A Confederacy of Dunces
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A Confederacy of Dunces : 'Probably my favourite book of all time' Billy Connolly

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ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD

'This is probably my favourite book of all time' Billy Connolly

A pithy, laugh-out-loud story following John Kennedy Toole's larger-than-life Ignatius J. Reilly, floundering his way through 1960s New Orleans, beautifully resigned with cover art by Gary Taxali
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'This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians . . . don't make the mistake of bothering me.'


Ignatius J. Reilly: fat, flatulent, eloquent and almost unemployable. By the standards of ordinary folk he is pretty much unhinged, too. But is he bothered by this?

No. For this misanthropic crusader against an America fallen into vice and ignorance has a mission: to rescue a naked female philosopher in distress. And he has a pirate costume and hot-dog cart to do it with . . .
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'I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. A masterwork of comedy' New York Times

'A fine funny novel. This is the kind of book one wants to keep quoting from' Anthony Burgess
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 111 x 181 x 25mm | 226g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241951593
  • 9780241951590
  • 2,568

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I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. A masterwork of comedy New York Times
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I succumbed, stunned and seduced, page after page, vocal with delight. A masterwork of comedy * New York Times * A fine funny novel. This is the kind of book one wants to keep quoting from -- Anthony Burgess Every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right * Rolling Stone *
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About John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole was born in New Orleans in 1937. He received a master's degree in English from Columbia University and taught at Hunter College and at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He wrote A Confederacy of Dunces in the early sixties and tried unsuccessfully to get the novel published; depressed, at least in part by his failure to place the book, he committed suicide in 1969. It was only through the tenacity of his mother that her son's book was eventually published and found the audience it deserved.
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