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A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingfraculawing of Calgary, Alberta Canada on 9/21/2010
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingfraculawing from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") But Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.

Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next. His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. Ignatius's path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss Trixie, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, comically thwarted; gay blade Dorian Greene; sinister Miss Lee, proprietor of the Night of Joy nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the girl Ignatius loves to hate. The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you'll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. But it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life--who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life. 

Journal Entry 2 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, April 30, 2012

8 out of 10

Released 5 yrs ago (4/30/2012 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada


Very strange book, but weirdly, I liked it!
Sending off to the winer of "You've Got Mail" sweepstakes.


Journal Entry 3 by winglauraloo29wing at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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I love wishlist books! Thank you! 

Journal Entry 4 by winglauraloo29wing at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (6/12/2014 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada


Sending as a RABCK to teapot. Enjoy! 

Journal Entry 5 by teapot at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 out of 10

Thank you very much for the RABCK lauraloo29! I got it out the library about 5 years ago and really liked it, so I wanted to read it again some time, it's nice to have my own copy now! 

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