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A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) (Paperback)

    By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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    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).

    Praise For…

    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 Midler’s favorite hero of fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780802130204
    ISBN-10: 0802130208
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: January 21st, 1994
    Pages: 416
    Language: English