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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, November 30, 2012
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This review is from: Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces (Kindle Edition)
A book about his mother might have been more instructive. Oh, this really is a book about his mother, unless you consider it an insight to suggest that a writer of this period might slide a piece of paper into his typewriter and, yes, write. Great book - no, not this one, by no means - but A Confederacy of Dunces, yes.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012 4:21:58 PM PST
Jingybopa says:
You have obviously completely missed the point of this book.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 5:35:51 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:49:17 AM PST
Really this review does a disservice to the efforts of the author who obviously put a great deal of time and thought into a book that was difficult to produce, since the author has been gone so long. One wonders what would have happened if Ma Toole had channeled her disdain while the book had been submitted to just one publisher, into support and encouragement for her son to keep submitting to other publishers. In that regard it is sadly a book about her, but it clearly is much more and the author obviously made great efforts to provide the window to us.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013 5:00:02 PM PST
Which you are keeping to yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013 5:01:36 PM PST
Probably, as you suggest, the writer did try very hard. Why should that oblige the reader to do likewise?

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 12:52:31 AM PST
Steve Westre says:
I've recommended Confederacy to people who didn't like it and so it's easy for me to understand why a reviewer would give one star to Confederacy, but I find it difficult to understanding someone liking Confederacy but not liking Butterfly in the Typewriter. I'm more comfortable with this review if I imagine one of the characters in A Confederacy of Dunces writing it.
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