A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces

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An obese New Orleans misanthrope who constantly rebukes society, Ignatius Reilly, gets a job at his mother's urging but ends up leading a worker's revolt.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1980 (1999 printing)
ISBN: 9780802130204
0802130208
Branch Call Number: Fiction Toole
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 21 cm

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This book was published about 11 years after the author committed suicide. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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cgraham77
Jul 08, 2018

This book is hilarious. I’d been wanting to read it and finally had the chance. I gave it a 4-Star rating only because i can’t recommend it to certain groups of people (church friends, my in-laws, etc.), due to various crudeness, vulgarities, etc., (one scene in particular, regarding masturbation. I’ll spare you the details).

At any rate, I would say this book easily falls into one of my top 10. I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud so much while reading. And because it’s such a fun and enjoyable read, it’s an easy read. It took me 3 days.

The protagonist (or antihero) has to be one of the most unlikable characters you will meet. A brilliant moron, or a moronic genius, whichever you prefer. There are a few slapsticky/campy moments, reminiscent of what was popular during that era.

As an aside, I think I’ve actually met a real-life incarnation of Ignatius J. Reilly, and if I ever see that man again, I’ll be forced to call the police.

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303dog
May 29, 2018

Have to agree with Bisqit and Sonoraanne; could not get into the characters; had no desire to know what would happen next to any of them, even though I listened to about 2 of the 12 hours. Not recommended, not funny.

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bisqit
May 07, 2018

I got through 3 chapters and still wondered, "How is this a Pulitzer Prize?" It did not capture my interest.

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jmthornberry
Jan 24, 2018

Possibly the funniest book I've ever read.

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Maoisdead
Sep 29, 2017

This is a sprawling comic novel full of unforgettable characters ridiculous situations and often insulting stereotypes. Published posthumously after the authors tragic suicide it nevertheless went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. But perhaps its greatest accomplishment is the main character Ignatius J Reilly. He is hard to describe beyond calling him a modern day Don Quixote, but with more flatulence. He is a man at war with the modern world, out of touch with his own emotions, manipulative, self-righteous, eloquent and insane. He is the swirling center of the book, but there are many others memorable characters. Set in New Orleans in the 1970's the novel is colorful. humorous and implausible, but you won't ever forget its scenes.

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sess430
Jul 17, 2017

One of my all-time favorite books.

CMLReads_Kristin Jun 01, 2017

This book is hilarious, but the most fascinating part of this book for me is the tragic life of John Kennedy Toole and the improbable story of how this book came to be published.

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jalee_0
Feb 06, 2017

Very funny, well imagined characters set in New Orleans. I laughed out loud reading it in the airport.

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thedoggedtruth
Jun 13, 2016

The funniest book I have ever read, my all-time favorite book. If you can't laugh at this then I can't be your friend.

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Pyril
Jun 03, 2016

I found this book surprisingly good! I know a person that is just like Ignatius!

I enjoyed how the book came from different perspectives so you could see what was going on with all of the characters and how they came together in the end.

I would recommend this book :)

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kokosowe
Jul 16, 2008

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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