Drew’s #20 — A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole


Do I believer what is before me??  This might be the funniest thing I’ve ever “read”–quotes here because I listened to the book; you should too should you decide to try this out.  The narrator for the audible edition hits the accents and timing of the narrative just right and really brings it to life.

The story focuses on a 30 year old post grad, reclusive slob living with his mother in New Orleans in the early 1970s named Ignatius Riley.  Hopelessly out of touch with societal norms, preferring instead to force the events around him into his unique world view.  When he is forced kicking and screaming to step outside his childhood home to find a job after his mother winds up in financial hardship, he winds up in a series  of woefully fated misadventures.   Bold but painfully hopeless, he thrusts himself onto the black civil rights movements (Ignatius’s Crusade for Moorish Dignity) and, later, the local gay community thinking them an ideal platform from which to launch a movement for peace.  A smattering of other’s are woven into Ignatius’s antics–Ignatius’s exasperated mother, a bumbling patrolman, a disillusioned clothing manufacturer and his harpy of a wife, and a small but curious cast of others.

Highly recommend it.  Huge laughs, wild story, and the whole mess is tied together brilliantly.  Enjoy!

3 Comments on Drew’s #20 — A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

  1. John–so I JUST fixed that. I read you comment before and thought “oh he must mean the 1970’s–silly John and his typo’s…” There have been times I’ve felt like a dumber, MORE blinded-by-my-narcissism dork, but I just can’t think of one right now…

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