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La Bible de néon

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John Kennedy Toole, who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces, wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole
Mass Market Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 13th 1995 by Editions 10/18 (first published 1989)
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Da pena pensar dónde podría haber llegado John Kennedy Toole de no haberse suicidado a tan temprana edad. Sin lugar a dudas era un genio. 'La Biblia de neón' fue la primera novela que escribió, siendo apenas un adolescente, y sólo puedo decir que es una obra con fuerza, con imágenes indelebles que permanecen a fuego en la memoria tras varias horas después de su lectura.

Toole nos cuenta la historia de David y de su familia en un pueblo sureño de Estados Unidos, cuya población, o la mayor parte de
Dec 04, 2012 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
I really wanted to like this, I really don't want to criticise the writing of the teenage John Kennedy Toole, but the fact is that this is a book that was only published because of greed. It could have used an editor but mostly it could have used not being written by a 16 year old. He was clearly a very talented young man, his writing is beyond anything I can imagine a 16 year old writing today lololololjkjkjkjkjk but still this reads as though written by a naive boy.

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Se ve que John Kennedy Toole escribió 'La Biblia de neón' cuando tenía 16 años y que luego la rechazó porque el estilo le parecía demasiado juvenil. Pero a mí me ha encantado, precisamente por esa mirada infantil e ingenua que tiene. Como todo está narrado precisamente desde el punto de vista de un niño que luego se convertirá en adolescente, que encima siempre ha recibido una educación muy rudimentaria y que siempre ha vivido aislado, el estilo simple, directo, repetitivo y algo limitado funcio ...more
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Jan 20, 2011 bobbygw bobbygw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Toole committed suicide at the age of 32, leaving behind two unpublished novels and an impressively determined mother who succeeded – after much badgering – in gaining the novelist Walker Percy’s interest and support in the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces. As we know, this was then published to instant and great acclaim and has been continuously in print ever since, and translated into numerous languages.

While The Neon Bible was in fact written before A Confederacy of Dunces, it only came
Noran Miss Pumkin
Oct 06, 2013 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults only
Recommended to Noran by: JEF
The first lines of this book were so vivid for be, I could see exactly what the author wrote. I just kept re-reading them.
It is such a powerful book, I often recommend highly to others. It was made into a film in the last decade, but got little play and lesser reviews. If you like "Ironweed", this is your cup of joe.
Edith Wasco
Apr 29, 2013 Edith Wasco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Edith by: Carmina Warden
La historia me llamó la atención desde la reseña de la parte de atrás y al comenzar a leerlo no me decepcionó. El pueblo que Toole describe se me antojo casi real. Más que el estilo de la prosa (bueno a secas), resalta el tema de la obra y la crítica social que hace al fanatismo religioso dominante en los pequeños pueblos estadounidenses antes y durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Me dejó pasmada el hecho de que fue escrita cuando Toole tenía apenas 16 años. La juventud del escritor y lo corto de ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I have placed this on the backburner many times before. Why? Since "Confederacy" takes up such a large portion of my heart, my soul, I absolutely knew in my bones that this, his first effort into novel-writing (and the only other one--he wrote only two), would suck. Of course it would. And the beginning trembles, and the plot is thin, and the observations somewhat... pedestrian? But it is nonetheless exactly what John Kennedy Toole fans like myself would die for: testament of early brillia ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Zahir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who were fans of A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole's other posthumously published work is a very different, but equally brilliant, work. Where Confederacy really shines through as a comic masterpiece with larger than life characters, The Neon Bible is a serious story told in some of the most emotional language I've ever seen come across a printed page. Where Confederacy is all about the farcical nature of human being, in The Neon Bible, Toole captures human emotion in an almost pur ...more
Ashley Bradley
Jun 14, 2010 Ashley Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most surprising books I have ever read. Though I was already aware of Toole's genius, because of Confederacy of Dunces, I went into it wondering just how great it could be. He wrote this story when he was 16, and I thought the only reason it was published was because of his Mother's struggle to get it published. They say you aren't fully appreciated until your gone. In the introduction of this book, a family friend of Toole's mother discusses how the two found the story shorty ...more
Dec 17, 2010 Ovidiu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very easy to read and each page seemed to promise something new and appealing. I intended to specify that it's easy to read because I was thinking of all the vampire novels people are reading because they want something easy, that flows and all that, and of this article about the issue:

This is a novel that you can finish reading pretty quickly. Yet, I suspect that people that go for Dan Brown and co. do it not for the unsophisticated phr
Dec 08, 2008 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canadian indie rock bands
Shelves: 2008
Clean. Concise. Haunting. This book stays with you. A fantastic novel, made all the more so taking into account the age of the writer. Written with more honesty and emotion than many writers twice his age are capable of. Even discounting Conspiracy of Dunces, this book alone makes Toole's eventual suicide all the more tragic. One of the biggest losses of potential in modern American literature.
Chad Bearden
Oct 31, 2009 Chad Bearden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"The Neon Bible" is a remarkable work in many respects, most notably because it is the early work of an author still in the embryonic stages of becoming a writer, and while it bears almost no tonal or stylistic resemblence to the work that would make Toole famous, it is still a quite solid read.

