A Confederacy of Dunces
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A Confederacy of Dunces

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by John Kennedy Toole
     
 

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A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original character, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, andSee more details below

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A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original character, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun Times)

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Pulitzer Prize Winner

“A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book.”—The Washington Post

“An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy.”—Newsweek

“One of the funniest books ever written . . . it will make you laugh out loud till your belly aches and your eyes water.”—The New Republic

“The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a stormy night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic.”—The Baltimore Sun

“The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced.”—The Boston Globe

“An astonishingly original and assured comic spree.”—New York Magazine

“As hilarious as it indisputably is, A Confederacy of Dunces is a serious and important work.”— Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year." — Time

“A brilliant and evocative novel.” —San Francisco Chronicle

"I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book." —Christian Science Monitor

“Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created.” —Publishers Weekly

“A masterpiece of character comedy . . . brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Astonishing, extravagant, lunatic, satiric, and peculiar, but it is above all genuine, skillful, and unsentimentally comic.” —Booklist

Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midler’s favorite hero of fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)

Henry Kisor
What a roaring, rollicking, foot stomping wonder this book is.
Chicago Sun-Times
Time
"If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year."
Newsweek
"An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy."
San Francisco Chronicle
"A brilliant and evocative ovel."
New Republic
"A gem -- one of the funniest books ever written."
The Washington Post
"A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book."
The Boston Globe
"The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced."
The Baltimore Sun
"The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a story night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic."
Rolling Stone
"A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right."
Monitor Christian Science
"I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book."
Examiner Los Angeles Herald
"As hilarious as it indisputably is, A Confederacy of Dunces is a seriouis important work."
New York Times Book Review
"A masterwork of comedy.... The novel astonishes with its inventiveness, it lives in the play of its voices. A Confederacy of DUnces is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802130204
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Evergreen Book Series
Edition description:
1st Evergreen ed
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
22,997
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

A native of New Orleans, John Kennedy Toole (1937--1969) was educated at Tulane University and Columbia University, and taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College. Much of the first draft of Confederacy was written while he was in the army, stationed in Puerto Rico teaching English to new recruits.

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