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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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    Don 01-12-11
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    "Huh?!"

    Tolerated through chapter 2 before I decided it wasn't going to get any less annoying. Just couldn't stop thinking about smacking every one of the characters as I was listening.

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    Carol 01-03-11
    Carol 01-03-11
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    "I couldn't finish the book"

    I had no problems with the narration. I really just didn't get the story. I found the characters. especially the main character, to be absolutely annoying. I really don't like "not finishing" a book, but I finally told myself life is just too short to waste on a book that I don't like.

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    Gail 05-12-10
    Gail 05-12-10
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    "the best"

    I think I will never take this off my MP3 player. It is like an old beloved friend. Perfectly narrated in wonderful voices, it is a marvelous original story that never tires. Simply my favorite.

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    Roger M. Young North Charleston, South Carolina United States 05-07-10
    Roger M. Young North Charleston, South Carolina United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "If you love NOLA you'll love this"

    Full Disclosure: I love New Orleans. This book's setting takes place several decades ago, and NOLA has changed somewhat due to Katrina, but it's still a special city and this is a special book. It helps to love NOLA to "get" this book. It's hilarious, and the main character is a head case - hell all the characters are - but that's what makes this such a special book. The reader does a good job of picking up the local accents and flavors. Stick with it - you'll be laughing out loud in parts. There's a good reason this book won a Pulitzer. It's a masterpiece character study. I wish the author had lived to write more.

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    Robert E. Scarcelle 06-23-09 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't get it"

    I am going to chalk this one up to a matter of taste. I grasp what the author was trying to do, and I chuckled from time to time but overall this book was not my cup of tea. I wouldn't however, recommend you not listening to it since the majority of reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

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    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 06-16-09
    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 06-16-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Animated narrator makes a funny book phenomenal"

    I have tried to read this book a few times in the print edition. I found it amusing, but the character dialect would distract and confuse me, and I always put the book down without finishing it. Whitener's narration, however, complete with character-specific voices and dialect, brought the story to life, and I enjoyed it immensely. Kudos for a brilliant reading of a fantastic book.

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    Carol Holliston, MA, USA 06-02-09
    Carol Holliston, MA, USA 06-02-09
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    "A Confederacy of Dunces"

    I first purchased this book to read over 5 years ago and "tried" it a couple of times, but just couldn't capture the essense of Ignatius as I had been told by others. This was my first download of an audible book and I was thrilled at the readers interpretation of him. I do agree with another reviewer that the character seemed to be an older person by this readers interpretation, yet I still found it to be a wonderful experience. I laughed all the way through it, and have since bored all my co-workders with the antics of all the characters. Miss Trixie is a character in which I could easily visualize, along with all the rest. Barrett Whitener did a wonderful job in his reading.

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    Ira colleryville , TX, USA 12-23-08
    Ira colleryville , TX, USA 12-23-08
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    "This book is hilarious"

    I'm sure there is some point to it, but maybe the point is that there isn't any point. In any case the book is laugh out loud funny and you can't help but take life a little less seriously after listening to it.

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    Zakir Ashland, OR, USA 12-09-08
    Zakir Ashland, OR, USA 12-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Stellar!!"

    The narration brings the characters to life. An excellent portrayal of colorful characters. Erudite prose. Intricate humor.

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    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 09-06-07
    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 09-06-07 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "Beautifully drawn unbeautiful characters"

    Set in New Orleans, Dunces is a hilarious tale of some really unlikeable folks....dysfunctional misfits who blunder along committing the innumerable human errors that all of us are guilty of at times...and they do all this so well that you will nearly die laughing....the whole bunch of them should be on strong psychoactive medicine, but if they were, there would be no laughter....and in the end the reader may find that this funny story has something serious to say about life, or American society, or the human race, or all of the above...if you can get beyond the first dispicable major character, you will be on one interesting trip through what Mark Twain used to call "the whole damned human race", and you will understand why O'Toole must have had the same viewpoint about mankind.

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