A Confederacy of Dunces Discussion

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Question number one for A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole:

Have you read it?


How would you sum it up in one word?

What if you got two words?

What did you love or hate about it?

Did you think it was funny? I know a lot of well-read people who say they didn’t even smile once if they even managed to finish it.

Did it make you want to see the bird act at the Night of Joy?

It is my favorite book. Nothing else even comes close. Let’s talk about it.


2 thoughts on “A Confederacy of Dunces Discussion

  1. Some of it. Maybe half.

    One word: stupid.

    Two words: VERY stupid.

    I hated the writing and the subject matter. I thought the protagonist was a bumbling, probably smelly idiot, and I was instantly annoyed with him.

    I loved the fact that I didn’t have to finish reading it. One of the greatest joys of adulthood is not having to do (too many) things that you really don’t want to. It was a joyous day when I realized that “hey, if I am not enjoying this book, and I don’t want to finish it, I don’t have to.” Very liberating.

    I don’t know if you would qualify me as well-read, but I certainly did not crack a smile. I know you love it, and I have the utmost respect for your opinion. And I mean no offense. But I absolutely did not get this book.

    I didn’t get as far as the bird act.

    I would love to offer you my favorite so that you could shred it accordingly, but I don’t have one, I’m afraid. Not just one. It changes based on my moods and the time in my life and what I had for breakfast (actually, I don’t eat breakfast; but it is hard for me to pick a favorite).

    I do like Catcher in the Rye. And I quite enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife. I am sure I’ve liked books that you would hate. Feel free to make fun of any of those.

    • Oh dear. Do you hear that? that’s the sound of you being more wrong than you’ve ever been in your life. It sounds like an enormous dirty butt, waving in the wind.

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