This is a spoiler-free review
‘When a true genius appears in the world,
you may know him by this sign, that the dunces
are all in a confederacy against him’
[Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting]
Edition: Penguin Classics
First Published: 1980
Genre: Modern Classic
A fat and unlikeable Don Quixote living in modern times, Ignatius J. Reilly firmly believes that he is fighting a righteous crusade against a society that seems to be falling apart. Everything around him clearly lacks geometry and theology. So far, he has been venting out his vehement invective on Big Chief tablets, while hiding inside the back room of his mother’s house. However, everything changes when he’s forced to step outside his ivory tower and join the streets of New Orleans in the undignified research of a job. He decides to record this social experiment of his under the title Journal of a Working Boy, or Up From Sloth. A unique and irreverent tragicomedy, A Confederacy of Dunces tells the real story behind his writings. Continue reading “A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole”
In my last post I was announcing my participation to the Genrethon organised by the YouTubers Brittany, Joce, Kristyn and Lauren. With a week of distance since its end, here I am to recap my reading week and tell you how it went.
As a TBR, I had given myself a choice between four books, each belonging to a different genre. These were:
The Martian, by Andy Weir
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
I’ve ended up flying though The Martian between Saturday and
Monday, then slowly getting my way through the many reflections in A Room of One’s Own and finally reading A Confederacy of Dunces form Friday up to the very end of the readathon. I literally had only a couple of hours before the clock struck midnight on Sunday.
Since the objective was to read at least three books belonging to separate genres, I’m happy to say that I’ve successfully completed the Genrethon! Yay!
So what did I think of it?
Continue reading “Genrethon Wrap-Up”
I have decided to participate to the Genrethon organised by Brittany, Joce, Kristyn and Lauren. It runs from yesterday 10th April until next Sunday 17th April. It comes at a really good time for me. My boyfriend is back home to see his family and I have a lot of solitary time to fill. Plus, the weather here in San Francisco has been quite gloomy and there is no Internet in the apartment. The result? A lot of time dedicated to reading. I’m finding it very therapeutic.
I also really like the concept of the readathon itself. It’s a quite relaxed one, with a minimum of three books to be read, which can include already started books. There are only two rules:
- the first one is the afore-mentioned minimum number of books;
- the second is that of the chosen books at least three need to belong to different genre categories.
There is also a giveaway for those who participate and, if anyone is interested, Brittany‘s video will tell how to enter it.
I’ve put four books in my TBR, not because I intend to read all four of them, that would just be too optimistic for my reading pace, but because I want to give myself some choice on the last book I’ll be reading. And, well, if I happen to read more, all the better. So on to my TBR list in the order I will be reading it: Continue reading “Genrethon TBR”