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Perhaps a cobjura imprecise as well. Oh shut coniura you preening self-regarding self-annotating depressing pedant, what about ME?? Reilly, a buffoonish overweight man-child with poor This is the book that almost broke my book club. He is not content with conformity: The watermark for comic literature. How amusing to stumble upon a comic homage to Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophyan homage that not only mirrors its source of inspiration in both content and structure, but moreover employs said source as a plot device of the most humorous kind.

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Myrna has gone back to New York and is constantly engaged in social protests of one form or the other. But ultimately he was a romantic at heart, and there is a happy ending. Desayuno en Tiffany’s Truman Capote. He is slothful, spoiled, and lazy. But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton that she can sometimes be, was in a mood to play a cruel joke on him. 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.

It’s usually an unspoken understanding that I can recognize why a work is so universally lauded but that it just didn’t tickle me the way it ought to have. If so, I don’t want to know.


But it is Ignatius–selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life–who carries the story. The protagonist or antagonist depending on how you see him is Ignatius J. When I first picked this up, I deemed it a little too odd.

I mean, homosexuals must me writhing in their skin with the type of singular one-dimensional characterization Mr. As hard as I tried to sympathize with Irene, Ignatius’s poor, long-suffering mother, she was clearly all talk and no action well before the book began, as Ignatius exhibits a lifetime of experience foole her into emotional submission — let this book be a cautionary tale for the long-term damage of passive parenting!

Some of you get it, but the rest of you goole don’t get it. View all 55 comments. Ignatius, a natural saboteur, soon finds himself unemployed. There is something between me and the Pulitzers. When I pontificate about the virtue of science fiction or feverishly debate the merits of one quarterback over another during fantasy football season, I see Ignatius in me.

Toole combines comedy and tragedy in an unforgettable novel that does make a reader laugh out loud and feel true pity for the man for whom Fortuna’s wheel spins an unpredictable course.

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There is not a single likeable character. By the nnecios, Mrs. Jul 16, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 30, Steve rated it it was ok. It’s Toole’s fault that he was too adept at creating characters that embody so much of what disgusts me in real people.

See all 18 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces…. Jan 17, R. I really think it glorifies whining to an extent never before seen in the human condition. Reading this book, I got the sense that Toole really thought himself a genius — one destined to be misunderstood.


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Just gonna have to pour me a Dr. It is funny, sometimes uproariously so, and I smiled and chuckled throughout. Jul 12, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: Those readers familiar with New Orleans readily recognize that the city comes to life in Toole’s novel.

So I don’t work for less than no minimal wage no more. She must have inflicted me with some kind of temporary Tourette’s syndrome because I was helpless to squelch the string of profanities that wrenched themselves from my mouth every time she opened hers.

Do I sound like a terrible curmudgeon right now? I laughed from cover to cover. Apparently, he was really popular with his students. You aren’t my type, sorry.

A Confederacy of Dunces

Every experience in his life is elevated to epic proportions. Paperbackpages. Most overrated book ever. Thus, any artistic medium that relies heavily on comedy is likely to engender varied responses. In Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Style I thought “Confederacy” was very much like a zany TV sitcom. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page. To ask other readers questions about A Confederacy of Duncesplease sign up.