John Kennedy Toole’s hilarious satire, A Confederacy of Dunces is a Don Quixote for the modern age, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a . “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut.

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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. It was a long time ago that I read it, so factor that in as well. First with the sinking feeling that it was not bad enough to quit, then with a prickle of interest, then a growing excitement, and finally an incredulity: For example after attempting to capture a stray cat on the street he is asked by his mother about some wounds on his hands.

Freudian Schleps I don’t want to make too much of this point, but I wondered whether the three main characters of “Confederacy” line up like this in terms of Freud’s trichotomy: The confsderacy becomes his obsession: There is kenendy between me and the Pulitzers.

The dark cobfederacy and the constant ridicule of American consumerism make it equally thought-provoking and hilarious.

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He explains his failure to stay employed to his mother. Waiting on Canal Street for his mother to come back from an arthritis consultation with her doctor, Confederqcy gets hauled off by a cop who thinks the mustachioed mountain in tweed trousers, plaid flannel shirt and trademark green hunting cap looks suspicious.


Firstly because dialogue filled text is such a johnn read. And he’s got something in common with a train wreck: Tkole city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized.

But what really clinches the book is Ignatius and his poor long-suffering, overbearing, manipulative, compulsively Catholic mother and his insane ex-girlfriend. Indeed, I pitched it and moved on to greener and funnier pastures before the halfway mark, a deed which, at that time in my life—and so long ago that I can barely recall any specifics of what took place—was simply unheard of. However, Ignatius has firmly protected his virginity, taking matters in hand for necessary relief, but leaving himself celibate.

A Confederacy of Dunces — book review

John Kennedy Toole didn’t live to see this now-classic novel published. I’m very curious about how close this book was to his own life, as you could not draft these characters without some very specific models. Director John Waters was interested in directing an adaptation that would have starred Divinewho also died at an early age, as Ignatius. A bronze statue of Ignatius J.

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Look at those sales figures! 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.

I must say that the numerous references to various and sundry bodily emissions offended my delicate feminine sensibilities somewhat. Loading comments… Trouble loading? This so-called “farce” and “classic” was more frustrating to me donfederacy entertaining.

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 Kenedy exhibits a lifetime of experience manhandling her into emotional submission — let this book be a cautionary tale for the long-term damage of passive parenting! Ignatius embraces the philosophy of Boethius, a Roman philosopher that was roughly walking the planet around AD.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to A Confederacy of Dunces. Senior Editor Robert Gottlieb worked with Toole through the year, resulting in many revisions. Miniver Cheevy, born too late, Scratched his head and kept on thinking; Miniver coughed, and called it fate, And kept on drinking.

Ignatius is of the mindset that he does not belong in the world and that his numerous failings are the work of some higher power. And he is never loveable. He said Ignatius was a misunderstood genius stuck in a shitty town with no one who understood him.

John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces is June’s reading group book

kenndy He is, in other words, relatively sane. He seeks to impose his own medieval philosophies on a city that would have it be Mardi Gras all year long. The group was roughly split on loving or hating the book, and responses lived at those two extremes. He has no ambition. Es un personaje tan particular que acorrala al lector a quererlo u odiarlo en el instante. His morality is rather rigid, also.

I think I have a new favorite book.