Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces

I picked up this book after hearing it mentioned in a podcast. Which podcast I cannot recall. It was saying that many big name comedians have longed for years to make a film version of this book. Supposedly the screen version is cursed and the thing will never happen.

Sounds fine to me. This book won a Pulitzer for the author posthumously, so I figured there must be something good about it. The entire book is nonsense, and not in the funny way. There are no redeeming characters and the lead protagonist is a disgusting monster. The silliness loses its funniness quickly and you're left with a tedious tale of not so bright people making a mess out of lives already in shambles.

Skip this one, and read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series if you want truly funny silliness.

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