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New PDF release: A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

ISBN-10: 0802130208

ISBN-13: 9780802130204

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comedian masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, overweight, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French zone. His tale bursts with utterly unique personality, denizens of recent Orleans’ decrease depths, really true-to-life discussion, and the zaniest sequence of low and high comedian adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago sunlight Times) .

Published a decade after the loss of life of the writer, this wildly creative comedian masterpiece good points the most unforgettable characters in glossy fiction: Ignatius Reilly, a vast misfit Medievalist hilariously at odds with the 20th-century world.

Amazon.com review:

"A eco-friendly searching cap squeezed the pinnacle of the fleshy balloon of a head. the golf green earflaps, choked with huge ears and uncut hair and the advantageous bristles that grew within the ears themselves, caught out on both sides like flip indications indicating instructions right now. complete, pursed lips protruded underneath the fuzzy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds jam-packed with disapproval and potato chip crumbs."

Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic story, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at domestic together with his mom in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on monstrous leader writing pads he retains hidden below his mattress, and relays to an individual who will hear the aggravating adventure he as soon as had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser sure for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding alongside in that bus was once like hurtling into the abyss.") yet Ignatius's quiet lifetime of tyrannizing his mom and writing his never-ending comparative heritage screeches to a halt whilst he's virtually arrested by way of the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who errors him for a vagrant--and then taken with a vehicle twist of fate together with his tipsy mom at the back of the wheel. something ends up in one other, and prior to he is aware it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement looking for a job.

Over the subsequent a number of hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one event to the subsequent. His stint as a hotdog seller is below profitable, and he quickly turns his employers on the Levy Pants corporation on their heads. Ignatius's direction throughout the operating global is populated through amazing secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her proficient cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary pass over Trixie, whose determined makes an attempt to retire are continuously, comically thwarted; homosexual blade Dorian Greene; sinister pass over Lee, owner of the evening of pleasure nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the lady Ignatius likes to hate. the various subplots that weave via A Confederacy of Dunces are as advanced as something you'll locate in a Dickens novel, and simply as fantastically tied jointly after all. however it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comedian and bigger than life--who incorporates the tale. he's a modern day Quixote beset by means of giants of the fashionable age. His fragility cracks the shell of comedian bluster, revealing a deep streak of depression underneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole devoted suicide in 1969 and not observed the book of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left in the back of, a becoming memorial to a skilled and tormented lifestyles. --Alix Wilber

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Two planes have just landed with tourists returning from Spain. Lena confronts them. LENA: Aren't you ashamed of going to a fascist dictatorial state? MAN (beaming) : Am I ashamed of going there? LENA: Yes, aren't you ashamed? MAN: No, absolutely not. MAN IN FUR HAT: No, why should I be ashamed? LENA: Because Franco is there! Because of his regime! LADY: I think there are certain trends toward dictatorship in this country as well, when a bottle of whisky costs fifty kroner. That's a kind of dictatorship, too, you know.

When Borje disappears into Lena's archive, her father takes a small roll of bills out of his pocket. RUNE: Here's the money you were yakking about. LENA: where did you get it? Rune won't answer. Lena counts the bills. There should be 100 kroner. She throws them back at him. Only ninety-five. RUNE (looks at her) : Sometimes you're too much like your mother. During this, Borje wanders about in Lena's archive. Piles of books, walls covered with posters, boxes full of newspaper clippings and other junk.

Silent and peaceful. VILGOT (voice over) : Isn't it sad that-in spite of a SocialDemocratic government for thirty years-so little has been done? Lena surprises him! She sneaks in and puts her hands on his shoulders. He becomes irritated. VILGOT: No, not now! LENA: Are you angry? ) Oh yes, you are angry! Lena looks at a death notice taped to the editing table. LENA: 1974? That's six or seven years from now! So you've decided to live that long? VILGOT: Stop playing games, will you? LENA: You are in a bad snood!

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