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Old 08-21-2006, 03:22 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by william
The second introductory quote comes from a novel that all readers should have.

This is how Dunces strikes you at first you might be bored, wondering whats going on, but then you give the novel a chance and begin to marvel as its excellence progresses, grows, until youre left flabbergasted, speechless, almost. This surely can not be this good!

Like Don Quixote, "A Confederacy of Dunces" is a novel that shouldn't be tackled unless you're in the mood for it. Is anyone reading these write-ups? To have to sit down are be forced by assignment to read it or to address it simply because one feels one must is to do it a disservice.
I second the motion. And in this "serious" discussion, it's important not to lose sight of the fact that Dunces is a funny book! Knee-slappingly, laugh-out-loud funny. As is Don Quixote: don't be put off by the fact that it is as thick as a telephone directory and was written 400 years ago in Spanish. The scatological humour in Don Quixote is the spiritual ancestor of modern day TV and film classics like Jackass or There's Something About Mary ...
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