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Book Title: The Neon Bible|
Date of issue: 1989
ISBN 13: 9780802111081
The author of the book: John Kennedy Toole
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.59 MB
Read full description of the books The Neon Bible:Yeah, I've placed this on the back-burnera several times before. Why? Since "Confederacy" takes up such a large portion of my heart, my soul, I absolutely knew in my bones that this, Toole's first effort into novel-writing (& the only other one-- he wrote solely TWO), would suck. Of course it would. And the beginning trembles, and the plot is thin, and the observations somewhat... pedestrian? But it is nonetheless exactly what John Kennedy Toole fans like myself would die for: testament of early brilliance.
And you find it. Oh, boy. The observations belong to a kid similar to the one in "400 Blows." You read about a childhood in less time than it takes to watch that whole movie "Boyhood"! And the one in "Neon Bible" is a sad one, and the ending is brutal. The nine final pages are explosive-- Toole was 16 when he composed this! What a goddamn genius...!
The book is imperfect, and in that you see so many glimpses of what it takes to turn into a future literary titan. In his poetics, that society dictates lives and plots-- J.K.T. felt trapped and wanted to escape. Escape what? Louisiana? No. I think it was his own mindset. His devastating anti-urge. This, his first novel, is the stuff of dreams. Its a short novel that does not disappoint (it is almost antithetical to his ensemble oeuvre of "Dunces"); it hints at a grief that begins in childhood and ends, perhaps, never. At least this was the case, the tragedy that surrounds, one of the best and most enigmatic American writers of all time.
Read information about the authorJohn Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces.
Toole's novels remained unpublished during his lifetime. Some years after his death by suicide, Toole's mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of the novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981 Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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