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I hated him at home. He killed himself; his mom found this manuscript and got someone to publish it. Why is this book so highly praised? See all 18 questions about A Confederacy of Dunces…. Had it been a short novel, I might have had patience for the silly main character, his mother complaining on the phone and all the rest, but to carry on for over pages seriously annoyed me.

Up from the Sloth Ignatius’ mother embarrasses and coaxes him into getting a job, which is the beginning of his interaction with the wider world. No one loves them, just the odd post-grad creep scribbling a note in the margins of something unreadable.

La Conjura de Los Necios : John Kennedy Toole :

Those readers familiar with New Orleans readily recognize that the city comes to life in Toole’s novel. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You do want to write down some of the lines, so that you can use them on your friends, but secretly you know that you’ll never get into a situation where they’d be equally appropriate or funny.

Jul 16, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: His college love interest, Myrna Minkoff, is awake up to the fact that he has closed his “mind to both love and society”, a “strange medieval mind in its cloister”. Do most people relate with Ignatius? All the characters with whom Ignatius has come into contact come together in a night of comedic chaos that may well determine Ignatius’ fate.

Percy reluctantly agreed, but upon completing the read recognized that he had read something great. I think the most valuable thing I learned was to lie on my left side to fart.

A Confederacy of Dunces

But we know what is in store for Ignatius and Myrna in New York: You don’t want to live next to him. Ignatius is a tiresome, boorish person to follow. And he is never loveable. I am tempted to take it up again one of these days, that I could determine whether an abundance of books and years under my belt may have inclined me to chortle and marvel at what previously had induced mostly pursed lips and impatient grunts—but then there are all of these one and two star reviews, by people whose opinions I respect and value, lending weighty support to my more potent determination that life is simply too short, and there are far too many books, to give up the time required for that particular Toolean experiment.


You certainly don’t want to be related to him. It’s a conundrum, is what it is—and one that, knowing myself as I do, will likely be resolved in favor of apathy—for this book still needles me at times when I detect its lonely, dusty presence up upon a distant corner shelf, and gets me to pondering Was I wrong?

The salvos came fast and fierce. You aren’t my type, sorry. It was my buddy Colin who picked the book. Everyone I know loves this book, and I know I am in a minority here.

Published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy who also contributed a foreword and Toole’s mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream success; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction inand is now considered a canonical work of modern literature of A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication ineleven years after Toole’s suicide. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you kennddy your new lennedy book.

But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton tha One kenedy morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC. He is bombastically opinionated, gaseous, arrogant, and tkole at the world through a Ignatius kaleidoscope that has little resemblance to real life.

Poor guy didn’t have neciox option but to put the book down. He got pissed off at me and told me that I didn’t get it. And he definitely called it fate, or at least the work of the fickle Goddess Fortuna, of whom Boethius, the last classical writer wrote in Ignatius’s favorite book, The Consolation of Philosophy.


A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

It is not kennedu Ignatius hasn’t had his chance at love, Myrna Minkoff, that “little minx” as he calls her, has attempted to bed him on more than one occasion, while they both attended college in New Orleans.

Their letters are strokes of narrative brilliance, offering a richly suggested history between the two: Jul 30, Steve rated it it was ok. But once you commit, the book pulls you, rather than becios having to push the book. I’ve read the novel at least ten times and this edition which a friend rightfully noted displays an uglyass cover became my glove compartment book through a few years of waiting-in-the-carpool-lane-after-school stretches.

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What a colossal waste of my life. I can imagine the fits of kenedy his students would have had as they heard some of the sentences and expressions emerge from his mouth. View all 33 comments. This is the book that almost broke my book club. The city districts, streets and stores are readily recognized. Maybe it’s because of the title. I thought the book was ok. What I viewed as a miss may have been because the bar was so high.

I found the descriptions of New Orleans particularly diverting. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of El Almuerzo Desnudo William Burroughs. Of course, my exile is voluntary.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The real sadness is the story of the author, who wrote this book and never showed it to a soul before committing suicide when he was View all 61 comments. Confederacy of Dunces is the Forrest Gump of literature and I’d like to never have another conversation about this book kemnedy long as I live.