ignatius J Reilly Oh my sweet motherfuck I think I have a new favourite character in literature I don t know why I was so reluctant to pick this up It was on my TBR for far too long, god I ve been missing out on so much by not reading this novel This is a brilliant book Ugh god I loved it so much that I m actually finding it hard to write anything coherent because all I can think of is superlatives and hyperbole Eh, superlatives and hyperboles never hurt anyone This is amazing and you should rea [...]

    29. i think i m one of the few people in this world who didn t like this book i really tried to read it, my dad and sister just raved about it but i found myself bored and annoyed it s one thing to not like characters b c the author wrote them so brilliantly you actually have an emotional response to them, whether it be positive or negative, but with this book, i was just bored and didn t care about the characters It was actually painful to read past one point I absolutely could not read past the mi [...]

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