Set in New Orleans within the Sixties, John Kennedy Toole’s comedian novel follows the fortunes of 30-year-old Ignatius J Reilly, a slovenly, flatulent scholar of medievalism who nonetheless lives along with his mom, Irene. Reilly is unemployed and spends most of his days holed up in his bed room, both considering (hardly ever writing) his literary opus or masturbating, utilizing the reminiscence of a long-dead pet collie to get him within the temper.
Toole, who killed himself in 1969 aged 31, wrote A Confederacy of Dunces whereas doing nationwide service in Puerto Rico within the early Sixties. The guide was turned down by successive editors together with Robert Gottlieb who, in a letter to the creator, wrote that it was “an excellent train in invention … [but] it isn’t actually about something”. After Toole’s demise his mom, Thelma, discovered the manuscript and resolved to get it revealed. It will definitely got here out in 1980, grew to become a bestseller, and received Toole a Pulitzer prize.
The comedian narrator Reginald D Hunter brings new life to a reprobate forged of characters: the cantankerous Claude Robichaux, who believes everybody to be a communist; the doltish police officer, Mancuso, who’s the butt of all jokes at his precinct; and the put-upon Irene, who seeks solace within the wine she retains hidden within the range. However none evaluate to the pompous, booming Ignatius, all the time expostulating a few world he believes has misplaced its values whereas overlooking his personal idleness. Requested by Mancuso about his lack of employment, he replies, haughtily: “When my mind begins to reel from my literary labours, I make an occasional cheese dip.”
A Confederacy of Dunces is obtainable through Penguin Audio, 12hr 58min
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