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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

    I cannot believe that I only finally stumbled upon this book a couple months ago. Perhaps the funniest book I have ever read. The story of the author is truly a tragedy.

    Any other Ignatius Reilly fans out there?
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    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    I think my favorite book is always changing, but this one is always on the short list. I'm really overdue for a reread.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    it's an old friend that i revisit from time to time...
    teach tolerance.

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    I hate the main character with a passion

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I hate the main character with a passion
    Yeah, I like the book but it's hard for me to give it a full endorsement, just because the main guy's so despicable. (I get that he's supposed to be.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    Yeah, I like the book but it's hard for me to give it a full endorsement, just because the main guy's so despicable. (I get that he's supposed to be.)
    That's where I fall in too. Quite the idiosyncratic and picturesque book, but I eventually tired of Ignatius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    That's where I fall in too. Quite the idiosyncratic and picturesque book, but I eventually tired of Ignatius.
    Live in Berkeley and you'll know enough of the real thing, way less charming

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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    Ignatius would have loved the internet. Can you imagine the trolling he would have gotten into?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    come on guys. he's a fictional character, for goodness sake.

    teach tolerance.

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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetstop View Post
    come on guys. he's a fictional character, for goodness sake.

    I agree, the Ignatius hate is a little odd to me. I found him endlessly entertaining and interesting. The back and forth with Myrna, eating dozens of hot dogs, trying to bring down Levy Pants, it's endless for me, really.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Quote Originally Posted by WMR View Post
    I agree, the Ignatius hate is a little odd to me. I found him endlessly entertaining and interesting. The back and forth with Myrna, eating dozens of hot dogs, trying to bring down Levy Pants, it's endless for me, really.
    Owen Meany wouldn't have enjoyed him at all!!

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    i will say owen meany wins in the battle for my heart...
    teach tolerance.

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    Re: A Confederacy of Dunces

    Quote Originally Posted by WMR View Post
    I agree, the Ignatius hate is a little odd to me.
    Me too. He's too powerless to hate.
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    Too ridiculous to hate for me.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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    Is there any doubt that Toole would have lived and kept on writing if his work had been properly appreciated before his downward slide into depression and paranoia? It makes me sad to think of all the literature we lost when he took his life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"



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