John Kennedy Toole, a native of New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and received a master's degree in English from Columbia University. He taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College in New Orleans. His only other novel, The Neon Bible, is also published by Grove Press.
Oooo-eeee! Toole's outrageous rambling farce comes to life with the wonderful voices of Arte Johnson‘surely one of the greatest matches ever of the written to the spoken word. Toole's novel, written in the early 1960s and published posthumously in the early 1980s, is one of the great comic works of the century and still fresh 35 years later. Toole's finest achievement is protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly, a great intellectual and deadbeat glutton who roams the squalor and charm of New Orleans causing enormous chaos, selling a few hot dogs from his weenie wagon, and suffering a pyloric valve shutdown at the general looniness of the characters he meets in places like the Night of Joy nightclub. Johnson has created a unique voice for each of the many fantastic, overblown crazies woven into this wild story. It's unfortunate that the audio version is abridged. Still, the spirit of the original is here. Highly recommended for all listeners who love a great belly laugh at the human condition.‘Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
Pulitzer Prize Winner
"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness
. . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New
York Times Book Review "A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling,
roaring avalanche of a book."--The Washington Post "An
astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high
comedy."--Newsweek "One of the funniest books ever written . . . it
will make you laugh out loud till your belly aches and your eyes
water."--The New Republic "The episodes explode one after the other
like fireworks on a stormy night. No doubt about it, this book is
destined to become a classic."--The Baltimore Sun "The dialogue is
superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced."--The
Boston Globe "An astonishingly original and assured comic
spree."--New York Magazine "As hilarious as it indisputably is, A
Confederacy of Dunces is a serious and important work."-- Los
Angeles Herald Examiner If a book's price is measured against the
laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain
of the year. -- Time "A brilliant and evocative novel." --San
Francisco Chronicle I found myself laughing out loud again and
again as I read this ribald book. --Christian Science Monitor
"Crazy magnificent once-in-a-blue-moon first novel. . . . There is
a touch of genius about Toole and what he has created."
--Publishers Weekly "A masterpiece of character comedy . . .
brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic." --Kirkus
Reviews "Astonishing, extravagant, lunatic, satiric, and peculiar,
but it is above all genuine, skillful, and unsentimentally comic."
--Booklist Ignatius J. Reilly is Bette Midler's favorite hero of
fiction (Vanity Fair, August 2008)