We follow our unlikely hero, Ignatius J. Reilly, as he angrily makes his way through the world. Although Reilly is one of the least likeable human beings ever memorialized in print, we cheer for him anyway. He lives with his mom, who he keeps convinced that he is not a jerk, just misunderstood. Reilly thinks he is better than everyone else in the world, and does not hide it. Toole takes us through the underbelly of New Orleans, introducing us to a colorful cast of characters. This book is funny because of the sheer audacity and ignorance of Reilly. Though he is one of the biggest idiots the readers of this book have ever witnessed, he rants and raves about his genius and acumen. I think everyone should read this book. It is funny, insightful, and a wonderful commentary on the way we view ourselves vs. the way we are viewed by others.
An obese New Orleans misanthrope who constantly rebukes society, Ignatius Reilly gets a job at his mother's urging but ends up leading a workers' revolt, in a twentieth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Reprint.