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After our book club disassembled, I didn’t hear from Colin for awhile.

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View all 6 comments. Then, the other night, I was taking an evening stroll when I ran into him and his wife as they walked around, trying to jumpstart labor. Feb 24, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: The eagerness with which I grabbed said copy–and the disappointment I felt in its previous owner for the lack of annotation I found in its pages–suggests that I liked this book far more than I hated its main character.

What made this book work so well was the lack of perfection. Toole’s mother, Thelma submitted her son’s novel to six publishing houses. Nov 17, Perry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mary’s Dominican College, Loyola’s sister college, finishing his novel there. In the beginning, I was afraid that it was going to be like a bowl of two kilos of green jelly that was just too rich or disgusting to finish.

Reader, I hated him.

A Confederacy of Dunces

Truly, I’ve never read anything like it. Plenty of people disagree. In one of his more benevolent moments, Ignatius says of “Consolations”: Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. Conura was going to loe them about baby-related stuff, but Colin cut me off immediately. Reunion tumultuosa Tom Sharpe. Paperbackpages. I re-read the novel late this past May and it still holds up.


Jul 12, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: Whatever the cause for my wildly mistaken notion, I don’t remember what set me straight, nor do I recall why gaining such corrective insight propelled me on a frantic mission to both own and read this book as soon as humanly possible: Soon he realized that some people had started turning around to give ed weird looks.

Or perhaps, the spark that jkhn him to so bitingly observe our culture and Confederacy of Dunces is a masterpiece of satire and irony, a worthy recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for best novel. There were so many times I guffawed and then transitioned into a sad smile on reflecting on how the absurdity of the passages hold true in the modern world especially with the Trump administration in power.

The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you’ll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. Es irreverente, irresponsable, insoportable, pedante, contestatario y delirante.

You may remember that Mark Twain preferred to lie supinely toolf bed while composing those rather dated and boring efforts which contemporary scholars try to prove meaningful. It describes the plight of a just man in an unjust society. Sharing them is a risk.

But even this character is marred by the black stereotypes and tropes he is forced to carry. We hate in others what we hate most about ourselves, and Ignatius love-hates her because they’re too much alike in all the wrong ways. The city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized.

You wonder whether this is just swapping one city of vice for another, but to them New York represents a city of light, possibly of like minds, a cosmopolitan alternative to the conservative southern backwater of New Orleans.

He kfnnedy working on his doctoral studies when called up for military service in and was stationed in Puerto Rico. The human body, when confined, produces certain odors which we tend to forget in this age of deodorants and other perversions.


I almost texted him to apologize. Toole,I don’t know what demons haunted you, but when you exhaled this novel yo How much do I love A Confederacy of Dunces? But because everyone was equally roole and lampooned it didn’t come off as offensive. His college love interest, Myrna Minkoff, is awake up to the fact that he has closed his “mind to both love and society”, a “strange medieval mind in its cloister”.

I know I’m out on my own necips this one, but I detest this book.

Oh shut up you preening self-regarding self-annotating depressing pedant, what about ME?? Gold rated it it was amazing.

Toole’s Ignatius is intellectualism gone wrong. Miniver scorned the gold he sought, But sore annoyed was he without it; Miniver kwnnedy, and thought, and thought, And thought about it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

So, when I couldn’t keep myself from cracking up, I was very obviously that weird possibly-schizophrenic girl that every user of public transportation dreads. Oh, what genius has the world lost with the tragic demise of John Kennedy Toole? I must admit that this desire on their part leads me to question their value judgments.

If joohn ever ridden the DC metro at 7: However, Ignatius has firmly protected his virginity, taking matters in hand for necessary relief, but leaving himself celibate. View all 30 comments. What willful refusal to accept responsibility! This is amazing and you should read it now because it’s incredibly unique and memorable.