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 zone. His tale bursts with thoroughly unique characters, denizens of latest Orleans' decrease depths, really true-to-life discussion, and the zaniest sequence of low and high comedian adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
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Also: My wife had just died. I could not care what happened next. I was a zombie. Even now I will not name the malefactors with the trunk. It does not matter. I cannot, however, withhold from American history what one of the malefactors said after the trunk was set down in my office. " "People like you," said Clyde Carter, "find yourselves around millions of dollars all the time. " We were hearing music now. We were nearing the supply room, and it was coming from a phonograph in there. Edith Piaf was singing "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien.
You can't just eat food," he said. "You've got to talk about it, too. " I congratulated him on having learned Chinese, and he replied that he could never do such a thing now. "I know too much now," he said. "I was too ignorant then to know how hard it was to learn Chinese. I thought it was like imitating birds. " The Chinese were nice about it when he decided that he wanted to go home. txt done to him if he went home. America had no representatives in China then, and neither did any of its allies.
I gave birth to a broken, querulous little old man by doing this: by putting on my civilian clothes. There were white broadcloth underpants and calf-length, ribbed black socks from the Tally-ho Gentleman's Shop in Chevy Chase. There was a white Arrow shirt from Garfinckel's Department Store in Washington. There was the Brooks Brothers suit from New York City, and a regimental-stripe tie and black shoes from there, too. The laces on both shoes were broken and mended with square knots. Fender obviously had not taken a close look at them, or there would have been new laces in those shoes.