One of fiction’s most memorable characters
Ignatius J. Reilly is an unlikely protagonist – grotesquely overweight, overbearing and prone to prolonged bouts of flatulence. He is also one of the most memorable and fascinating characters a reader is likely to encounter in modern fiction. Unintentionally hilarious and deliberately belligerent, John Kennedy Toole’s creation wages a one-man crusade against the many annoyances of modern life and the dunces he encounters on a daily basis.
‘My favourite book of all time … it stays with you long after you have read it – for all your life, in fact’
- Billy Connolly
The slothful and malodourous Ignatius lives in New Orleans with his doting mother and spends his days avoiding gainful employment. Donned head to toe in an outfit as eccentric as the man himself, Ignatius cuts a madcap figure whose sanity is routinely questioned by those he encounters – no mean feat in this city of characters. His series of unsuitable jobs includes an eventful stint as a hot-dog vendor, which only reaffirms his belief that he’s far too busy to work for a living. Illustrator Hannah pays tribute to Ignatius’s semi-successful attempt at gainful employment – one of Paradise Vendors’ hot dogs is emblazoned on the striking endpapers.