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The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole
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Apr 25, 2011

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John Kennedy Toole, wrote this when he was only fifteen - a great book for a fifteen year old kid. I felt obligated to read this after reading 'Confederacy of Dunces'. The John Toole story is a sad one. He stuck the manuscript for Confederacy in his desk when finished - then killed himself. Ten years later his mother found it, and turned it over to a publisher. It won the Pulitzer that very first year. The poor guy will never know what he had accomplished. Sad really. What if it was the answer to what ailed him? Maybe it would have made him happy enough to want to live. Who knows. I really feel bad for his Mom. She realized his potential a decade after his tragic suicide - making her relive the pain. But heres Neon Bible, showing the potential of a teenager to become a Pulitzer Novelist. If you read one - you have to read the other.

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