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After more than three decades, the peerless wit and indulgent absurdity of A Confederacy of Dunces continues to attract new readers. Though the manuscript was rejected by many publishers during Toole's lifetime, his mother successfully published the book years after her son's suicide, and it won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This literary underdog and comic masterpiece has sold more than two million copies in twenty-three languages.
The 35th anniversary edition of A Confederacy of Dunces celebrates Toole's novel as well as one of the most memorable protagonists in American literature, Ignatius J. Reilly, whom Walker Percy dubbed "slob extraordinaire, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one." Set in New Orleans with a wild cast of characters including Ignatius and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levi Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; and Jones, the jivecat in space-age dark glasses, the novel serves as an outlandish but believable tribute to a city defined by its parade of eccentric denizens.
The genius of A Confederacy of Dunces is reaffirmed as successive generations embrace this extravagant satire. Adulation for Toole's comic epic remains as intense today as thirty-five years ago.
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It's been hailed as a masterpiece and reviled as trash, but A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole has never been lightly dismissed. By creating Ignatius J. Reilly, a bigger-than-life bag of wind stuffed with some of the most comically outrageous and disturbingly insightful opinions ever put to paper, Toole made an indelible mark on the landscape of American literature--a feat recognized with the posthumous publication of this novel, followed by a Pulitzer Prize. Forced to wade the lower depths of New Orleans society, the gargantuan Ignatius, his poor mother in tow, takes us on a tour de force through the back alleys and juke joints of the French Quarter of New Orleans as he implores the gods, railing against the hypocrisy of contemporary politics and the crushing weight of late capitalism. "The luminous years ... dimmed into dross; Fortuna's wheel had turned ... Having once been so high, humanity fell so low. What had once been dedicated to the soul was now dedicated to the sale." Toole's suicide at 32 silenced a uniquely promising literary voice, denying his critics and fans the opportunity to determine whether his talent was a flash in the pan or a first spark of genius. Read A Confederacy of Dunces and you'll no doubt have formed your own inflexible opinion, which you'll defend tenaciously against all reason. --George Laney, Amazon.comReview:
"What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is. I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on."
"A masterwork... the novel astonishes with its inventiveness... it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue." -- New York Times Book Review
"Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel.... There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created." -- Publishers Weekly
"A masterwork... the novel astonishes with its inventiveness... it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue." New York Times Book Review"
"Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel.... There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created."-- Publishers Weekly"
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Book Description Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Seller Inventory # P04_0533_BD_07/14__
Book Description Allen Lane,, London, 1981. Hardback. Condition: Good. First U.k. Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket. 8vo. pp 338. Original publisher's cream cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Ownership signature on the front endpaper of Richard Boston (1938 - 2006) English journalist and author, pacifist, anarchist, toper, raconteur, marathon runner and practical joker. ISBN: 071391422x Some lightly penciled easily erasable marks on a few pages with slight foxing at fore-edges and slight tanning at spine, otherwise close very good in very good dust jacket, with slight fading at spine. First U.k. Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket. Seller Inventory # C59020
Book Description Allen Lane,, London:, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Pulitzer Prize winner. Foreword by Walker Percy. First British edition. The usual age toning along the spine, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. ; 338 pages. Seller Inventory # 88835
Book Description Grove Press, New York, 1981. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 071391422X-2-4