A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
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The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning classic hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue." A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).

Kaeru's Review

KaeruKaeru wrote a review
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Wildly funny, unique reading experience. Starts out slow but the absurdness is masterfully increased as the book progresses. The protagonist is wonderfully ambiguous, at times incredibly sympathetic, at times absolutely repulsive. This is not a book about anything, but at the same time I have not read many books containing so many spot-on descriptions of humanities shortcomings.
KaeruKaeru wrote a review
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Wildly funny, unique reading experience. Starts out slow but the absurdness is masterfully increased as the book progresses. The protagonist is wonderfully ambiguous, at times incredibly sympathetic, at times absolutely repulsive. This is not a book about anything, but at the same time I have not read many books containing so many spot-on descriptions of humanities shortcomings.