The Neon Bible [John Kennedy Toole] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Kennedy Toole—who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for . John Kennedy Toole, Author, W. Kenneth Holditch, Introduction by a writer who later far surpassed it, The Neon Bible is a compendium of authorial first steps. The The Neon Bible Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, by John Kennedy Toole.

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His responses to the people he encounters are fully articulated in first person.

Life seemed to stand still, mired in a swamp of despair, until one day she came across the typescript of A Confederacy of Dunces and found a new purpose. On strength of this promise, David quits his job.


tooole His wife insists that crops cannot grow in the clay of the hill soil. She felt abandoned, even betrayed, the son to whom she had devoted the past three decades dead, her husband isolated in his deafness. His description of the revival tent scene is nothing short of perfection. Feb 07, Jerome Berglund rated it it was amazing.

To see what your ghe thought of this book, please sign up. But obviously much of this history evolved well after he wrote The Neon Bible. I abandoned it the first time I tried to read it, about 6 years tooole. What a goddamn genius!! A Confederacy of Dunces His father was incapacitated by deafness, and the private elocution lessons with which Thelma had for years supplemented their income were no longer fashionable. I think it was his own mindset.


Thoroughly engrossing but also sad. The revivalist Bobbie Lee Taylor preaches: As we know, this was then published to instant and great acclaim and has been keennedy in print ever since, and translated into numerous languages. Meantime he was teaching kenjedy a New Orleans college, pursuing a Ph. The book is told entirely from the first person, and the main character is rarely referred to as David. Want to Read saving…. He had left a note addressed “To my parents,” which his mother read and then destroyed.

Aug 18, Rand added it Shelves: David grows up friendless and awkward.

As a novel it fhe fairly well done, and the story is an interesting one. Apr 12, Brandon Henke rated it really liked it Shelves: You had to think what your father thought all his life, and that was what everybody thought. The traveling preacher teaches that popular dance is a prelude to ‘immorality’. View all 3 comments.

No, sir, that is the playground of the devil. The language therein is rich and boisterous, the style sweeping in its intensity. Some years after his death by suicide, Toole’s mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of the novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print.


David, the credulous narrator, inhabits a gothic but typically southern landscape: In cramped, old-fashioned script she composed numerous letters and a memoir of John, which I typed.

THE NEON BIBLE by John Kennedy Toole | Kirkus Reviews

He taught at a city college and was pursuing a Ph. After seeing Aunt Mae off, he reflects on his situation. Open Preview See a Problem? My impression of this novel was immediately that I could not believe that a teenager wrote it.

The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was 16 years old when he wrote this novel. But when I look back at those early short stories I wrote in my bedroom, I sometimes admire a turn of phrase, and I mostly cringe at my naivete.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Not only have I spent many family holidays and all of my college years in New Orleans, but Confederacy was the first book that my husband thw I had in common from the start.

I’ve found that books with a young narrator ca This was honestly hard for me to read at times.