November 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Not, I think, ordinarily classed as a 'postmodern' novel, A Confederacy of Dunces is, nonetheless, considered to be an extraordinary piece of 20th-century writing from a man who died before it was published, and whose mother's persistent nagging of the literary world is the only reason it appeared in print at all. Wearing its literary references on its sleeve (notably Jonathan Swift), it is certainly worth us examining it for signs of its greatness and where, if at all, it fits into the great literary movements of the last hundred years.
Unable or unwilling, presumably, to give it a publisher's summary, my Penguin edition of the book from 1981 only quotes reviewers' versions of the story. Thus I will leave it to you to discover its plot in your own way.
You can purchase the book on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/10pr4Kd