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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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A Confederacy of Dunces

$9.99 USD

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Narrator Barrett Whitener
Length 13 hours 32 minutes
Language English
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A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.

So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pultizer Prize–winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, an obese, self-absorbed, hapless Don Quixote of the French Quarter, whose half-hearted attempts at employment lead to a series of wacky adventures among the lower denizens of New Orleans. This book has become an American comic masterpiece.

John Kennedy Toole (1937–1969), 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. After his death, his book A Confederacy of Dunceswas awarded the Pulizer Prize in Fiction in 1981.

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie Award and numerous Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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Reviews

“A masterwork of comedy…The novel astonishes with its inventiveness, it lives in the play of its voices.”

“If a book’s price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year.”

“An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy.”

A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right.”

“A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book.”

“His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures…What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is! I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on.”

“The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced.”

“A brilliant and evocative novel.”

“The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a story night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic.”

“Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note of Rabelaisian iconoclasm. He does justice not only to each memorably drawn character but also to the witty, elegant writing.”

“The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you’ll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. But it is Ignatius—selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life—who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor.”

“A comic masterpiece that memorably evokes the city of New Orleans…Toole’s prose is energetic.”

“A masterpiece of character comedy…The novel can hardly contain burstingly funny Ignatius—and the mix of high and low comedy is almost stroboscopic: brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic.”

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