- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: 01 (7. April 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0241951593
- ISBN-13: 978-0241951590
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 2,5 x 18,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 388 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 7.757 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.
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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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.
This Pulitzer price novel should bring more people to laugh and cite passages by dear Ignatius.
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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Hilarious book, sure, the slang is dated but it sets the time and place well, Ignatius is a scarily accurate portrayal of the layabout genius.Vor 12 Monaten von Mark Frawley veröffentlicht
I don't really recall how i got this title on my list of books to read someday. I finally arrived to it and decided to get it for the kindle, before going out on vacation. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. August 2014 von Glz
This is a very funny book, full of characters with such combined stupidity index that nothing is normal. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2014 von Josep Bonet
Dies ist eines meiner Lieblingsbücher. Im Orginal sprich in englisch noch lustiger als in deutsch. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2014 von j007kunz
The subject says it all really! Very eloquent and witty. For non-native speakers like me it is sometimes necessary to look up some words, but the ensuing laughter makes it... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2014 von Johannes Najjar
I bought the book because I learned about the tragic of its author. Also I found out in a research that the plot was and is to be transfered into a motion picture. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. April 2013 von Bernhard Martin
John Kennedy Toole zeigt das Dilemma eines Menschen der das Mittelalter liebt, doch aber an den Annehmlichkeiten der modernen Zeit hängt. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2010 von Anton Eggendorfer
Dieses Buch ist echte Geschmacksache. Bitte die ersten 2 Seiten lesen. Wer dies nicht zumindest amüsant findet, sollte die Finger davon lassen. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2009 von Big Budi
Laut lachen musste ich nie, dafür ist der Witz "Dicker, eingebildeter und fauler Mann mit prekärer Mutter schlägt sich mit Unverschämtheit durchs Leben" zu... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2009 von Zwillinge