The Neon Bible [John Kennedy Toole] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Kennedy Toole—who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for . John Kennedy Toole, Author, W. Kenneth Holditch, Introduction by a writer who later far surpassed it, The Neon Bible is a compendium of authorial first steps. The The Neon Bible Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, by John Kennedy Toole.

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From the opening lines of The Neon Bible, David is fully alive, naive yet sharply observant, drawing us into his world through the sure artistry of John Kennedy Toole.

Even speech seems to evade him at critical moments throughout the story.

It’s one of few light moments in the story. His description of the revival tent scene is nothing short of perfection. I probably will a few more times.

The circumstances and coincidences that have led to The Neon Bible’s being in print at all partake of the very substance of Victorian romance: Whatever message John’s suicide note had contained, she convinced herself that it was the rejection of the novel that had tooel life unbearable for her darling.

What a goddamn genius!! Toole accomplished a superb combination of two completely opposite yet intertwined elements. Consequently, they refused to give up their shared rights to this novel. At times David reminds me of a Forrest Gump-like character because he is certainly an innocent.

Dec 14, Ovidiu Oprea rated it really liked it. It’s conventional and linear, until at the end you discover that it’s actually circular. Chapter One – First Impressions 3 4 Apr 26, His mother no longer had any willing students for her old-fashioned elocution lessons. He picks her up and puts her into bed. We know from Holditch’s introduction that Toole’s father became deaf and was incapacitated, unable to kennedy a living for some reason not fully articulated.


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In cramped, old-fashioned script she composed numerous letters and a memoir of John, which I typed. My impression of this novel was immediately that I could not believe that a teenager wrote it. Lovers of “A Confederacy of Dunces”. The bleeding quells with the help of an old blanket, but it is too late. Toole has crafted a solid bildungsroman with some fine literary grace notes.

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Watkins is a bitch! The town’s local preacher opposes this incursion and begins a rival Bible-study class.

And it actually makes me even more interested in reading his other novel, which I have been told many times is a very good one.

I don’t know if the name choice was significant to Toole. The novel is a bildungsroman about a callow youth named David in rural Mississippi during the late s to early s. They say you aren’t fully appreciated hible your gone. Jan 20, bobbygw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Through editorials in the newspaper and spots on the town radio station, each side attacks the other.

For Thelma the weeks of agonizing over John’s whereabouts tbe stretched into years of unrelenting maternal sorrow over his suicide. The memories begin with David on a train, escaping the past, hoping for freedom. Some might say this shows the writers age, but to me it has more to do with the fact that it is a first novel.

Where Confederacy really shines through as a comic masterpiece with larger than life characters, The Neon Bible is a serious story told in some of the most emotional language I’ve ever seen come across a printed tooe.


The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole

Sep 10, Toby rated it it was ok Shelves: Meanwhile, Aunt Mae takes a job in the local propeller factory as a supervisor. When Thelma suggested publishing The Neon Bible — “after Confederacy has had its share of glory” — lawyers reminded her that under Louisiana law that same Napoleonic Code in which Stanley Kowalski instructs Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desirehalf the rights belonged to her husband’s brother and his children.

It isn’t that people are not in touch with modern times, but they cling to beliefs and what they now refer to with the coded nomenclature of “values” that are out of time with the more urbanized areas of the United States. He parked in front of a monolithic concrete building and pointed to an enormous neon sign shaped like an open book, with the words “Holy Bible” on one page and “Midcity Baptist Church” on the other.

She made me realize that I was representing Jee-sus and that Jee-sus has no place on the dance floor.


And this David of Toole’s story is certainly fighting a Goliath at every turn. There was a problem adding your email address. The young boy telling the story uses perfectly believable language to describe his world in clear detail.

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