A Confederacy of Dunces

Nowadays, especially during the winter months, I am spending more time dabbling in book selling than stock photography. It is great to have alternatives to switch between according to  mood and weather.

Burrowing around in charity shops is great fun. I suppose it is that element of serendipity each time you walk into the next shop. My eye is always drawn to Penguin Modern Classics in good condition. You can be fairly sure that you are buying something worthwhile.

And then the sheer delight of coming across something wonderful – a new personal discovery. I came across ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole yesterday afternoon in Marlborough, Wiltshire ( not that the location matters, except to comment that some towns, such as Marlborough generally offer rich pickings).

This is a wonderful, unique book. As the back cover blurb says this is…

..’a monument to sloth, rant and contempt, a behemoth of fat, flatulence and furious suspicion of anything modern – this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, noble crusader against a world of dunces.’

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