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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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    Blake Farmers Branch, TX, United States 04-05-06
    Blake Farmers Branch, TX, United States 04-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing Audio Performance"

    I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it. It is filled with fantastic characters (in both senses of the word) and even better dialog. It is really the dialog that carries the book for me.

    I wanted to reread the book and when I saw it was available in audio book format I jumped on it.

    The audio version is unbelievably wonderful. While it is not a dramatized version you almost feel that it is because of the PERFECT voices used for the characters. You really get the feel for the personality of Ignatious (the main characther).

    I cannot reccomend this highly enough for fans of quirky fiction. This is a perfect audio adaptation of an already great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dubuque, IA, USA 01-31-06
    Michael Dubuque, IA, USA 01-31-06
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    "Facinating"

    I was facinated by this audio book - hating to turn off my MP3 player each morning and go to work. Each night on the commuter train ride back home, I was transported to the New Orleans of my youth. At times, laugh out load funny, but always utterly riveting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan St. Louis, MO, USA 11-28-05
    Susan St. Louis, MO, USA 11-28-05
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    "Insanely Funny"

    This is one of those books I'd always heard the title of bandied about and never picked up. Now I feel like I am the last person in the world to be let into the secret society of Ignatious J. Reilly's fan club! This book is hilarious - more so for all the protaganist's horrific flaws, and for how the listener can shamefacedly see those flaws in her own life. This reading was very well done - I sat in front of my computer and laughed out loud. I want to listen to it all over again!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    10-12-05
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    "Why God made audio books."

    What a wonderful experience! A delightful book and so expertly read. Listening to this book reminded me of something we used to call "radio". I've listned to many books and in this one each character was expertly rendered and captured.
    And the story itself is captivating. It has humor galore and a bit of suspence as well. I fully agree with the opening narration that the loss of the author is a double tragegy: for his own death and for the world to lose any future books. I'd read more in a flash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 09-28-05
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 09-28-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Best Naration"

    This is by far the best Narrated book that I have yet to hear (and I list to a lot). The Author portrays all the many colorful characters brilliantly .

    The book itself is well written and funny, however I do find the 30 year old guy living with his mother a little pathetic.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 04-26-12
    Jean Reston, Virginia 04-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration HORRIBLE"

    Was there no one in the city of New Orleans qualified to provide narration for this wonderful book? As a native New Orleanian, I found not ONE of the characters to have an authentic accent of any social strata in the city. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I must have been out of my mind to get the audio version, knowing that the accents might have been botched so badly. And his mispronunciation of place names was just salt in the wound.

    Please people, get the hardcover version, and try your best to forget what you just heard. As Ignatius would say, " Oh my GAWD!"

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John New Orleans, LA, USA 12-11-05
    John New Orleans, LA, USA 12-11-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Dialect is all wrong"

    This is my favorite book. I usually enjoy Barrett Whitener's reading, but in "Dunces," he delivers a disappointing product. The book is so dependent on the dialects of New Orleans (my hometown), and Whitener mimics them badly. Somebody should have done some research: in N.O., Chartres Street is pronounced "CHAWT-uhs," not "shart." Next time, get a native New Orleanian to read it.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 09-26-05
    Gordon Kenmore, WA, USA 09-26-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Story, Great Narration"

    This is a superb book. Endlessly interesting characters, hilarious dialogue .... and the narration is easily one of the best performances I?ve ever encountered on audible.com.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lee California 02-14-13
    J. Lee California 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.

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    "What a character!"

    Ignatius J. Reilly is one of the most interesting, fantastic and deluded characters in book I have ever listen to. As for me I am not aware of the intricacies of the New Orleans dialect and had no problems with the narrator. I was engrossed in the tragic and hilarious life of our victim of the conspiracy of the "dunces", he was so ruthlessly surrounded with. Funny, is a poor description of this tale, as the characters are both heartbreaking and humorous. I was not ready for the book to end and it is unfortunate that the author left this world without sharing more of his wit. At least we got this bit of his mind. Savor it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 09-22-12
    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, poor reader..."

    I have read this great novel numerous times and thought a reading while I bike, run etc would be enjoyable. Unfortunately, this reader plays havoc with Ignatius - our industrious protagonist. He makes Ignatius sound like a community playhouse Southern General. Ruined the whole book for me... Do yourself a favor and read the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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