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 entirely unique characters, denizens of recent Orleans' decrease depths, highly true-to-life discussion, and the zaniest sequence of low and high comedian adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
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Qrk 9/4/01 4:09 PM Page 27 TROUBLEMAKERS We could feel the pain, the loneliness. My unicorn with no time left to him. Ending. All was now a final ending; he had stayed with me, walked with me, and had grown to care for me, until that time when he would be released from his duty by that special God; but now freedom was to be denied him; an ending. The great transparent claimers all touched him, their ice fingers caressing his warm hide as we watched, helpless, Lizette’s face buried in Paul’s chest.
To be born again as one spirit, in some other human form, man or woman we did not know which. Nor would we remember. Nor did it matter. This time, love would not destroy us. This time out, we would have luck. The luck of silken mane and rainbow colors, platinum hoofs and spiral horn. qrk 9/4/01 4:09 PM Page 29 A LOT OF SAUCERS I don’t know about you, but I hate it when the coming attractions trailers at the Cineplex give away the whole plot of the flick they want me to pay megabucks to see next week.
We called to him . . using his secret name, one we had never spoken aloud. We could barely speak. Weight pulled at his throat, our throats. “Old friend . ” We took a step toward him but could not pass the barrier. Lizette clung to me, Paul held me tight as I trembled with terror and the cold of that inner circle still frosting my flesh. qrk 9/4/01 4:09 PM Page 26 HARLAN ELLISON The great transparent claimers stood silently, watching, waiting, as if content to allow us our moments of final decision.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole