A Confederacy of Dunces: A Novel

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A spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning novel by a master of comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike. The place is the French Quarter, the characters, denizens of New Orleans's lower depths.

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, A Confederacy of Dunces was not published until a decade after the death of the author. This wildly inventive and amusing novel features one of the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction: Ignatius Reilly. He's a mammoth misfit Medievalist ...

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A Confederacy of Dunces

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Overview

A spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning novel by a master of comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike. The place is the French Quarter, the characters, denizens of New Orleans's lower depths.

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, A Confederacy of Dunces was not published until a decade after the death of the author. This wildly inventive and amusing novel features one of the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction: Ignatius Reilly. He's a mammoth misfit Medievalist hilariously at odds with the world of the twentieth century, and his adventures take him to 'way down, to New Orleans' lower depths.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
"If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year."
Henry Kisor
The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable 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, incredible true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures." -- Chicago Sun-Times
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."
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."
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."
Henry Kisor
What a roaring, rollicking, foot stomping wonder this book is.
Chicago Sun-Times
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Published a decade after the death of the author, this wildly inventive comic masterpiece features one of the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction: Ignatius Reilly, a mammoth misfit Medievalist hilariously at odds with the 20th-century world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807159613
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2014
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 235,126

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