Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Example of a multi-read book

After yesterday's post, I started thinking about some of the books that I've read more than once. Obviously, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion fall into that category, as do the Harry Potter books. However, I want to mention a book today that has some very funny moments along with a most repugnant character. This is someone I wouldn't want to know, but he's very memorable, as are the supporting cast. I'm writing of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. You can read the Wiki about it, but I highly recommend this book. Ignatius can get into the strangest situations, but they are things that could really happen, especially to someone like him. Be forewarned, this isn't chick lit at all. Surprisingly, there are no vampires or murders either. Instead, you will find New Orleans of the early 1960's with its rich cast of characters while the city provides a grand backdrop.

You know, I may actually get back to knitting tonight.

1 comment:

Janice in GA said...

You know, I read that book ages ago, and all I remember is that I found it so repellent that I was never tempted to pick it up again. I know many folks I respect like it, but it doesn't work for me.

The book I've re-read most often is Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. I've lost count of how many times I've read it. I read it for heart's-ease, or to remember that the world holds wonder.

I guess that makes me a fluffy bunny, eh? Oh well.