When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. -Jonathan Swift I have recommended this book to just about everyone who is looking for a really great read. This is one cast of characters that you are unlikely to forget. Ignatius J. Reilly, hero and anti-hero of this classic by John Kennedy Toole, is an absurd and horrifyingly lovable character, who references Boethius and longs for the days of kings and queens. We follow him through many trials: forced into the world of work and attempting to insight a workers' revolt, being thrown to the indecencies of the French Quarter as a hot dog vendor in a pirate costume, and organizing a political movement that could change the world! Set in 1960s New Orleans and capturing the sound, smell, and flavor of the city and its inhabitants, this farce is sure to make you laugh out loud!
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has sold over three-quarters of a million copies and continues to earn critical acclaim. The story of one Ignatius J. Reilly, a "Don Quixote of the French Quarter", it is a masterpiece of human folly and tragedy.