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He speaks in a wonderful, bookish formality that really confounds and pisses off everybody around him: As Ignatius said, “This subject deserves the attention of a profound thinker who has a certain perspective on the world’s cultural development. I snorted out loud. En el camino Jack Kerouac. Permiso Para Vivir Alfredo Echenique. However, it is apparent that many of the Negroes wish to become active members of the American middle class. My best stab at a description of Ignatius is a brilliant bigoted buffoon in New Orleans the Big Easyand to give some quotes, though they are much funnier when read in context: Ignatius is a tiresome, boorish person to follow.

Aug 01, Lyn rated it really liked it. View all 55 comments.

La Conjura de Los Necios

View all 21 comments. I’ve come to realize that, for me, a mere “liked it” is usually the most apologetic rating. In a short lived relationship with some black workers from a pants factory he discovered that they were striving for the wrong things.

It was my buddy Colin who picked the book. Then you should dip rather extensively into early Medieval. Published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy who also contributed a foreword and Toole’s mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream success; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction inand is now considered a canonical work of modern literature of A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication ineleven years after Toole’s suicide.


Su calidad literaria es sencillamente brillante. The story of Ignatius and his crusade against the world, making the long term lives of those he touched better off once they survived his initial destruction, was one non-stop laugh for me.

Eventually, the others got tired, their attention drawn by the frozen pizza and beer. Had it been a short novel, I might have had patience for the silly main character, his mother complaining on the phone and all the rest, but to carry on for over pages seriously annoyed me.

Has there ever been a more annoying, obnoxious character in literature? The parrot on his shoulder reminded me of the Mexico episode in Bellow’s Augie March which I also loved and reviewed here. A Confederacy of Dunces. What is it that intrigues people about this book? It is funny, sometimes uproariously so, and I smiled and chuckled throughout. But he isn’t virtuous as we would normally use the word.

Miniver Cheevy, born too late, Scratched necips head and kept on thinking; Miniver coughed, and called it fate, And kept on drinking. Maybe guys like George Costanza have now gotten me kenney to whiny, self-centered anti-strivers as sources of humor. This book is one of the rare ones that made me laugh at every turn of a page. Other books in this series.

A hilarious romp with an indelible central character. I am definitely glad I read it. Everyone seems to love this piece of writing, and I was highly motivated when I saw the Jonathan Swift quote in the beginning, giving the novel its name: He seeks to impose his own medieval philosophies on a city that would have it be Kenjedy Gras all year long. It also forced the book to show rather than tell and really fleshed out all of the characters.

Kenndy is mostly dangerous propaganda. Ignatius is all the more attracted to this scheme, because he knows what effect it will have on Myrna: Sep 29, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: No one loves them, just the odd post-grad creep scribbling a note in the margins of something unreadable.


He must have been enjoying it immensely, because he kept laughing out loud every now and then.

Ignatius ends his journey with the most romantic thing he could say to reconcile with Myrna: I’m actually not sure if that was sarcasm, either. But every character was painted with such broad-strokes buffoonery it’s hard to just focus on that …more “Ooo-wee”and “whoa” got tiring really fast.

A Confederacy of Dunces

I got no Paradise Dogs. She dogged Walker Percy’s footsteps, literally pushing the manuscript into his hands, asking him to read her son’s novel. Had it not been for my superior brawn, she would have sacked my wagon. I thought the book was ok.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

You aren’t my type, sorry. Desayuno en Tiffany’s Truman Capote. Then, the other night, I was taking an evening stroll when I ran into him and his wife as they walked around, trying to jumpstart labor. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. It’s just that, after my e-reader became less of a reading device and more of an avenue for proving my Scrabble dominance over that dick AI even though I almost always wind up with more vowels than I think the game really includes, I simply grew accustomed to not using Ruggles the Kindle for his intended nose-in-a-book purpose no, I haven’t given all of my gadgets Pynchonian monikers; yes, I do see the irony in naming my e-reader after an author who was famously reluctant for his works to be digitalized.

They’re giving Ted Hughes a plaque in Westminster Abbey!