Discussing John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces

  • 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

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  • Perle

    Drat - will be in Copenhagen so cannot attend

    November 11, 2013

    • Richard I.

      You're slowly ebbing away from us, Perle!

      November 12, 2013

    • Perle

      Indeed - hope to attend the December one and say bye to all

      November 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Hello, sorry I think I'm going to be quite late I've just realised that I've been walking in the wrong direction for about 15minutes :(

    November 12, 2013

  • Jonas

    Sorry for the late pull-out, I am recovering at home from shingles. Hope it's a good discussion.

    November 11, 2013

    • Elizabeth B.

      Get well soon!

      1 · November 12, 2013

    • Richard I.

      Yikes! Frightening illness. See you soon, and hope the recovery is not prolonged...

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Sorry I won't be able to attend on Tuesday - have so much on. Shame as it's one of my favourite books.

    November 8, 2013

    • Richard I.

      That is a shame, Mike, as, for me, this book definitely needs its champions! Hopefully someone else will convince me it's as good as many seem to think...

      November 10, 2013

    • Mick

      I would love to shill for this book, but have been unable to find my copy. Unless I do so today, I will have to miss this one.

      November 11, 2013

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