Via Zoom, Fireside Book Club welcomes you to join in our March discussion of
by John Kennedy Toole. **** Please contact library, by phone or by email, to be included in Zoom meeting.****
After more than three decades, the peerless wit
and indulgent absurdity of A Confederacy of Dunces continues to attract new readers. Disappointed at not being able to interest a publisher, John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 32. His mother later presented the book to Walker Percy, getting it published in 1980, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. This literary underdog and comic masterpiece has
sold more than two million copies in twenty-three languages.
The hero of this story, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is huge, obese, fractious, fastidious. A monument to sloth, rant and contempt, and suspicious of anything
modern. An extravagant satire, this story bursts with original characters from New Orleans lower depths. High and low comic adventures, roaring, rollicking, foot-stomping fun. "The kind of book one wants to keep quoting from."