A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

  • Release Date: 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 628 Ratings)


A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. 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" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).


  • Super

    By WM McDonnell
    This remains one of the best books I have ever read.
  • Amusing

    By Lizzzzly bear
    Had to read over a few parts again because the imagery was a bit confusing. Started this as an audio book, but was even more confused by all the characters in the beginning. A fun read.
  • Not edifying

    By Gaucho loco
    Did not feel the book was edifying or thought provoking at all. Did not even finish it--better things to do with my time. I just wasted money.
  • A Confederacy Of Dunces

    By Micki Don
    Very entertaining. The characters a full of life and memorable. Great read.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    By Leftie1
    Most novelists place one or two "odd" or "eccentric" characters in their books to add comic relief. A Confederacy of Dunces is dedicated entirely to these characters. It made for a laugh out loud reading. Jones always made me smile!
  • Must read

    By Luis_Bellog
    As a avid reader, I recommend this book 100% to adult readers. One of the best books I have ever read.
  • One of the best books I have ever read.

    By Ridley182
    Genius. There is no other word for it.
  • Impressive

    By Ilovebirches
    The book followed through at the end and wrapped everything together nicely. Chapters 13 and 14 are the best.
  • Hot Dogs and Memories

    By Sean Scian
    Every time I see a hot dog stand or a kid with a plastic pirate sword I’m reminded of this book. Every time I read this book I feel like I’m back in New Orleans. But there’s something of Proust in Toole’s writing in its ability to not just remind and describe, but to truly conjure memories and transport the reader into the story.
  • Fantastic Book

    By Jace Nicklien
    One of my favorite books of all times. I have read it several times and hope to read it again.