A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleAlternate cover for this ISBN can be found here
A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.
Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Tooles tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. (Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.) But Ignatiuss quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.
Over the next several hundred pages, our hero stumbles from one adventure to the next. His stint as a hotdog vendor is less than successful, and he soon turns his employers at the Levy Pants Company on their heads. Ignatiuss path through the working world is populated by marvelous secondary characters: the stripper Darlene and her talented cockatoo; the septuagenarian secretary Miss Trixie, whose desperate attempts to retire are constantly, comically thwarted; gay blade Dorian Greene; sinister Miss Lee, proprietor of the Night of Joy nightclub; and Myrna Minkoff, the girl Ignatius loves to hate. The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything youll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. But it is Ignatius--selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life--who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Ignatius Reilly is what he left behind, a fitting memorial to a talented and tormented life.
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Quick List of Common Literary Terms Abstract Language—Language describing ideas and qualities rather than observable or specific things, people, or places. The observable or "physical" is usually described in concrete language. Allegory—A narrative or description having a second meaning beneath the surface one. A story, fictional or nonfictional, in which characters, things, and events represent qualities or concepts. The interaction of these characters, things, events is meant to reveal an. A Confederacy of dunces is much more than a comedy beneath the hilarious and unlikable characters lies a much more subtle message. One never quite knows where the sadness comes from.
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A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication in , eleven years after Toole's suicide. The book's title refers to an epigram from Jonathan Swift 's essay, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting : "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Reilly, is an educated but slothful year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of earlys New Orleans who, in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters. Toole wrote the novel in during his last few months in Puerto Rico. Ignatius Jacques Reilly is something of a modern Don Quixote —eccentric, idealistic, and creative, sometimes to the point of delusion. He disdains modernity, particularly pop culture. The disdain becomes his obsession: he goes to movies in order to mock their perversity and express his outrage with the contemporary world's lack of "theology and geometry".
Main character of A Confederacy of Dunces. Answers. ANSWER: IGNATIUS. Previous LevelCodyCross Antonyms Pack Puzzle 6 AnswersNext.
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All rights reserved. Reilly Irene Reilly Mrs. Reilly Gus Levy Mr. Ignatius J. Reilly is the giant, belching heart of A Confederacy of Dunces.
The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Ignatius J. Reilly is a flatulent frustrated scholar deeply learned in Medieval philosophy and American junk food, a brainy mammoth misfit imprisoned in a trashy world of Greyhound Buses and Doris Day movies. He is in violent revolt against the entire modern age. A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece that outswifts Swift, whose poem gives the book its title. Holmes department store.