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A Confederacy of Dunces

by John Kennedy Toole

Review of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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       The writing style is very difficult to embrace, but once you do so, the book tends to take shape. After reading this book (recommending to me by a friend when I lived in New Orleans) I sought out his other book, Neon Bible, and read that as well. Though not critically acclaimed, I thought it was more touching than Confederacy. Either way, I enjoyed reading it and how very New Orleans it truly was. But I am not sure someone who has never lived there would really understand all the nuances.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole was reviewed by Sophie

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       A Confederacy of Dunces is truly a masterful book.  Toole's development of his protagonist, Ignatius Reilly, truly adds so much to this book.  He masterfully intertwines separate stories leading to an exciting conclusion.  Although, at times the stiry drags on more than one would like it to, in the end, it truly doesn't matter.
 
       This book is also the funniest book I have ever read.  Humor is abundant; and, at points, it is hard for one to stop laughing.  Toole truly captures the idea of a New Orleanian character and captures a wonderful, and accurate, image of the city in the 1960s throughout this book.

       A Confederacy of Dunces is truly my idea of an American Literary Classic,  and I would reccomend it to anyone.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole was reviewed by Ricky

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       This is unfortunately one of only two known novels written by John Kennedy Toole before he took his own life as the age of 31.  It was published posthumously after his mother pestered Walker Percy until he read it.  It subsequently was published with Percy's backing, won the Pulitzer Prize and is one of the best literary works concerning the Big Easy along with The Moviegoer, by Percy, and A Streetcar Named Desire.  I know several readers who find it dull and slow moving but I found it to be a hilarious and sarcastic look at the lower social classes of New Orleans.  The main character, Ignatius G. Reilly is arrogant, grotesque and absolutely rediculous in his disdain of popular culture and obsession with the Middle Ages.  Toole's vivid character descriptions and incredible talent at putting difficult accents and sounds into words on paper make this a highly recommended read.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole was reviewed by Jeremy

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