I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

A Confederacy of Dunces


I'd been wanting to read this book by John Kennedy Toole for years, but just never found the right time. That time is now though. I've just started, and can't help but feel moved by the story of the author, and how he committed suicide when he couldn't place the novel.

What a tragedy that we have been deprived of this young man's writing. Bravo to the determination of his mother, who succeeded in finding a publisher for the book after the death of her son!

Has there ever been a film or a documentary made about how this story saw the light of day? I think it would make an excellent piece. The writing is different and it takes a bit of effort to fall into the style, but you can't help but fall in love with the central characters. I like the description of the book as a "grand comic fugue".

4 comments:

gdtownshende said...

Confederacy of Dunces is a great book! I think you'll enjoy it. :)

Shameless said...

I'm halfway through now and haven't laughed out loud with a book for ages!

gdtownshende said...

Dunces had me laughing out loud, too! :D

Anonymous said...

Someone did write a book about the author; Ignatius rising if I remember correctly.