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A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES (German) Mass Market Paperback – 1982
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I re-read aCoD every three to five years for a "humility tune up." The book is a highly polished soul mirror that's a lot more true-to-life than most people want it to be. Ignatius, or "His Royal Malignancy" as I like to call him, is the central character, and an extreme example of an arrogant bastard with absolutely nothing to be arrogant about, but the whole book is like a case study for John Calvin's doctrine of total depravity; everyone in it is---to some degree--indelibly screwed up. I suspect this is why so many people hate this book. At some point they see themselves here and realize that the depth of their own depravity is invariably greater than they suspected, realized, or certainly would ever have cared to admit.
If you love Ignatius J. Reilly, there is probably something really wrong with you, but if you hate him---there definitely is. Either way, you're doomed.
In fact, all of the characters in this book are working as hard as they can to implement their false visions of reality, with clashing and hilarious results. If you expect to like these characters, you'll be disappointed, but if you just read this book on its own terms, prepare for a huge belly laugh every 15-30 minutes.