I picked it up after endless knobslobbering from peers, just to see what it's all about. Almost a hundred pages in and I've only barely cracked a smile at one or two of the comedic moments, but it's been like walking through sludge otherwise. I'm only reading for hope beyond hope that Autism-incarnate kills himself or something. Should I even bother?
That was one of the parts I actually smirked at, but honestly the humor in general just doesn't get me the right way. Like, I get I'm supposed to laugh about Mancuso wearing all these different outfits, but I can't even bear to draw any emotion to it at all.
It really is legitimately timeless, and although I only full-out knee slapping laughed once the humor was clever enough that I chuckled throughout and by the end I considered it one of my favorite books.
It does build up to a pretty great crescendo, though. Highly recommend you finish it, after all, it's pretty short anyways.
I'll probably give it another good 50 pages or so tomorrow just to see if it's just a state of mind thing or that it's legitimately just not my type of read. The one character I really want to know more about is the bar owner, crazy Nazi lady seems like she's making moves.
I'd say give it until the conclusion of Ignatius' job at the Levy Pants factory.
It gets pretty nicely absurd in that sort of Seinfeld way, where a chain of normal events eventually build up to something utterly ridiculous, but with enough context to make it actually funny and not just "lolrandum humor"
I think it strikes such a cord with /lit/ fags because for them it's like standing in a funhouse mirror and seeing a complete parody of themselves, who does all the things that I'm pretty sure every young or inexperienced /lit/ fag either does or fears he will become. A 30 something NEET living with his mother and banking on shit writing he thinks is great rather than an actual job.
I listened to an audiobook of it and I think it benefited a lot. The book is so dialogue and delivery heavy that it's practically designed to be a play or a movie.
Too bad the film adaptation is cursed and anyone who is cast as Ignatius by Hollywood dies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Confederacy_of_Dunces#Film_adaptations
Oh, I'm aware of that and personally I think it's a great novel, I'm just interested as to why it's been discussed more lately. It had an immense rise in the ranks according to the recent poll as well, so that may have something to do with it.
This was the only part in the novel I remember laughing at. I generally don't laugh at books though, even funny ones. Martin Amis's The Information is the only one I can think of that got multiple laughs out of me.
kind of the nature of this board
for a while Mishima fags were everywhere
then a Burroughs craze
then The Peregrine
a bunch of different people all decided to read Anna Karenina at the same time
then The Red and The Black
now this is making the rounds again
it's not quite a hive mind but there's definitely influences going on
I read it all since I wanted to finish the book, but I didn't like it that much until I read ~180 pages in my edition.
Mrs Trixie seriously cracked me up. When Mrs Levy takes her home, gives her new teeth and put the tape while she sleeps that goes
>I am a very beautiful woman
and then she repeats it for the rest of the novel out of the blue.