Author(s): John Kennedy Toole
Meet Ignatius J. Reilly: flatulent, eloquent and pretty much unemployable . . . The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged as well. Ignatius ignores them as he heaves his vast bulk through the city's fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprise in store for him. Ignatius must get a job. Undaunted, he uses his new-found employment to further his mission - and now he has a pirate costume and a hot-dog cart to do it with . . .
One of the funniest books ever written, Ignatius J. Reilly is the protagonist, a 30-year-old who lives with his mother in New Orleans and goes on rambling adventures. He is currently writing a novel and loves to chat to anyone he meets. A stunning achievement that is worthy of a first time read and then a reread every few years.
Elisa, Book Grocer
This is one of those classics that, similarly to Infinite Jest, people love to say they pretended to read but never actually did. Having read it I’d say it’s well worth going against the stereotype on this one. Vivid, rambling and dripping in clever metaphor, this picaresque novel set in 1960’s New Orleans will appeal to lovers of Joseph Heller, Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace.
Amarina, Book Grocer