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There's Satire, and Then There's OUCH! This Book
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.