Ignatius Reilly. He is a modern hero of fiction! Crafted by Toole, Reilly is a human you will learn to simultaneously despise and love. The story follows Reilly, a hapless man living with his mother in New Orleans and failing to understand the modern world. He is horrible at his job, horrible with people, and causes disasters wherever he goes. He is caught up in his books and writing and little else catches his fancy. Despite all this Toole manages to give him a heart and made me cheer Ignatius on.
I'm a little spotty on the details but I do remember laughing out loud (a rarity in books I think) and not being able to put it down.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, A Confederacy of Dunces is a book unlike any other that I have previously read. I have often heard it referred to as THAT book, a kind of complement coming from those in the know. Having read it, all I can say about it is that THAT book is stupendous on many different levels, from its forceful yet literary bluntness to its all-around observational astuteness, from character development all the way down to the colorful scenes in which New Orleans … more
This is by far one of my all time favorite books. I absolutely love the style and humor, and feel like I am present in an environment that seems so different to me in both time and location. I have read this book twice, and I am very sad that the author only wrote this one book, which was found by his mother after he committed suicide. I highly recommend this book!
Pretentious and made far too much of, this posthumously published work is based upon a main character that is utterly unsympathetic and a tale of such unlikely proportion that it became more chore than pleasure to read.
I absolutely loved this book. The character of Ignatius was so vivid. Like The Catcher in the Rye, I was sad when this book ended because I felt as though I'd lost a friend. Toole was a brilliant writer.
I am a recent graduate trying to navigate myself through the real world and at times finding it harder and easier than expected. Go figure. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degree in Art History … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.