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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces

beth60best, April 7, 2013

A joyful and sad experience reading this book: Joy in the author, John Kennedy Toole, and his use of wonderful descriptions of the characters (as an example:"Her brown wedgies squeaked with discount price defiance as she walked...along the broken brick sidewalk."), love for New Orleans and its characters, and joy and pride in his environment. Sad experience, in the knowledge that this book was not printed until after Toole's suicide, and went on to win a Pulitzer. This is a book of rare experiences, characters and writing. When Toole's mother submitted the badly-copied manuscript to Walker Percy, his first reaction was that nothing could be so good! We are lucky that Percy saw this magnificent work for what it is.
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