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There was absolutely nothing about him that I found redeeming or appealing. I wouldn’t recommend this book to just anyone, but if you have a sense of humor and an appreciation for New Orleans culture, crazy characters, or super-dorks, you may love it.

Ignatius Jacques Reilly is something of a modern Don Quixote —eccentric, idealistic, and creative, sometimes to the point of delusion. View all 21 comments. I’m all outta Dr.

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First with the sinking feeling that it was not bad enough to dunced, then with a prickle of interest, then a growing excitement, and finally an incredulity: Such details are not likely to be noticed by people who are not familiar with New Orleans. So it is that Ignatius grudgingly begins a series of jobs that suck him ever-deeper into the seamy underbelly of s New Orleans. It starts at a fund-raising party in an apartment, then it goes into the streets of this home of the Mardi Gras, a Carnival-esque city of vice, and then finally to the strip joint, “Night of Joy”.

I know I’m out on my own on this one, but I detest this book. Mary’s Dominican College, Loyola’s sister college, finishing his novel there.

So Ignatius will find himself at work in the Levy Pant Factory in charge of filing, accompanied by Office Manager Gomez who doesn’t manage much of anything, and Miss Trixie, long past retirement age, who would much rather be retired. If Dorian’s brief appearance was duncess breath of fresh air, Jones’s presence was the life raft I clung to in a maelstrom of assholery.


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Crumb cartoon you would not be ocnfederacy off. Toole,I don’t know what demons haunted you, but when you exhaled this novel you mainlined literary exuberance. For most of the novel, she is seen only in the regular correspondence which the two sustain since her return to New York, dnces correspondence heavily weighted with sexual analysis on the part of Myrna and contempt for her apparent sacrilegious activity by Ignatius.

One time I saw this shitty band I don’t remember their name open for the White Stripes, and they kept saying, “You guys don’t get it. Of course, smaller circles within this circle are also possible.

I was his chief inquisitor. However, if they wish to join the bourgeoisie, it is really none of my business. For my money though, no one holds a candle to Ignatius J. I’m not prone to superstition, but that project has got bad mojo on it. What a colossal dknces of my life. View all 30 comments.

Sitting here with my Penguin Modern Classics edition in front of me, wisdom about the enduring appeal of the book comes easily. I hated Ignatius at work. I think I have a new favorite book. Behind all the blare and bluster he exhibits, Ignatius is a bundle of insecurities, having left New Orleans only once in a traumatic trip to Baton Rouge where he might have had a teaching position but for his willful refusal to grade his students’ papers.

This book is funny. As Ignatius said, “This subject deserves the attention of a profound thinker who has a certain perspective on the world’s cultural development. One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC. Irene Reilly is the mother of Ignatius. View all 18 comments. But Fortuna being the degenerate wanton tha One fine morning Fortuna spun my wheel of luck and put me on a flight to NYC.


She didn’t see the changes in Ignatius that she expected tople all that money spent.

A Confederacy of Dunces

This is more about the shiny new iPhone I acquired recently, the very device that signaled another blow to my pseudo-Luddite ways by thrusting me into the joyous world of being owned by a smartphone Like Proust’s madeleine, the wonderful references to NOLA summoned to my mind memories of a happier, pre-Katrina time in one of my favorite municipalities. This should, by all rights, be at least a four-star novel. My God, if I’d only persevered for another year or so, I’d have Authors who commit suicide find their Lovelybones-eye view from the afterlife brings them no comfort: He is content to be provided for by his mother and whatever Fate or Fortune brings.

Archived from the original on September 11, Towards the end of his life he became paranoid and delusional, believing that others were attempting to steal his book. Ignatius’ long-suffering but increasingly independent mother is the novel’s unsung heroine. Also, a good read now with Drumpf the tiny-handed Dunce in the White House. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life.

That’s not going to happen in New Orleans. Despite having been earlier rejected by publishers, the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. jihn

Ignatius Reilly has got to be one of the most off-putting main characters in modern literature, but this hygenically-challenged intellectual oaf has something in common with confedefacy soap-opera vixen: Certainly it was no mere accident; indeed it must have been a result of afflatus imparted by the goddess herself Dear Reader, Fortuna evidently was smiling upon my being when I endeavored to undertake the consumption of this philosophical masterpiece.

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