A Confederacy of Dunces (Paperback) ~ John Kennedy Toole (Author) Cover Art

A Confederacy of Dunces (Paperback)

By: John Kennedy Toole (Author)


List Price: $15.00
Current Price: $10.83
You Save: $4.17 (28%)
Download eBook
Also Available in: [Hardcover] | [Audio]

Also available from:

Provider Name Price From Rent
1   ECampus $4.99 Rent
2   Bigger Books $5.14 Rent

Provider Name Price From Condition Buy
1   Alibris $8.35 New Buy
2   Books-a-million $9.14 New Buy
3   Biblio $10.38 New Buy
4   Bigger Books $10.97 New Buy
5   ECampus $11.20 New Buy
6   Printsasia $13.91 New Buy
 
7   Biblio $1.00 Used Buy
8   Bigger Books $1.50 Used Buy
9   ECampus $1.54 Used Buy
10   Textbooks $3.75 Used Buy
11   Skyo $10.00 Used Buy

Ebook Download


Product Description



Run a Quick Search on "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole to Browse Related Products:

Browse more products related to "A Confederacy of Dunces"

Browse more products related to "John Kennedy Toole"


Product note

"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs."

Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") But Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.

Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next. His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. Ignatius's path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss Trixie, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, comically thwarted; gay blade Dorian Greene; sinister Miss Lee, proprietor of the Night of Joy nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the girl Ignatius loves to hate. The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you'll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. But it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life--who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life. --Alix Wilber

Short Desription

The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning classic hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue." 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).



Customer Reviews for "A Confederacy of Dunces (Paperback)" by John Kennedy Toole (Author)

Average Customer Review
5 out of 5 stars ( [1 customer review

Share your thoughts with other customers:
 [Submit your ReviewSubmit your Review

Most Recent Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 stars Americas Heartland, May 6, 2008
By The Nanny
Ignatius J. Reilly, over-educated, underwhelming, possessing a masters degree yet not enough gumption to even move out of his mothers house. The only thing more bloated than his stomach is his ego. But dont let the Ignatius bring you down or scare you away, peeled away from his layers of anger and haughtiness is a lightness, a confusion and a desperate sadness of a man out of his element everywhere he turns. Darkly comic and gently depressive (if there can be such a thing) this book will have you riveted if for nothing but the gritty stylized portrayal of New Orleans.




Explore More Great Tower Sales & Specials



Tower.com Sales, Promotions & Special Features

Tower.com Sales & Boutiques

  • Tower Essentials Sale
    Visit the Essentials Sale for a wide selection and huge savings on your favorite music, DVD, Blu-ray and Books.
  • Great Gift Ideas
    Tower has Great Gift Ideas and Huge Savings on Your Favorite Music, CDs, DVDs, Books and More at Prices that Make Giving A Breeze!

Interact with Tower.com