Whereas "A Confederacy of Dunces" seemed almost hyper-obnoxious with its lead character, Ignatius Reilly, as its figurehead, "The Neon Bible" is a marathon of calm observation. In the former, Toole channe
Pat McCay
Jun 21, 2011 Pat McCay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was honestly hard for me to read at times. I abandoned it the first time I tried to read it, about 6 years ago. It just oozes sadness and it can get to be a bit unbearable at times, but after I got into the heart of the book this second time I started reading it, I also found it to be really compelling and it really drew me into this world. The young boy telling the story uses perfectly believable language to describe his world in clear detail. I've found that books with a young narrator ca ...more
Gregory Baird
Dec 29, 2014 Gregory Baird rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of "A Confederacy of Dunces"
“Thinking people feel sorry for you is something I guess you should appreciate, but I didn’t and never have."

First of all, for anyone to have written a novel like this at age sixteen is nothing short of amazing. Granted, some of the description does not entirely ring true, but for a teenager to possess such acuity when it comes to people and society is remarkable. John Kennedy Toole was such a gifted observer of humanity’s foibles despite his young age that “The Neon Bible” contains truths and
The neon bible by john Kennedy toole

I would like to comment on the composition o f the book written in the opposite
Of the colour metaphors that are used in the scripts of movies & TV series
It mentioned the book …TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD...
I love the crispness of the characters the clarity of the grammar I could recall my fav parts of the book ( the neon bible) but, then that would be reciteting and not reviewing ..My other favotite was A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN pre 1920 a another story of
I happened on this book in the library recently. The author's story intrigued me, so I checked it out. Toole wrote only one published work and then took his own life at the young age of 31. "The Neon Bible" was published posthumously. Strikingly, it was written when he was only 16. That alone makes it a compelling read. How such a young boy could grasp such depth of feeling!

It's a short read and I was drawn along easily. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that there is much food for thoug
Dieciséis. Es la edad que tenía Toole al escribir esta novela, manejando ya una capacidad narrativa que muchos nos esforzamos por desarrollar a duras penas. Die ci séis y cómo no lamentarse de su silencio prematuro (dejándonos, además de la Biblia de Neón, la genial Conjura de los necios). Inocencia desgarradora y un temprano entendimiento de la confabulación contra lo diferente.
Michael Scott
Jan 26, 2009 Michael Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a strange read: on the one hand, a story that does not move until the very end, on the other, glimpses of fine writing and intense feeling. In the end, the glimpses were too few and far between, so I can't say I enjoyed (much) this book; the difference between the writing of the sixteen year-old John Kennedy Toole and the mature and wonderful A Confederacy of Dunces (a five-star) was just too big.
Cinabru Hoffmann
Jan 23, 2015 Cinabru Hoffmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Daca este adevarat ca J.K Toole a scris Biblia de neon la doar 16 ani, atunci ne aflam in fata unui autor de calibru. Si imi place sa cred ca nu este simpla inventie retrospectiva, pentru a vinde cartea. Tinand cont ca a lasat doar doua romane si ambele au aparut postum, am pierdut un scriitor extraordinar, un scriitor nascut si nu unul artificial, unul care presupun ca simtea literatura adevarata pe limba si cand se spala dimineata pe dinti. Daca se spala. Si este extraordinar ca mama sa a reus ...more
I did not mark this review as one that contains spoilers, but I do talk about some thematic stuff that plays into how this book ends. There are no plot spoilers, though.

Until the end of this book, I was really all right with it. The stream of consciousness narration was effective, and had an impressively conversational tone, and I was really impressed with the way the narrator's anecdotes strung themselves together to form the story as a whole. Even if the individual portions of the story hadn't
Feb 10, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book strikes me as a blend of To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Valley P.T.A.

John Kennedy Toole's nearly-forgotten first book, written at age 16 for a literature contest, is not Southern Gothic; there's no magic here, only grim reality.

