A Confederacy of Dunces (20th Anniversary edition)

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Toole's lunatic and sage novel introduces one of the most memorable characters in American literature, Ignatius Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubs slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one - who is in violent revolt against the entire modern age. Ignatius' ire explodes when his mother backs into an automobile. The owner of the damaged vehicle insists on payment; and Mrs. Reilly demands that her son stop watching television and writing in his Big Chief tablet and get a ...

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Jun 19, 2016

a masterpiece but not my taste

This is a confounding book, and though I appreciate its genius, it is not my cup of tea. Yes, it is funny, but the characters that populate it are so distasteful it is difficult to go along with the joke. If the reader can perservere, the ending is mostly worth it.


Jul 3, 2010

Hilarious book by funny writer. Too bad he is not around to write more books!


Apr 1, 2010


Ignatius is a bit of an irritant. The book has it's moments when it is funny, but the editors notes pay it more justice than I feel it deserves. It does keep you reading and not losing interest waiting for his next caper. I think in many cases the author was writing about himself.


Feb 4, 2010

A Leg slapper

This book is already aclaimed as a comedic mastepiece.


Sep 12, 2007

On the Edge!

This book is great! If there is a reader who has yet to read John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunce's, you've got to read it. Ignatius J. Reilly is an unforgettable character. If there is an actual point to the story, I'm not sure what it is, but that's what makes it fantastic. It's humor is brilliant. As a reader, you become so engrossed in the hilarious ongoing calamities of the characters, you forget about any worries of your own.
What a treasure.

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