Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole this is my first book in the Southern Reading Challenge. It follows the trials and tribulations of gnatius J. Reilly slob, lazy and arrogant as he attempts to find and keep a job. Going into this I knew that the book was famous for both its black humor as well as its portrayal of New Orleans. I did enjoy it although I was slightly disconcerted that so many of the characters seem to be nothing more than stereotypes. In particular the treatment of homosexuals grated on me after a while. The ending seems to come out of left field like Toole couldn't come up with a conclusion.