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A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – March 30, 2000
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"What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is. I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on."
About the Author
John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937. He received a master's degree in English from Columbia University and taught at Hunter College and at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He wrote A Confederacy of Dunces in the early sixties and tried unsuccessfully to get the novel published; depressed, at least in part by his failure to place the book, he committed suicide in 1969. It was only through the tenacity of his mother that her son's book was eventually published and found the audience it deserved.
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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.
The title fits the characters perfectly. Everyone of them. It was hilarious, entertaining, and kept me reading until I was finished. I'm glad I saw that story on the author's life, or else I would have never known about this book. This book is a must read for anyone, whether you live in New Orleans, or know a group of dunces and can relate. My one wish is that the author could have had this published and gotten the recognition he deserved before he took his life. Maybe it would have prevented his suicide and we could still be reading his works today.
Ignatius Reilly may be the most colorful character written in the 20th century. He is rude, oddly intelligent on obscure ways, racist, narcissistic, and completely insane. He combines every bad mannered characteristic that you have encountered. You are supposed to both hate and pity his pathetic existence. This is the genius of John Kennedy Toole - he has created a character that is larger than life and has illuminated the insanity of his narcissistic ramblings.
I am not sure ow to explain the writing style - it can be difficult to follow. At times Toole changes perspective from paragraph to paragraph and intermingles the characters thoughts almost randomly. The prose is vey strong, but "A Confederacy of Dunces" was a slow read for me. it is difficult to explain it, but the style is similar to Faulkner - and it certainly is not everyone.
Many people compare "A Confederacy of Dunces" to Don Quixote but to me it reminds me more of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. All three combine ridiculous scenes, and some not-so-subtle social commentary. However, Toole is able to match the wit of Twain but is able to elevate the style of writing. One of the criticisms of Twain was that he wrote children's books (an unfair criticism in my view). Make no mistake - Toole has written a book for adults (and parts are rather vulgar).
Final Verdict - It really is a shame that Toole only left us this one work - perhaps he would have never been able to match "A Confederacy of Dunces" but it would have been interesting to have seen how he progressed as a writer.
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