A Confederacy of Dunces
In reading latest issue of Newsweek, learnt that Steven Soderbergh (of Traffic fame) is directing the movie version of book titled: A Confederacy Of Dunces. Movie is scheduled to arrive in theatres sometime in 2004. I am praying that this film adaptation goes well. This comedic classic with a huge following is on my top ten list of all time favorite reads — and I’ve read a lot of books. Story revolves around the adventures of oddball New Orleans denizen Ignatius J. Reilly and his misadventures working at a series of menial jobs. The book is really a sad story but it’s also funny as heck. What is really sad too is that the author, John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 (at the age of 32) because he couldn’t get the novel published. Thankfully, his mother picked up the torch and finally got it published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981.