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am 3. Mai 2000
Take one very eccentric city--N'Awlins, the Big Easy. Take some very eccentric characters, everyone from a madame-slash-barkeeper to a beatnik down from New York to some very Confirmed Bachelors to the world's worst stripper. Surround them with the most eccentric of all--Ignatius Reilly, a man by his lights so pure he can't even hold a menial job at the public library because it would cause him to "slop glue all over their best-sellers." You have A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.
There are two levels of satire--the easy, Saturday Night Live type that pokes fun at easy figures like fatuous politicians and hypocritical ministers and then the scathing, down-deep kind that goes after everyone. This book goes after everyone, which is the source of its humor as well as its chief weakness. Jews, cops, lesbians, gay men,widows, bimbos, suburbanites, and so on and so on behave just like their worst stereotypes. If you think this is funny, read the book. If you think this is offensive, leave the book alone. If you stay for the book, you'll be treated to a rollicking, picaresque plot and encounter in Ignatius one of American literature's true originals. For what it is, A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES is first rate.
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am 1. August 2000
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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am 10. Dezember 1999
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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am 26. März 2003
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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am 8. Dezember 2002
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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am 11. Dezember 1999
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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am 19. Juli 2000
I have read this book three times now and let me tell you, everytime I read it I laugh harder than the time before! John Kennedy Toole has created a sarcastic, witty, misunderstood, often hilarious character that almost everyone can relate with on some level, with Ignatius J. Reilly. The hilarity starts in the very first chapter and doesn't stop. Had Mr. Toole not died tragically early in his career he may very well have been one of the most influential authors of our time. This book will have you laughing until you cry, then crying for more when your done!
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am 7. Juli 1999
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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am 15. Mai 1998
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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am 20. Juli 2009
Laut lachen musste ich nie, dafür ist der Witz "Dicker, eingebildeter und fauler Mann mit prekärer Mutter schlägt sich mit Unverschämtheit durchs Leben" zu vorhersagbar. Und die Story gibt sich zu sehr Mühe, Volten zu schlagen. Für mich zu bemüht und flach.
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