Friday, July 3, 2009

a confederacy of dunces

I'm reading A Confederacy of Dunces for the second time and it's even better than the first time. Almost every day I snort-laugh while reading it on the bus and can't stop shaking the seat and the big besuited businessperson I'm squeezed into the seat with looks at me sideways. A few times I've been reading an amazing part and I realize my mouth has been hanging open for awhile. The story behind the book is crazy too, the guy who wrote it committed suicide in 1969 when he was 32 and his mother found the manuscript afterwards. She started calling Walker Percy and telling him about this book her dead son had written which he did not want to read obviously and the way he tells the story in the foreward is delightsome. Then he read it and couldn't put it down and published it and it won the Pulitzer Prize. Every character reminds you of someone you know. The main character (Ignatius J. Reilly) reminds me of about a dozen people I've known and it's kind of eerie. Has anyone else read it? What did you think?


Roberta said...

As important as Walker Percy was in the story of Confederacy of Dunces, it was my husband, Les Phillabaum, the Director of the LSU Press, who took the risk of publishing the book. For his efforts, he deserves recognition.

Erica Leigh said...

that sounds pretty good! i'll have to add it to my reading list (good, because i'm running out of things to read).

anyway, you've been tagged! share 10 facts + tag 10 others. ♥

stephy said...

Roberta, that's great!
Erica, okay!

Simone said...

This is the book about the gas that wants to be free, yes? If I can overcome that, I might read it since it's been on your "currently reading" list for about a year now.