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A Confederacy of Dunces

Toole, John Kennedy, Percy, Walker
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: March 30, 2000
ISBN: 9780141182865
352 pages

£8.99

A monument to sloth, rant and contempt, a behemoth of fat, flatulence and furious suspicion of anything modern – this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, noble crusader against a world of dunces.

The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged. Ignatius ignores them, heaving his vast bulk through the city’s fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprise in store for him: Ignatius must get a job.

Undaunted, he uses his new-found employment to further his mission – and now he has a pirate costume and a hot-dog cart to do it with… Never published during his lifetime, John Kennedy Toole’s hilarious satire, A Confederacy of Dunces is a Don Quixote for the modern age, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a foreword by Walker Percy.

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