A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Responding to fat, flattering and eloquent Ignatius JReilly, by John Kennedy Toole is light and tasty comic strip tale of Un la Con conjuration des Imbéciles, beautifully reworked as part of the Penguin’s Essentials range.This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, exploiters, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians.don’t make the mistake of worrying about me.? Ignatius JReilly: fat, flattering, eloquent and almost unfit for workBy the standards of ordinary people, he’s pretty unbalanced, too muchBut is he bothered by thisNoFor this misanthropist crossed against an America fallen into vice and ignorance has a mission: to save a woman naked philosopher in distress.And he’s got a pirate suit and hot dog-cart to do it with.I succumbed, surprised and seduced, page after page, vocal with delightA masterpiece of the comedy ” New York Times A fine funny novelThis is the kind of book we want to keep quoting’ Anthony BurgessJohn 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 the University of Southwest Louisiana.He wrote Un la Conjuration des Imbéciles in the early sixties and tried unsuccessfully to obtain the published novel; depressed, at least in part by his failure to write the book, he committed suicide in 1969.It is thanks to the tenacity of his mother that his son’s book was finally published and went on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.His long suppressed novel The Neon Bible, written when he was only sixteen years old, was also published
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