David is born to a working-class family which includes his parents and his bleached-blonde Aunt Mae. Aunt Mae is an aged flapper who dresses how she pleases and flirts unabashedly... so naturally she's my favorite character. She's David's favorite playmate, a
Brandon Henke
Apr 12, 2015 Brandon Henke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Win Butler swears that Arcade Fire's album and title track of the same name are of no relation, but they are so close in subject matter and tone that I am skeptical of the claim.

The Neon Bible is an immensely sad book and, having also read The Confederacy of Dunces, leads me to believe that there are whispers of autobiographical confession in its pages. The understated emotion of a young boy trying to make sense of the absurdities and hypocrisy that surround him.

E. C. Koch
Dec 14, 2014 E. C. Koch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Holden Caulfield narrated a shorter version of A Portrait of the Artist, then you would get The Neon Bible. Over this book's 160 pages the narrator's voice matures as he, David, grows up. David unfolds the story of his life to the reader while the reader must figure out what he's doing on the train he describes in the novel's opening pages. So Bible is quite different from Confederacy. Where Confederacy is a satirical picaresque, Bible's tone is melancholy, distant, and incredibly sad. My int ...more
Octavio Villalpando
Dec 31, 2013 Octavio Villalpando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo mundo!
Recommended to Octavio by: Edith Wasco, Amanda Porter
¡Vaya novela tan impresionante! Es difícil pensar que el autor tenía tan solo 16 años cuando la escribió, porque la narración es la de un alma muy vieja, muy vieja y cansada... el mejor reflejo de la historia del autor (tengan la amabilidad de buscar datos de su vida para que lo entiendan). He de leer su otra novela, también de publicación póstuma... es una pena que no haya vivido mucho más, pero supongo que ya había vivido demasiado!
Nov 07, 2009 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed this book and I was sucked into the story, although there wasn't much "action". I found the characters so lovable and engaging. The detail is amazing, Toole really allows the reader to experience the sight, smell and sound of each situation. I'm glad he had time in his short life to write a second book, but wish there were more. What an amazing 16 year old!
Jan 06, 2016 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
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Maca Escalona
May 31, 2014 Maca Escalona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comparable to The Lord of Flies and The Catcher in the Rye.
Its about a boy growing up, understanding and being disappointed by society: family, religion, school, social classes, in a conservative town near New Orleans.
The first chapter made me cry. If you grew up in a small town you will love this book.
May 08, 2014 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forse è capitato anche ad alcuni di voi. A volte quando ripenso a un libro letto anni fa non so dire molto della trama, dei personaggi, dell’ambientazione; ricordo piuttosto solo delle suggestioni, ormai sepolte sotto strati di nuove storie accumulate nel tempo. E’ stato così con La bibbia al neon, di John Kennedy Toole, romanzo scritto nel 1954 e pubblicato nel 1989. Credo di aver letto questo libro un paio di volte tra i 13 e i 17 anni: ricordo soltanto che mi aveva affascinata e disorientata, ...more
S.W. Gordon
Sep 20, 2015 S.W. Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toole gets an extra star for writing this at age sixteen. It's a Southern gothic novel written in first person narration and slowly builds to a massive crescendo of death, disruption and loss. The boy looses everything he cherishes (his family, his girl, his job, his home) and is irrevocably expelled from the land of his father like a bullet to the back of the brain. Toole exposes and vilifies small town bigotry and intolerance similar to Harper Lee and SE Hinton. The neon Bible is a bitterly sa ...more
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John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces.

Toole's novels remained unpublished during his lifetime. Some years after his death by suicide, Toole's mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of the novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981 Toole was posthumously awarde
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“But I knew the way the people in the town thought about things. They always had some time left over from their life to bother about other people and what they did. They thought they had to get together to help other people out, like the time they got together about the woman who let a colored man borrow her car and told her the best place for her was up north with all the other nigger lovers, and the time they got the veterans with overseas wives out. If you were different from anybody in town, you had to get out. That's why everybody was so much alike. The way they talked, what they did, what they liked, what they hated. If somebody got to hate something and he was the right person, everybody had to hate it too, or people began to hate the ones who didn't hate it. They used to tell us in school to think for yourself, but you couldn't do that in the town. You had to think what your father thought all his life, and that was what everybody thought.” 12 likes
“I was getting tired about what the preacher called Christian. Anything he did was Christian, and the people in his church believed it, too. If he stole some book he didn't like from the library, or made the radio station play only part of the day on Sunday, or took somebody off to the state poor home, he called it Christian. I never had much religious training, and I never went to Sunday school because we didn't belong to the church when I was old enough to go, but I thought I knew what believing in Christ meant, and it wasn't half the things the preacher did.” 11 likes
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