A Confederacy of Dunces
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A Confederacy of Dunces

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This wildly inventive comic masterpiece exploded on the literary scene like a time bomb in 1980. The rest is publishing history. Critics and readers adored "A Confederacy of Dunces, " and the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Now this wonderfully outrageous, hilariously funny novel is back in a new hardcover edition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 30.48mm | 455g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20th Anniversary ed.
  • 0802130208
  • 9780802130204
  • 65,446

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Pulitzer Prize Winner "A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review

"A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book."--The Washington Post

"An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy."--Newsweek

"One of the funniest books ever written . . . it will make you laugh out loud till your belly aches and your eyes water."--The New Republic

"The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a stormy night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic."--The Baltimore Sun

"The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced."--The Boston Globe

"An astonishingly original and assured comic spree."--New York Magazine

"As hilarious as it indisputably is, A Confederacy of Dunces is a serious and important work."-- Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"If a book's price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year." -- Time

"A brilliant and evocative novel." --San Francisco Chronicle

"I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I read this ribald book." --Christian Science Monitor

"Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created." --Publishers Weekly

"A masterpiece of character comedy . . . brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic." --Kirkus Reviews

"Astonishing, extravagant, lunatic, satiric, and peculiar, but it is above all genuine, skillful, and unsentimentally comic." --Booklist

Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midler's favorite hero of fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)
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187,238 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 40% (74,420)
4 29% (54,860)
3 17% (31,691)
2 8% (15,204)
1 6% (11,063)
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