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David, el protagonista de "La Biblia de neón", es un adolescente que vive en una población miserable del profundo Sur. Una Biblia de neón ilumina el cielo por las noches, y durante el día el fanatismo religioso y la malevolencia hacen estragos en la vida de los ciudadanos. El padre de David pierde su trabajo, no puede seguir pagando su contribución a la Iglesia, y esto mar ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Anagrama (first published 1989)
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Fabian
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I've placed this on the back-burnera several times before. Why? Since "Confederacy" takes up such a large portion of my heart, my soul, I absolutely knew in my bones that this, Toole's first effort into novel-writing (& the only other one-- he wrote solely 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 e ...more
Sinem A.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Alıklar Birliği" ni geçen sene okumuş sadeliğine ve anti kahramanının güzelliğine hayran kalmıştım.
yazarın bu kitaptan başka sadece bir kitabı daha olduğuna üzülmüştüm. Erken yaşta intihar etmesi, yaşayışı yazara daha çok ilgi göstermeme neden olmuştu. Sadece bir kitabını okuyabildiğim için üzgündüm.
Taa ki bir arkadaşım bana bu kitabı hediye edene kadar. Neon Bible in Türkçeye çevrilmiş olmasına sevinmiştim ama o kitabın hediye edilmiş olmasına çok ama çok daha fazla sevindim.

Kitabı dehşetle
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoyed "Stoner"
Bittersweet Sixteen

It would be a significant literary achievement to write a convincing novel from the perspective of a sixteen year old narrator. It would be an even greater achievement, as here, if the author too was sixteen years old.

This novel is relatively straightforward in the way it unravels the plot. It's conventional and linear, until at the end you discover that it's actually circular. However, like "Stoner", one thing it does well is create pathos, although in this case there is no
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Fuchsia  Groan
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporánea
Sin llegar al nivel de maestría alcanzado en La conjura de los necios, es tremendo que Toole fuese capaz de escribir esta novela con tan solo 16 años, que alguien de esa edad fuese capaz de diseccionar así ese pueblo sureño, a sus habitantes y su grado de fanatismo, con ese nivel de ironía certera. Maravilloso.
Tfitoby
Sep 10, 2012 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.

Neon Bible has been compared
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Oscar
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
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Núria
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
Sub_zero
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reto-2017
La Biblia de neón dista mucho de ser la obra maestra que es La conjura de los necios, pero sí que ofrece pistas del apabullante potencial que tenía John Kennedy Toole como narrador. El escritor norteamericano ofrece en esta novela, la primera que escribió siendo apenas un adolescente, un retrato brutal del fanatismo religioso como elemento de dominación a través de la mirada inocente e ingenua de un niño criado en el seno de una familia humilde y un tanto excéntrica. Sus observaciones y experien ...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
John Kennedy Toole was 16 years old when he wrote this novel. It’s one of only two novels he completed in his lifetime, the other being the better known A Confederacy of Dunces.

I remember a young girl in one of the writers groups I belong to, who asked once if we could take a young writer seriously. As I recall most of the people told the girl they would, if the writing was good. This is the novel I think I would recommend to anyone that can’t take a young writers seriously because of their age
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bobbygw
Jan 20, 2011 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
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Mar 14, 2008 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 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Evan Leach
This was a solid to good coming-of-age story written by John Kennedy Toole at the age of 16. Toole is better known for his Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces, his only other published work. Neon Bible is a piece of juvenilia that only saw the light of day due to the smashing success of Dunces, and was written by a raw and developing talent. There is room for Toole to grow as a writer across the board (plotting, characterization, prose, etc.). That said, this is an extremely imp ...more
Zahir
Jul 21, 2014 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
Apr 26, 2010 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
Pat
Jun 21, 2011 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
Ovidiu Oprea
Dec 14, 2010 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: http://www.salon.com/books/laura_mill....

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
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Brandon Henke
Apr 12, 2015 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.

