'This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians ...don't make the mistake of bothering me'. Ignatius J. Reilly: fat, flatulent, eloquent and almost unemployable. By the standards of ordinary folk he is ...
'This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs, and lesbians ...don't make the mistake of bothering me'. Ignatius J. Reilly: fat, flatulent, eloquent and almost unemployable. By the standards of ordinary folk he is pretty much unhinged, too. But is he bothered by this? No. For this misanthropic crusader against an America fallen into vice and ignorance has a mission: to rescue a naked female philosopher in distress. And he has a pirate costume and hot-dog cart to do it with...
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This is a confounding book, and though I appreciate its genius, it is not my cup of tea. Yes, it is funny, but the characters that populate it are so distasteful it is difficult to go along with the joke. If the reader can perservere, the ending is mostly worth it.
Jul 3, 2010
Hilarious book by funny writer. Too bad he is not around to write more books!
Apr 1, 2010
Ignatius is a bit of an irritant. The book has it's moments when it is funny, but the editors notes pay it more justice than I feel it deserves. It does keep you reading and not losing interest waiting for his next caper. I think in many cases the author was writing about himself.
Feb 4, 2010
A Leg slapper
This book is already aclaimed as a comedic mastepiece.
Sep 12, 2007
On the Edge!
This book is great! If there is a reader who has yet to read John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunce's, you've got to read it. Ignatius J. Reilly is an unforgettable character. If there is an actual point to the story, I'm not sure what it is, but that's what makes it fantastic. It's humor is brilliant. As a reader, you become so engrossed in the hilarious ongoing calamities of the characters, you forget about any worries of your own. What a treasure.
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