Beach Reads: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’

By John Kennedy Toole
Publication Date: May 1, 1980

A masterpiece of character comedy published by his mother a decade after the author’s suicide at the age of 32. This is the only published work of this astounding author to survive his death. It is the tragi-comic tale of Ignatius J. Reilly, “a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into one, who should repel the reader with his thunderous contempt against everybody – Freud, homosexuals, heterosexuals, Protestants, Catholics and the assorted excesses of modern times,” but to whom we somehow find ourselves relating against all of our better politically correct judgment. This novel barely contains the burstingly funny Ignatius – brilliant, relentless, delicious and perhaps even classic.

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