I read this book while I was in college and I fell in love with it. I must have read it 20 times over the past the 20 years. This book is a classic. You must read it, and get ready to laugh out loud!!
I was surprised at how much I liked this book, given that almost all the characters (with the exception of Jones and perhaps one other character) are thoroughly unlikable. This is especially true in regard to the book's grotesque protagonist, Ignacius J. Reilly, one of the funniest and most original characters I've seen in a long time. Despite Reilly's unlikeability, it's a testament to Toole's writing that at times we identify with the selfish, socially-inept buffoon. At other points, Toole skews it so that we're hoping Reilly's world comes crashing down around his head.
A trenchant and biting depiction of 1960s culture written at its outset rather than in hindsight.
I tried to read this on paper twice and finally got through it because of the clearly talented narrator for this audiobook. Perhaps reading this book in 2011 is the same as watching Citizen Kane. If you know why it was so amazing in its day, you can take some pleasure in it. But now that every unique piece of both works has been done and overdone, they seem grim, outdated, and tiresome. That said, the notion that our best and worst natures will manifest despite ourselves is a worthy idea; and this book (if nothing else) captures that beautifully.
Excellent listen. Complex, wonder dialog, subtle social criticism and one of the best character creations. Barrett Whitener does a exceedingly good job of narration.
This is a quirky story about a really eccentric man. I read this book several years ago and wanted to buy it on audio to listen on my drive to and from work. The narration is absolutely spot on and really brings out more in this book than just reading it. If you are familiar with New Orleans, then you will enjoy this book even more as the follies unfold all over town.
The author does a nice job of developing characters, but I thought the plot was pretty weak and not that interesting. It also ends rather abruptly but by that time I was ready for the book to end. The narrator is excellent however and I'll never be able to think of the hero of the book without thinking of the voice that perfectly matches the character.
A great and enjoyable book, simply stated.
But what makes this stand out is the deft and capable narrator. Absolutely astounding how well it was read. The cadences of New Orleans brought out superbly. Each character distinct and novel. This reading brought this book to life in the most wonderful way.
Ignatius J. Riley's "Oh my God!" will stay with me forever.
I've read reviews from several sources and this seems to be one of those books with no middle ground - you either adore or abhor it. I fell to the latter. Couldn't stand the main character nor nearly any other character in the book. I thought the narrator did a tremendous job with the material he had to work with. Jones came through to be the only character that I could stand to listen to by the end of the book.
Truly a confederacy of dunces. I have never read a book with such unique and eccentric characters. A roller coaster ride from one hilarious set of unlikely circumstances and outrageous situations to another. The confidence of the less than stellar hero Ignatius Riley, that he alone was the sane and injured participant of each of these situations rather than the cause of each one was amazingly believable.A quirky and delightful read. What a tragedy,that the author, John Kennedy Toole took his own life,without knowing his work would be published and awarded the Pulitzer Prize.