“This is a book I don't think I would have made it through in print, so I'm glad I listened to the audio. It's written in dialect which really bugs me and not a lot happens. On audio it worked for me because I found Ignatius hilarious. Oh My God - (said frequently) - so funny. (The narrator was brilliant!)
This semi-autobiographical novel is about a "lazy, obese, misanthropic, self-styled scholar who lives at home with his mother." If you took out the word obese, you may say that I recognize this type of person. I think that's part of what made this book particularly funny to me.
Sadly, the mental illness that ultimately killed the author is evident in this novel, so while he did an amazing job poking fun at himself, it didn't end well for Toole. The writing is good, and the character amazing, but you do wonder had the author lived if this book would have seen print.