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Subject: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Date Posted: 3/29/2011 9:58 PM ET
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Maybe not so "hidden", as it won the Pulitzer Prize (posthumously) in the early 1980s.

This book is sheer GENIUS, easily the best book I have read in YEARS.  BRILLIANT.  The writing is just so sharp, character development is spot on.  Utterly hilarious.  Smart.  Timeless.  Absolutely a keeper for me.

Highly recommended, with the maximum amount of stars possible!  If you haven't read this, you absolutely MUST!!!

Date Posted: 3/30/2011 7:43 AM ET
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It was one of those books for me that, when I was reading it, I wasn't too sure what to make of it.  But when I finished, I absolutely loved it!  lol  Very touching and unbelievably outrageous.



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Date Posted: 3/31/2011 12:48 PM ET
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I have to admit - I didn't really "get" this book. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 1:49 AM ET
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I laughed out loud dozens of times while reading this.  Snickers, chuckles, giggles, loud guffaws, snorts.  My husband thought I was nuts, LOL.

The writing was just so... snappy.  I can just see so much of Ignatius' drama king and pompous tendencies in myself, LOL.  I absolutely loved all of the characters, as bizarre as they were, they just all fit so nicely in the world that Toole created.  Even though it was written in the 1960s, there are very few references to that era... so it feels timeless.  That it could have been in most any time period.

I can't think of one thing about this book that I didn't absolutely love.

Except for the fact that it ended!

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 7:20 AM ET
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couldn't even read 2 pages

different strokes.............

Date Posted: 4/6/2011 5:41 PM ET
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I loved this book, too, although it's been quite a while (like many years) since I read it when it first came out.

It was one of the first books I loved that had an un-likable main character.

A first edition, hardback with cover in good shape, sold several months ago for $7,000.......(obviously there were not that many printed in its first run)

Date Posted: 4/6/2011 9:57 PM ET
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I read this book 20 years ago and it still is one of my favorites of all time.  Over the years I have met lots of people who LOVED it and lots of people who HATED it, rarely have I found anything in between.

Date Posted: 4/7/2011 10:07 AM ET
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One of the funniest books I have ever read, because Ignatius is SO over the top. My younger brother and I always recommend books to one another, and the first time I tried to read this one, I just didn't get it. After I figured out why my brother liked it, I managed to finish it with all the snorting, laughing, guffawing, and other amusing sounds like Monica mentioned. It will take awhile before I re-read it, but it's still on the keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 4/15/2011 3:29 PM ET
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He was one of my mom's college professors,  and she was the one who recommended the book to me.   I loved it and found it so funny.    Sad that the author killed himself at such a young age, and that this book wasn't published until after his death.  frown

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:50 AM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like something I have missed and will get to it right away.