A Confederacy of Dunces

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The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged as well. Ignatius ignores them as he heaves his vast bulk through the city’s fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprise in store for him.

ISBN: 9780141182865 Author: Toole, John Kennedy Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 30th March 2000 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 338 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

One of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’

‘My favourite book of all time… it stays with you long after you have read it – for your whole life, in fact’ Billy Connolly

A monument to sloth, rant and contempt, a behemoth of fat, flatulence and furious suspicion of anything modern – this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, noble crusader against a world of dunces. The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged. Ignatius ignores them, heaving his vast bulk through the city’s fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprise in store for him: Ignatius must get a job. Undaunted, he uses his new-found employment to further his mission – and now he has a pirate costume and a hot-dog cart to do it with…

Never published during his lifetime, John Kennedy Toole’s hilarious satire, A Confederacy of Dunces is a Don Quixote for the modern age, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a foreword by Walker Percy.

‘A pungent work of slapstick, satire and intellectual incongruities … it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue’
The New York Times

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