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A Confederacy of Dunces - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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A Confederacy of Dunces - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Meet the fat, flatulent and eloquent Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole's light and pithy comic tale A Confederacy of Dunces, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians . . . don't make the mistake of bothering me.' Ignatius J. Reilly: fat, flatulent, eloquent and almost unemployable. By the standards of ordinary folk he is pretty much unhinged, too. But is he bothered by this? No. For this misanthropic crusader against an America fallen into vice and ignorance has a mission: to rescue a naked female philosopher in distress. And he has a pirate costume and hot-dog cart to do it with . . . 'I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. A masterwork of comedy' New York Times 'A fine funny novel. This is the kind of book one wants to keep quoting from' Anthony Burgess John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937. He received a master's degree in English from Columbia University and taught at Hunter College and at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He wrote A Confederacy of Dunces in the early sixties and tried unsuccessfully to get the novel published; depressed, at least in part by his failure to place the book, he committed suicide in 1969. It was only through the tenacity of his mother that her son's book was eventually published and went on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His long-suppressed novel The Neon Bible, written when he was only sixteen, has also been published.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241951590
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 25 mm


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I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. A masterwork of comedy * New York Times *
A fine funny novel. This is the kind of book one wants to keep quoting from -- Anthony Burgess
Every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right * Rolling Stone *

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“A modern day Don Quixote”

Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, an overeducated, undersexed bag of wind. Slothfully living with his alcoholic Mother at 30 in New Orleans, he believes his numerous failings are the work of a higher power. He heaves his vast... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
12th April 2016
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“What a book!!!!”

This book was handed to me in store and the customer said " Read it, this is the best book ever". All I can say now is THANK YOU! I need to read more books like this! The voices created are amazing, with... More

Paperback edition
18th February 2013
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“A picaresque classic”

The idea of the antihero in fiction was particularly prominent in American fiction during the '50's and '60's and John Kennedy Toole has created one of the most unlikeable examples of such a... More

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10th September 2014
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