“My favourite book of all time… it stays with you long after you have read it – for your whole life, in fact,” said Billy Connolly. 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 this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, noble crusader against a world of dunces.
This novel was incuded in BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’. It won Toole the Pulitzer Prize posthumously.
Penguin Books, 2000 (1980)