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
"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)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Main character was uninteresting and annoying
His various voices all sounded like him faking an accent.
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.
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.
I have no idea what would transform an un-funny writer to a funny one.
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.
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".
This is a highly over-rated book. Even the weather-report for central Sahara is more entertaining than this.
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.
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