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Book Talk 28: A Confederacy of Dunces

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The novel: A Confederacy of Dunces-John Kennedy Toole
The song: The Flaming Lips-Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

This book is...without a fitting description. I mean, really, now. There is so much going on. So many subplots based upon subplots, sub-characters starting off sub-conflicts with other sub-characters. A variety of wit and charm and funniness and a careless, wonderful sort of all-over-the-placeness that's just such great fun to read.

Although the cast of bizarre characters with such fantastic personalities and lives and subplots is head spinning awesome, it's surprising how few of the characters are the sort that's likable. This is just taking the whole "everyone has flaws" thing to a whole new level, and it's a great level at that. It's hard to find sympathize with any character, as all of them have their twisted (hilarious!) appeal and far more depressing, frustrating faults...I've never had so much interest to totally hatable characters and their crazy situations.

I won't attempt to go into a nice little plot overview. You'll just have to read and savor it yourself. Brilliant.

I don't really have anything more to say about the Flaming Lips, though. The new album was a little disapointing. But that's allowed. This song is still a wonderful pop song, the sort that only the Lips can achieve. Not related to the equally awesome band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Yeah.



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