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)
It's a great novel with a brilliant readying performance. I've listened to this more times than I wish to admit. Quickly, hilarious and well written.
A wonderfully written book. Easily in my Top 5 Audible listens. LOVE the main character. And the narrator was spot-on perfect. If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, check your pulse!
About equal. I love this book and it's been great to hear it read aloud also.
The characters were all one dimensional but you really don't mind. Great satirical comedy.
The individual voices for each character bring them to life as much as the written descriptions.
Obviously it was Ignatius J. Reilly.
Love the book. One of the funniest books I've ever read but the reading of it did not fit well.
Reader made Ignatius J. Reilly sound more like Yosemite Sam than an overgrown, childish, socially awkward individual. Completely ruined it for me.
Great book though. Its a must read
Say something about yourself!
Haven't read it but the characterization from the reader was great.
The way Ignatious sees the world... sickening
Ignatious J Reilly
History through the eyes of truth.
I am convinced the author is/was a time traveler who played the sims and then went back to write a this story
characters who stay true to their personality traits at all costs
dropping items anywhere that suits them
living on whatever food is presented to them
a hint about changing a personality as easily as changing a wig
pulling buckets of paint from pockets
and, of course, ever place needs a pet!
forget all the banter and deep discussion about what the author "really meant" ... go live vicariously in simsville!
The book itself is tremendous. The performance is spirited and the narrator is quite adept at voices, but he consistently mispronounced names that anyone with ANY knowledge of the city would know. It's difficult to listen to.
Chartres Street is "Charters" not "Shart."
Poydras is "POY-druss" not "poy-DRAH"
Carondolet is "cah-RON-do-let" not "cah-ron-do-LAY"
and so on. Basic stuff.
Yes but a bit of research before narrating wouldn't be misplaced.
In the beginning, I was entertained. Towards the end, it got too stupid to finish.
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