The Neon Bible

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John Kennedy Toole—who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces—wroteThe Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole’s heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole’s suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative ...
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Overview


John Kennedy Toole—who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces—wroteThe Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole’s heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole’s suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.

The first novel by the Pulizer Prize-winning author of A Confederacy Of Dunces. David is a young boy growing up in a small Southern town in the 1940s. From his porch, David can see the whole valley, including the neon Bible that lights up the sky, emblem of the God-fearing folk who snub his family because Poppa can't afford the church dues.

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“Heartfelt emotion, communicated in clean direct prose . . . a remarkable achievement.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A powerful novel that belongs on the shelf with the works of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Eudora Welty. It is a moving evocation of the small-town South in the mid-twentieth century, and it is an expertly crafted tale of an adolescent boy finding the courage to make the decisions to change his life.”—William McKeen, Orlando Sentinel

“John Kennedy Toole’s tender, nostalgic side is as brilliantly effective as his corrosive satire. If you liked To Kill A Mockingbird you will love The Neon Bible.”—Florence King

“Shockingly mature. . . . Even at sixteen, Toole knew that the way to write about complex emotions is to express them simply.”—Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802132079
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 428,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Great plot and character building. I loved the way the story moved without too much detail. Amazing accomplishement for a 15 year old writer. I would recommend this book and will read it again in the future. 5 Stars!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Good Read

    While not of the same caliber as A Confederacy of Dunces, this is still impressive considering Toole wrote it at the age of 16. While some character development is lacking, Toole is able to show his keen insight into human nature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    A Heartbreaking Masterpiece by Toole

    John Kennedy Toole's The Neon Bible is an absolutely wonderful novel. Very sad, and only recommended for those who don't mind a good cry. America lost one of its finest novelists when Toole died.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    a truly great book

    This is now one of my favorite books. I¿ve re-read it several times and I still find myself awestruck with Toole¿s level of brilliance. The novel has imperfections¿ until you remember that it was written by a FIFTEEN year old!!!!!!! This book is unbelievingly touching and compassionate. Although ¿the Neon Bible¿ is completely different from ¿A Confederacy of Dunces¿, it confirms the statement that so many critics and scholars have made, ¿John Kennedy Toole was a genius.¿ So go buy two boxes of Kleenex and a copy of the neon bible and enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 27, 2013

    Not a rude question

    R u ga....y

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    Posted April 1, 2013

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    Sup

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