By John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comedian masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, overweight, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French area. His tale bursts with fully unique characters, denizens of latest Orleans' decrease depths, awfully true-to-life discussion, and the zaniest sequence of low and high comedian adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
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God help him, he was a teenager who got a real kick out of growing vegetables. ’ Uncle James asked. ’ ‘Oh, my poor boy,’ Leah said, for perhaps the fifth time, from the other side of the table. There was a comforting smile on her race and a small, sympathetic groan in her voice. ‘Muuum,’ Alban said, glaring at her. Leah just smiled more widely. 39 Alban passed the bowl of peas towards the head of the table. Actually, it’s a cushion, Uncle,’ he told Uncle James. God, this was embarrassing. He was horribly aware he must have sounded like a little child calling Leah ‘Mum’ like that.
Andy just smiled. Alban’s dad was normal in comparison; thinner, with straightish black hair already going grey. He had a kind–looking face with crinkly bits round his eyes that usually made it look like he’d spent his life smiling, but which occasionally – if you caught him just sitting alone, staring into space the way he did sometimes, and he hadn’t noticed you – made him look very sad, until he realised you were there. ’ Leah said, still smiling across at Alban. Alban’s mum was slight and pale but with the sort of cheerful character people usually associated with somebody twice her size.
He laughed, waved his arms. ’ He laughed louder. It was 1997. They were in Singapore attending a toys and games trade fair, promoting Empire! (unashamedly, in an ex–imperial outpost, Alban had pointed out) and the other products of the Wopuld company to wholesalers. The day’s work was done, the trade fair over, their display was being packed away in the exhibition centre and they had a free evening plus a day off to follow so they were in a quiet corner of the main bar of Raffles, drinking Singapore Slings because Fielding had this thing about Geographically Appropriate Alcoholic Beverage Consumption – Manhattans in Manhattan, etc.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole