A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.
So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.
The hero of John Kennedy Toole’s incomparable, Pultizer Prize–winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, an obese, self-absorbed, hapless Don Quixote of the French Quarter, whose half-hearted attempts at employment lead to a series of wacky adventures among the lower denizens of New Orleans. This book has become an American comic masterpiece.
A classic and well "performed"
This is a classic in American literature. Like the actual book, the audiobook is a marathon to take in, and it would be a great companion on overseas flight, cross-country road trip or train ride (especially if you take the 'City of New Orleans' train line). The characters in this book are so wonderful, and if you have read it before, (like me) it might take you a little bit to warm up to the reader and get past how you have imagined the voices of the characters. But the reader really does a fantastic job "performing" the characters in this audiobook. Note to iTunes: this is NOT a children's book by any stretch of the imagination. Surely one of your editors there should be familiar with this Pulitzer Prize winning adult fiction.
This book is a wonderful classic!!
This book and performance are both so well done, I will enjoy this one many times. This book was written in such a style it will remain a timeless classic for years. Awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction posthumously, Toole created a cast of characters that will have you laughing out loud. A great find for anyone looking for humorous fiction.
I have read this book many times and it still makes me lol. Although Ignatius would really hate 2010 the spirit of JKT lives on