4.0/5.0
Bobby
Jul 16, 2008 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.
Andrew
Long before A Confederacy of Dunces, a young John Kennedy Toole wrote an at-times quite lovely, chilly novel about sub-Mason-Dixon desperation in the O'Connor/Porter/McCullers mode. It doesn't go much of anywhere -- after all, Toole was a teenager when he wrote it -- but it's not awful. It reminds me, rather, of how I used to think and write as an adolescent, which is to say that I wanted to write frigid, minimalist stories about my own regional turf that acted as panegyrics against the hypocris ...more
Jerome Berglund
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They should teach this in school, it should especially be required reading for any child growing up in a small town!

Every bit on par with To Kill a Mockingbird or his other better known masterpiece Confederacy of Dunces as a Great American Novel.

A short and engaging read, yet a curiously absorbing page turner for what one might initially expect to be a rather sedate slice of life style glimpse into conservative rural hillbilly youth in a bygone era.

Also makes some significant comments upon clas
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Gregory Baird
Apr 18, 2008 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
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Chad Bearden
Oct 19, 2009 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
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Joni
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
La otra novela del creador de La conjura de los necios, John Kennedy Toole, un escritor que con apenas un legado de dos libros deja una marca particular. Escrita a los quince años se advierten elementos que varios años después usaría en su otra obra. Comienza con un joven viajando en tren que recuerda su vida en un pequeño pueblo conservador del sur estadounidense. Siendo hijo único y de familia muy pobre convive con sus padres y la inefable tía Mae, gran personaje que casi se vuelve central. Na ...more
ArturoBelano
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitapı yazdığında Toole 17 yaşındaydı ve 17 yaşında böyle bir eser veren birinin çok yaşamayacığını bilmek için kahin olmaya gerek yok. Alıklar Birliği ile hayran kalıp biraz araştırınca bulmuştum bu kitabı, yeni baskısı olmadığı için edinmek zor olabilir ama Alıklar Birliği'ni okuyan herkese ve Amerikan taşrasının o boğucu, nefes aldırmayan iklimininin genç bir bünyede açabileceği kesiğin büyüklüğünü görmek isteyenlere tavsiye olunur.
Jacqueline Perez
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Confederacy of Dunces" is a masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole, which masterpiece should have been published before his death. The fact that it wasn't published is a testament to the tone deafness of the publishers in his day. According to Kenneth Holditch's introduction to "The Neon Bible" ((1989 W. Kenneth Holditch, Marion Toole Hosli, Sharon H. Muniz, Althea Toole Farley, and Mary Toole McGuire) Published by Grove Weidenfeld, 1989.), Toole's second posthumously published work, Toole's hopes ...more
Silvia
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a number of books written from the perspective of teenagers and most of the were cringy. It took a lot of suspension of disbelief from my part to actually read the words as thought and delivered by teens. Teens have a certain interior world which we tend to forget pretty fast once we grow up. And I think this is why I liked this book so much. It was believe-able, it was raw, it was authentic. It was probably not easy at all to write, since, apart from being narrated from a 16-year-old's p ...more
Thorunn
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Ágætis saga, en ekkert meira en það. Auðvitað alveg ótrúlegt afrek hjá 16 ára gömlum dreng að skrifa hana en maður metur ekki gæðin út frá því (nema þessi strákur sé barnið manns).

Það hefði mátt stytta söguna mikið og karakterarnir eru frekar einfaldir. Hann gerir sér ekki vel grein fyrir aldri fólks og málið er einfalt. Það sem hann er að lýsa er annað hvort einfölduð staðalímynd af lífinu í smábæjum í biblíubeltinu í Bandaríkjunum - eða þá nákvæm lýsing á því eins og maður heldur að það hafi
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Sandra
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nunca pude con La conjura de los necios. Nunca me hizo gracia, más bien al contrario. El patetismo de Ignatius me provocaba una inquietud insoportable y lo abandoné.
Esa sensación tan desagradable también se desprende de La Biblia de neón pero su intensidad aumenta de forma gradual, por tanto, es tolerable.
Su protagonista, David, es un pusilánime, pero su melancolía es comprensible y sus descripciones muy tiernas.
John Kennedy Toole tenía un don, el de la escritura, y una habilidad, exprime estóma
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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.” 14 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.” 13 likes
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