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A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Essentials) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. April 2011

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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.com -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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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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John Kennedy Toole killed himself because nobody would publish this book. His efforts had gone unnoticed, thought he; he was a failure. History proves him wrong, as we have seen A Confederacy of Dunces go on to win the Pulitzer and has reached and entertained countless readers. The book itself is sheer genius, as was the man behind it.
There is not a moment where this book lags. Every sentence keeps popping fresh bubbles. The imagery is hilarious and the word choice and sentence structure is exquisite! Some parts of the book make you laugh outright at the sheer insanity of the writer's humor. The characters seem to come alive as you read.
Ignatius Reilly is a 300 lb. lovable goof who lives with his mother. Throughout the book, we see him combatting every thing and every person he encounters. He is a martyr to non-conformity and to his ego. Very set in his ways, he goes from job to job, angering people to the point of insanity! Yet, he simply doesn't care. His poor mother! All you think about during this book is what will Ignatius do next?
John Kennedy Toole was a also martyr, not only to his art but, like Ignatius Reilly, also to his own ego. He breathed life into his characters and it was too much for him to bear that nobody could see them alive and performing right before our very eyes, and so the tragedy occured which planted the seed for a generation of readers to harvest his great humor and style. While he is not alive to reap the benefits he so desired, the book is a gift to a multitude of readers. One can only hope that the John Kennedy Toole's of today are not overlooked.
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This book gets better every time I read it. Toole develops the characters wonderfully and the dialogue is tremendous. Ignatius is a man born in the wrong century and he gives a good funny critique of this one. Although Fortuna spins his wheel down through most of the book, at the end it takes an upward turn. This is the only book J K Toole wrote as an adult so savor this one fine read. There is an e mail discussion group on this book. Order this one now. You will find yourself reading and re-reading this classic.
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One day two of my band mates came along citing from this book with the effect that we all have been laughing tears between rehearsing. I read this book in a few days or better say nights as I couldn't stop reading and laughing. Wonderful characters, fantastically written, sarcastically analysing 60ies american society. English teachers: get your students to read it!
This Pulitzer price novel should bring more people to laugh and cite passages by dear Ignatius.
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Initially, one is tempted to regard the protagonist Ignatius as a vile, offensive slob, but as you continue, you come to admire him for his gall, his meanness, his bloated self-confidence and his overwhelming self-righteousness. The plaisir du texte is of course, enhanced by the wonderful interweaving web of plot and subplots, and by the colourful array of characters. This is one of those rare novels that becomes so addictive that you compulsively read on between the fits of hysterical laughter. Not one word is unnecessary, not once sentence is superfluous. It is in fact, absolutely brilliant and for someone like myself who has no intention of reading Rabelais or Cervantes, it is sufficient. I recommend it also as a very effective cure for depression.
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Tremendous characters. You follow the main character Ignatius Reilly through many hilarious madcap adventures. You will meet many more great characters along the way. Ignatius is a man born in the wrong century and he makes a good critique of this one. I have even created an e mail discussion list about the book. I recommend this book highly.
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This book is either loved or hated. Five stars or one, and not much in between. I understand where the haters are coming from . . . being one myself. What I don't understand is what makes this book so incredibly funny in the eyes of so many people. It is slow, bland, and evenly irritating throughout. I've never read a book where I wished so much that the main character would get hit by a truck. The endless streams of wordy nonsense from this bum's mouth is madening. I hate this book, and it IS NOT FUNNY in the least, EVER. Who are these five star people anyway?
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I read this book on a road trip to New Orleans. My husband must have thought I was crazy because I broke into gut busting laughter so many times. Ignatius J. Reilly is wonderful. When I saw his statue on Canal Street, from a distance, I knew immediately who it was. Ignatius and ALL of the characters in the book were wonderful.
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This is the one the professor uses to see if we still know how to read. If you were coerced to read it like I was than thank your teacher/librarian/parole officer and read it again... if only for the sodomising superpowers. It's funny.
It's also very well written. At first look my one inch thick paperback edition was a little intimidating, not to mention the prices at the college bookstore, but every adventure is a story in itself and I had a whole month to read the book and write a paper so who's counting.
This hero's coming of age would have been just another funny trip through the American social landscape if Toole hadn't come through time and time again revealing some shred of justice behind each of Ignatius' blunders. Ignatius' divine rampage is the rare satire that merits this society.
Despite a cast of colorful characters playing everything from God to slob, Toole's comedy does not leave the national conscience as clean as his hero's perverted bedsheets, hung to dry on his mother's clothesline one last time. It is a funny but poignant tale of yet another American innocent, impressed with the conscience of a nation, and forced to keep ahead of its current of opinion.
I like my teacher and I like the book. I'm no scholar on american literature but I've also read books I didn't like and on a scale of one-to-five, Larry Flynt being the lowest and Ken Kesey one of the best, I'll give this book 4 stars.
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