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A Confederacy of Dunces

He’s motivated by the greater good, only he hasn’t factored people into the equation. Over pages, and nothing to quote. I’m actually not sure if that was sarcasm, either. I was going to ask them about baby-related stuff, but Colin cut me off immediately.

Through his quixotic anti-hero, Ignatius J. Why is this book so highly praised? Everyone I know loves this book, and I know I am in a minority here. I put it down not to pick back up for more than a year at which point I decided to read up to page Then you should dip rather extensively into early Medieval. If you decide to spend an afternoon with Ignatius you will laugh even if you don’t want to, and as you turn the final pages you will wish that Toole had written just one more chapter or two.

Veneration of Mark Twain is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate. The story of Toole, and the novel by which he apparently vented the demons that lurked within his existentially unhale self, is a sad one, and that foreknowledge endows A Confederacy of Dunces with a patina of melancholy before the first page is turned; a lacquer directly at odds with the immensely high expectations and consequent eagerness I brought into its reading due to the superlatives I had discovered ere I opted to take the plunge: Sep 20, Nathan rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Well, they’re probably either a best friend, a comrade whom I hold in worship-approximating esteem, or my cool cousin or uncle or something like that.

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In a short lived relationship with some black workers from a pants factory he discovered that they were striving for the wrong things.

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I had the time of my life with Beaumarchais yesterday, laughing out loud several times at his play, so maybe my sense of humour is just dated. Had it not been for conjurx superior brawn, she would have sacked my wagon. I almost gave up after the first 20 pages, but I decided to stick with it and give it a chance.

Ignatius is a toile, boorish person to follow. I got no Paradise Dogs. A weird and wonderful book. It’s not that I don’t love my Kindle because I do, to an almost psychotic extent. She dogged Walker Percy’s footsteps, literally pushing the manuscript into his hands, asking him to read her son’s novel.

Slapstick, not irony or Have I lost my sense of humour? Sep 29, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: One of the best books I’ve read this year. Her solution is to take him to New York, where she has been living. He conjurw constructed his own medieval world-view by which he judges everything and everybody around him.


He is supported by his mother, with some supplementary income from his half-hearted attempts to find employment, and keep employment himself. Suffice it to say that I probably wasn’t conscious of a lot of the influences, other than the obvious references to Boethius’ “The Consolations of Philosophy”.

His evident intelligence, his publishing failures, and his depression clearly combined to lead him to his unfortunate end.

She must have inflicted me with some kind of temporary Toolf syndrome because I was helpless to squelch the string of profanities that wrenched themselves from my mouth every time she opened hers.

Hate is nexios pretty strong word. But this isn’t about my Kindle: Ignatius is all the more attracted to this scheme, because he knows what effect it will have on Myrna: I mean, homosexuals must me writhing in their skin with the type of singular one-dimensional characterization Mr.

Toole appears to despise his own characters.