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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 10:05 AM
Has any one read the comic novel "A Confederacy Of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole? It is not only brilliantly funny but profound. It was written in 1962 but not published untill 1980, a decade after Toole committed suicide. It was his only book. One of the greatest satirical novels ever writen.
 
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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 10:14 AM
I've read it - consider it a classic! The recent economy has led me at times to consider buying and operating a hot dog cart. If it ever comes to that, I plan on putting up a sign: "Ignacious' Famous Hot Dogs". Maybe Toole's heirs won't sue me!

[Edited on 4/30/2009 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 10:14 AM
Never read that, but I am reading "Why We Suck" by Denis Leary which is ridiculously funny!

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 10:16 AM
Very funny book.

Been a while since I read it, but it is in a pile of
soon to read books.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 10:59 AM
Haven't thought about this one in awhile but yes, have read, and yes, it's a scream. Great cast of characters in this one. I think I may pull this one off the shelves and give it another read ... thanks for this memory.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 11:05 AM
I'll have to read it after Denis Leary's book.....

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 11:48 AM
My daughter turned me on to this book after she moved to New Orleans (its setting). I loved it. The title comes from this quote by Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him".

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 12:27 PM
Great book for sure. Anyone see the status of Ignacious in New Orleans? Can't remember where it is excatly but it was really cool

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 12:33 PM
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Great book for sure. Anyone see the status of Ignacious in New Orleans? Can't remember where it is excatly but it was really cool


Ignatius' statue is in front of the D.H. Holmes department store where the opening chapter takes place. I don't know if the store still exists.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 12:35 PM
One of the genuinelly oddest characters ever created in literature.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 12:48 PM
One of the funniest books I've ever read. "That mutha in the grreen coat"
 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 12:59 PM
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I've read it - consider it a classic! The recent economy has led me at times to consider buying and operating a hot dog cart. If it ever comes to that, I plan on putting up a sign: "Ignacious' Famous Hot Dogs". Maybe Toole's heirs won't sue me!

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Someone in the financial industry told me last night that hot dog carts are the fastest growing business right now...and there is an out of work guy with one at every little league baseball and lacrosse game this year - he sells dogs and stuff 6 days a week.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 01:03 PM
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One of the funniest books I've ever read. "That mutha in the grreen coat"


As much as I like Ignatius, Jones, the porter just floors me. An incredable portrayal of the uneducated wisdom that blacks possessed at that period of American history. Jones was the real hero of the book. Toole was a genius, it goes without saying.

[Edited on 4/30/2009 by lespaul58]

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 01:35 PM
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Toole was a genius, it goes without saying.
I think so, too. One can only imagine what else Toole might have produced had he lived (and also what drove him to take his life). I've also wondered how much of Ignatius was actually Toole (sounds like the relationship between these 2 and their mothers was very similar).

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 02:29 PM
I read this one summer living with my parents and can still remember my father constantly asking "what ARE you reading???" because I'd have to keep putting it down to laugh out loud. Still the only book I can remember that happening with. Classic. I've made both kids read it and they loved it too -
 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 03:05 PM
I read it while I was living in New Orleans, and it is a riot. All the places mentioned are real, and this classic is a funny look at some of the things that make New Orleans unique. I think I should read it again soon.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 04:03 PM
The two best parts are how he sells hot dogs but eats all of them himself and how he hides the mail from the company he becomes office manager for and gets the factory workers to revolt.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2009 at 05:03 PM
Those Cabela catalogs have been great this spring...........

 

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