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John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002174

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'.

A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide.

This is a rambling, aimless, comedic novel centred on Ignatius J. Reilly, a buffoonish overweight man-child with poor fashion sense, worse social skills, and deplorable hygiene.

Through 400 pages - which is relatively long for a book in which nothing happens - we follow Ignatius through various minor misadventures: Ignatius goes to a bar; Ignatius gets a job at Levy Pants and attempts to unionize the factory; Ignatius sells hotdogs; Ignatius - in what passes for a large set piece - attempts to use a gay soiree as a political rally.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Fiction - Modern Classics
  • Published : 1980 (This Edition 2000 - Penguin Modern Classics)
  • ISBN : 9780141182865
  • SKU : B002174
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'My favourite book of all time . . . it stays with you long after you have read it - for your whole life, in fact' - Billy Connolly.

'A pungent work of slapstick, satire and intellectual incongruities . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue' - The New York Times.

"One of the funniest books ever written, this book will leave you literally laughing out loud. That isn't easy to do. Its structure is inventive and the characters are rich and nuanced. This book really captures the spirit of New Orleans - an important American city that has lost some of the character Toole captured so well. It's tragic that Toole never got to see the success of his book, and that readers will never be able to read more of his work. At least we have this." - Google Reviews.