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)
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.
The genre of this book and this particular type of humor are ones that I generally like, but the narration and the way the book is written just put me off.
I found both extremely irritating and just quit the book after an hour.
I spent over 3 hours of my life listening to the first of this book thinking that it would get better - it won a Pulitzer prize for heaven's sake. However, it was SO poorly read and the main character so repulsive that I finally gave up. It is not that the accents are inaccurate, but the narration is just bad. The main character is obese, profane, lazy, a liar, blaming all his problems on others - this is not funny, it is disgusting. Don't waste your time or money - you have been warned!
This work is a masterpiece that captures the rare spirit and quirk of New Orleans, and for fans of the culture is an essential read. As a resident of New Orleans, I regret to say the reading of this is all wrong. There are myriad local actors who could have gotten the subtlety of the nuance of the accent down pat, instead the accent is a muddled, quasi-southern (which exists no where in New Orleans). Regretfully this one thing - and its a big thing - ruined the audio book for me. I've read CoD easily 20 times now, but thought the audio version would be fun on my commute.
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