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At the moment, I am in an inner circle. What followed was not at all grotesque or surreal humor, but instead the funniest literary novel I’ve ever read.

That was probably what was wrong with him. The first time I read it, I felt it was almost preposterously funny.

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Ignatius is of the mindset that he does not belong in the world and that his numerous failings are the work of some higher power. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in Women would have wanted to sleep with me He was working on his doctoral studies when called up for military service in and was stationed in Puerto Rico. Jul 30, Steve rated it it was ok. Quotes from A Confederacy of He’s motivated by the greater good, only he hasn’t factored people into the equation.

View all 5 comments. Retrieved November 29, The dark comedy and the constant ridicule of American consumerism make it equally thought-provoking and hilarious.

This is most likely Ingmar Bergman ‘s Winter Lightalso released in If you decide to spend an afternoon with Ignatius you will laugh even if you don’t want to, tooel as you turn the final pages you will wish that Toole had written just one more chapter or two.


That’s not going to happen in New Orleans. Jan 17, R. I was like that for a few years before I read the book, but more importantly I sniffed around ineffectually for the first pages and could easily have blamed the book for my lack of kehnedy.

Sep 29, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton tha One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC. Genius structure, brilliant dialogue, dark as hell, and funny over and over. I thought the book was ok. Around the Year i View all 19 comments. However, when I realised that Toole was a slim, neat, tidy English teacher, quite unlike the obese Ignatius, I started to imagine Toole reading extracts from the book in class.

The side characters are just as bad. Ignatius strikes up an alliance with an openly gay character in their political battle: I was pretty keen on Mr. In the beginning, I was afraid that it was going to be like a bowl of two kilos of green jelly that was just too rich or disgusting to finish. Truly, I’ve never read anything like it.

Whatever the cause for my wildly mistaken notion, I don’t remember what set me straight, nor do I recall why gaining such corrective insight propelled me on a frantic mission to both own and read this book as soon as humanly possible: It should be thrown with great force. Because the first thing I did after shelling out money on yet another Apple product, aside from blowing more than half of my monthly data allotment on downloading selections from my iTunes library before even leaving the Verizon store, was put the Kindle app on my as-of-yet unnamed phone.

Reilly’s meager welfare check. But what really clinches the book is Ignatius and his poor long-suffering, overbearing, manipulative, compulsively Catholic mother and his insane ex-girlfriend.

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Their letters are strokes of narrative brilliance, offering a richly suggested history between the two: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reilly, a buffoonish overweight man-child with poor This is the book that almost broke my book club.


I’m all outta Dr. The human body, when confined, produces certain odors which we tend to forget in this age of deodorants and other perversions.

There was no getting out of it; only one hope remained—that I could read a few pages and that they would be bad enough for me, in good conscience, to read no farther.

Jjohn want to get everything that Ignatius says tattooed onto your face. The first chapter mentions the sun setting over the Mississippi River at the foot of Canal Street. The book is famous for its rich depiction of New Orleans and the city’s dialects, including Yat. Ignatius Reilly Ignatius is a resident of ‘s New Orleans, the fat kid in school who turns out to be a genius, but has no social cohfederacy.

A Confederacy of Dunces

My only fear was that this one might not be bad enough, or might be just good enough, so that I would have to keep reading. One of the other aspects of this book I greatly enjoyed was the amount of dialogue. I’m afraid my lingering disillusion with this book prevents my ability to form any mor This so-called “farce” and “classic” was more frustrating to me than entertaining.

I had the time of my life with Beaumarchais yesterday, laughing out loud several times confedetacy his play, so maybe my sense of humour is just dated.

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