This is one of the greatest novels written in the United States of America in the second half of the 20th century. By now most people know the incredible story of how John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer posthumously because after his suicide, his mother persistently nagged deciders to publish this book, but that has nothing to do with its greatness. Ignatius J. Reilly is one of the greatest characters in literary history; an American original. His escapades unroll like a tumbling river and he's way funnier than his compatriot Holden Caulfield. This is a desert island novel. A book you always keep; a book you never forget; a book that makes you happy to be alive and makes you wish you could buy a scotch at the old Napoleon piano bar in the French Quarter for John Kennedy Toole. Brooklyn, New Orleans and craziness.
A popular Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the adventures of New Orleans's lower denizens of the French Quarter.