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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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Feb 08, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 1986

One of my favorite books but not everyone's cup of gumbo.

I've had friends who couldn't get past the first few chapters because they didn't like the main character of Ignatius. He's unlikeable in the same way that George Costanza/Larry David is unlikeable... but damn funny to watch.

Rather than being mean-spirited, this book captures the loveable eccentricities of New Orleans - a vibe that some feel was weakened after Katrina.

I read this one every few years and a recent re-reading reminded me how the farce is a bit wearying towards the end. But most of the book is unforgettably funny.

Go to Canal St. and get your picture taken with the statue of Ignatius and his lute string.


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