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Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Simply Fascinating

    A great book that helps you to understand the genius behind Confederacy of Dunces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    Theology and Geometry Are Perfectly Aligned in 'Ignatius Rising'

    You will need to read John Kennedy Toole's 'Confederacy of Dunces' to understand the headline, but this is a brilliant biography of a complex writer who, based only on a single, but long, major work, posthumously claimed a place very high on the list of the funniest writers in history. The authors of 'Ignatius Rising' have, through dogged research, uncovered amazingly satisfying answers to the multitude of questions about Toole and his book occurring to me over the years, and have presented them in a page-turning detective story way. Unless your sense of humor, in one instance, or your curiosity, in the other, are permanently in check, you will love both of these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    A Really Good Read!

    Kept my interest from beginning to end, truth is indeed stranger than fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2001

    this is a biography? wow, if it was fiction you wouldn't believe it!

    john kennedy toole is one of my favorite authors. he may well be my favorite author or all time. his book Confederacy of Dunces (buy that book!) is an amazing novel. Toole was a genius of a writer. This biography follows Toole from his birth to his suicide in Mississippi. It shows how Toole became depressed and psychotic over the fact that he couldn't get his book published by any major publisher. Toole had a masters degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors from Tulane. He had been in the Army for two years as an English teacher. THe book also highlights Toole's mother. It makes her out to be the real character. She was crazy, but loved her son so much she kept sending out the manuscript to publishers. Toole was her 'baby.' This book would be perfect but i feel it just bounces the surface of the life of JK Toole. The authors seem to be trying to link everything to Confederacy. If you are familiar with C.O.D. you will appreciate this book. i recommend it. i wish ihad been able to give it 3 1/2 stars, but oh well.

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