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- DescriptionIgnatius J Reilly of New Orleans is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk amongst the flesh-pots of a fallen city, documenting life on his Big Cief tablets as he goes - until his maroon-haired mother decrees that he must work.
- Author BiographyJohn Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937 and died in 1969. He received a master's degree in English from Columbia University and taught at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He wrote A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES in the early sixties and tried unsuccessfully to get his novel published; depressed by his failure to do so he committed suicide. It is only through the tenacity of his mother, wholse faith in her son's work never wavered, that his book has found its deserved audience.
- PrizesWinner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1981.
- Author(s)John Kennedy Toole
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication25/02/1999
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Out-of-print date05/09/2011
- Weight230 g
- Width111 mm
- Height181 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Foreword byWalker Percy
- Format DetailsA-format paperback
Most relevant reviews
- phinehasfrary06 Apr, 2017by
I chose this book after I found it on a list of the all-time funniest books. It is not funny. There are no interesting or attractive characters, and there is no plot to speak of.
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- redcranmore08 Jun, 2015by
Follow outrageous Ignatius and his struggle to evade being normal
A tedious book, the story line seems to never get off the ground. The main character is the author speaking in hifalutin semi educated circumlocution. but there you go now I am doing it. The characters are too impossible to follow and that leaves you wanting more. So apart from the rambling letters which could easily be left out, you have the makings of a great book with amazing dialogue, that could never be transferred to the stage because the characters live in your imagination A struggle but I enjoyed it
- lavender00306 Apr, 2015by
I love this book, I literally cried laughing the first time I read it!
I love this book - have bought numerous copies over the years and end up giving them away or lending them and not getting them back! Its a 'Marmite' book...if like me you were born pre 1960's and understand that things were 'different' back then, in terms of equality and the way people interacted, then you will recognise much that will make you smile,as the author is skilful in his portrayal of his characters. However its not a book for those who are likely to be upset or offended by a 'snapshot' of America in the 60's with all its faults and the 'white' culture which prevailed in so many ways, a culture which now we rightly regard as pretty shocking and unacceptable. However, the characters are very real and the day to day struggles of the fat, flatulent 'hero' have made me laugh out loud many times. Sadly, at the time, the author was not able to find a publisher and reportedly committed suicide in despair, whilst still comparatively young. The book finally found a publisher due to the efforts of John Kennedy Toole's mother and it has become a bit of a cult classic. Read full review