The Neon Bible
John Kennedy Toolewho won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of DunceswroteThe 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’s su...more
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 ...more
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While The Neon Bible was in fact written before A Confederacy of Dunces, it only came ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
'The Neon Bible' is a simple but often incredibly moving tale of the coming of age of a teenage boy in the deep south. This is literary territory well trodden by the likes of Mark Twain, Harper Lee and even JD Salinger, but like 'Catcher in the Rye' there is something haunting and timeless about thi ...more
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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 ...more