A Confederacy of Dunces

Paperback, 394 pages

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2006 by Grove Press.

ISBN:
9780802130204
OCLC Number:
1014546355

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4 stars (19 reviews)

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "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." (back cover)

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2 stars

Oh dear! This book has been recommended to me so many times by my goodreads friends, more than any other book. Alas I found it dull, I really couldn't see what the fuss was, most of the book is dull with a few funny bits. I think even the author found it hard going too as the last chapter is called "The final chapter" maybe he was relieved to get to the end.

I can see what was attempted here, a modern day take on Don Quixote. Ignatious certainly comes across as a super arrogant version. He is a brilliant character, some wonderful delusional lines, and as with Don Quixote I felt a tad guilty laughing at him as it is obvious he has issues.

The rest of the characters suck, Mrs Levy, the Mum and Santa are so whiney, I started to get sick of them each time they …

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Subjects

  • Mothers and sons -- Fiction
  • Young men -- Fiction
  • New Orleans (La.) -- Fiction