A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The novel is a comedic satire set in New Orleans in the early 1960s, centered around Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy, eccentric, highly educated, and socially inept man who still lives with his mother. Ignatius spends his time writing a lengthy philosophical work while working various jobs and avoiding the responsibilities of adulthood. The story follows his misadventures and interactions with a colorful cast of characters in the city, including his long-suffering mother, a flamboyant nightclub owner, a beleaguered factory worker, and a frustrated hot dog vendor.

The 168th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1700

Since this book was first published in 1980, there is a penalty of 9.6%. The age adjusted score is 1536.8.

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