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Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") But Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.
Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next. His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. Ignatius's path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss Trixie, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, comically thwarted; gay blade Dorian Greene; sinister Miss Lee, proprietor of the Night of Joy nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the girl Ignatius loves to hate. 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. But it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life--who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great book, just finished reading it for the 3rd time in 30 years.Published 1 hour ago by Joe Tuggle
The price for Kindle books by major publishers are getting out of hand. It's ridiculous. And, I already bought the paperback from you, yet you want me to pay again to have it... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Readhead13
The most unique book I have ever read. It's a good read if you find yourself taking life too serious. Which is ironic seeing how Toole met his demise. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Harry E. Lally
What a fantastic and clever riot this book is! The characters are iconic and personal, and the seamier sides of New Orleans come to colorful life as never before. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Brion Morrisette
This is a great classic with outlandish characters. The writer was discovered by Walker Percy after his death. Read morePublished 1 day ago by gbenest
Fantastic characterizations. Stunning dialogue, hilarious situations. This book is truly a work of art. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Milk Chocolate
Item as described and arrived in a timely manner. This is a great book, but I should have bought a bridged version, since the language at times gets a bit tidious with lots of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mellago
Funny, irreverent. This character driven novel makes you laugh,and makes you think. You'll fall in love with the colorful charactersPublished 6 days ago by Robin1122
Nice to reread Confederacy in preparation for a trip to New Orleans. The back story is just as interesting as the book. Love itPublished 7 days ago by D. Noto