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The Neon Bible
The Neon Bible
Author: John Kennedy Toole
John Kennedy Toole, who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces, wrote ...  more »
 for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole's suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication. 

The Neon Bible tells the story of David, a young boy growing up in a small Southern town in the 1940s. David's voice is perfectly calibrated, disarmingly funny, sad, shrewd, gathering force from page to page with an emotional directness that never lapses into sentimentality. Through it we share his awkward, painful, universally recognizable encounter with first love, we participate in boy evangelist Bobbie Lee Taylor's revival, we meet the pious, bigoted townspeople. From the opening lines of The Neon Bible,David is fully alive, naive yet sharply observant, drawing us into his world through the sure artistry of John Kennedy Toole.
ISBN-13: 9780802132079
ISBN-10: 0802132073
Publication Date: 1/12/1994
Pages: 162
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 2
Not the masterpiece that his other novel is, but an interesting early glimpse at the author. Especially for fans of "A Confederacy of Dunces"
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Helpful Score: 1
The first novel by the Pulitzer-prize winning author of THe Confederacy of Dunces, the amazingly funny and original novel set in New Orleans. From the back cover: "John Kennedy Toole's tender, nostalgic side is as brilliantly effective as his corrosive satire. If you liked To Kill a Mockingbird you will love The Neon Bible."--Florence King.
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Helpful Score: 1
I absolutely love this book; it is short, sweet, and heart-wrenching. I really enjoyed this more than Confederacy of Dunces and cannot believe this came from a 16-year-old.
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