A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) (Paperback)
Don Quixote is, of course, at the top of the family tree of tragicomic literary figures. Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist in this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, sits atop the branch for contemporary fiction. Writers I admire and enjoy like T.C. Boyle and Sam Lipsyte have attempted to create antiheroes as compelling and complicated as Reilly, and they have failed. The glimpse into Reilly’s travails this book provides is what fiction is all about. It’s an escape to a life and a mind that only one person could have imagined, and thank goodness it was published.
-MikeDapper December Staff Picks
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review
A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
About the Author
John Kennedy Toole, a native of New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and received a master's degree in English from Columbia University. He taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College in New Orleans. His only other novel, The Neon Bible, is also published by Grove Press.
Pulitzer Prize Winner
A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.The New York Times Book Review
A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book.The Washington Post
An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy.Newsweek
One of the funniest books ever written . . . it will make you laugh out loud till your belly aches and your eyes water.The New Republic
The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a stormy night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic.The Baltimore Sun
The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced.The Boston Globe
An astonishingly original and assured comic spree.New York Magazine
As hilarious as it indisputably is, A Confederacy of Dunces is a serious and important work. Los Angeles Herald Examiner
"If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year." Time
A brilliant and evocative novel. San Francisco Chronicle
"I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book." Christian Science Monitor
Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created. Publishers Weekly
A masterpiece of character comedy . . . brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic. Kirkus Reviews
Astonishing, extravagant, lunatic, satiric, and peculiar, but it is above all genuine, skillful, and unsentimentally comic. Booklist
Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midlers favorite hero of fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)