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A Confederacy of Dunces | [John Kennedy Toole]

A Confederacy of Dunces

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "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.
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Publisher's Summary

"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once." So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "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.

©1980 Thelma D. Toole; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note." (AudioFile)
"A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right." (Rolling Stone)
"What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is! I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Jennifer NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 06-09-07
    Jennifer NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 06-09-07 Member Since 2005
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    "THE funniest book ever!!!"

    This book was far and away the cleverest most laugh out load funny book I have ever listened too. Great Perfomance by the Narrator. A must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Max Hollywood, FL, USA 02-28-07
    Max Hollywood, FL, USA 02-28-07
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    "awe"

    this was a comedy, with hints of obscure philosophy that endear the reader to the massive protaganist with flowing diction, and new orleans language. Riley is a revolutionary, immobile and irrational. Despite his life, he is a committed idealist who never loses hisself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JC 12-03-06
    JC 12-03-06
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    "One of my all time favorite books"

    Many people recommended this book to me as one of their favorite books and I can see why. The story is incredibly inventive and the language extraordinary. It is made more tragic by knowing the sad fate of the gifted author.

    The narrator enhanced the book terrifically bringing to life the eccentric characters with his distinctive and appealing voices.

    Many times I found myself laughing out loud...something I almost never do when reading.

    I didn't want the book to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J W Jefferson City, MO, USA 01-03-06
    J W Jefferson City, MO, USA 01-03-06
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    "I'm Joining The Confederacy"

    I've started reading this book three times and, on each such occasion, lost interest somewhere in the third or fourth chapter. I decided to purchase the audio book and, like the lazy main character of this work, just sit back and let someone else do the work.

    Having just sufferred through the 16 hour reading, I must say that the author's early life suicide surely must have lowered the bar for his Pulitzer consideration. Compare this to Rick Bragg's All Over But The Shouting (also a Pulitzer winner) and you'll surely agree that living writers much jump a great deal higher to achieve that prize. Save your money by passing on this one and buy everything Bragg publishes.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric valencia, CA, USA 08-16-09
    Eric valencia, CA, USA 08-16-09
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    "Wanted to like it, but didn't!"

    I've tried to read this book dozens of times but could never get through it. Thought listening might help. It didn't.

    Liked the description of character but the narrative was thin.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    RBJ NYC 07-24-13
    RBJ NYC 07-24-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Annoying and fell short of the hype"
    Would you try another book from John Kennedy Toole and/or Barrett Whitener?

    No


    What was most disappointing about John Kennedy Toole’s story?

    Main character was uninteresting and annoying


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    His various voices all sounded like him faking an accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Confederacy of Dunces?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    If you find characters that sit around and complain about everything interesting and you find stories that ramble and go absolutely nowhere, this is the book for you. That being said the authors command of the written word is without equal. The story was awful but the writing, descriptions and story telling were truly amazing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 08-13-12
    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Overrated"
    What would have made A Confederacy of Dunces better?

    A Confederacy of Dunces would have been a lot better if it had been written by someone who is funny. I don't think Mr Toole is very funny and I have no idea why this book has sold well. It is boring.


    What could John Kennedy Toole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no idea what would transform an un-funny writer to a funny one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barrett Whitener?

    I am not sure if changing narrators would be at all helpful. I suppose you could make it slightly more entertaining by having Tony Blair read it in a funny voice, or get Gilbert Gottfried to read it REALLY LOUD.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Confederacy of Dunces?

    It wouldn't be so much the cutting of a scene as throwing the entire book in the wood-chipper and going "oops -- oh well".


    Any additional comments?

    This is a highly over-rated book. Even the weather-report for central Sahara is more entertaining than this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E Orinda 05-22-10
    E Orinda 05-22-10
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    "Marginally entertaining meandering"

    I kept waiting for the point, and finally after reaching the end I realized that there really wasn't one. Disappointing at best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10
    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Ugh"

    I found it boring. I wish I'd read the other reviews first. I guess just because a book wins an award doesn't mean it'll be enjoyable to hear.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Ferriday, LA, USA 09-29-09
    Debra Ferriday, LA, USA 09-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Yuck"

    Tedious, I don't think it works well as an audiobook

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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