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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Bivle see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The revivalist Bobbie Lee Taylor preaches: And the beginning trembles, and the plot is thin, and the observations somewhat Toole must have been a brooding teenager.

Aunt Mae, the book’s presiding spirit, joins the family after a very minor theatrical career, and she provides a vivid contrast to small-town pettiness.

By all reports, Toole felt the same. Meantime he was teaching at a New Orleans college, pursuing a Ph.

David buries them both and flees on the next train. Sep 10, Toby rated it it was ok Shelves: David’s father, Frank, plants some pine seeds on the mountain that reverse the destruction of the forests to build yet more identical white picket fence residences. That said, the hopelessness that the reader experiences through David could arguably be reflective of Toole’s own life.

Were there other works by John Kennedy Toole? As a novel it is fairly well done, and the story is an interesting one. Though I was already aware of Toole’s genius, because of Confederacy of Dunces, I went into it wondering just how great it could be.

I found the book very easy to read and each page neln to promise something new and appealing.

On the Road Jack Kerouac. He wrote this story when he was 16, and I thought the only reason it was published was because of his Mother’s struggle to get it published. But when I look back at those early short stories I wrote in my bedroom, I sometimes admire a turn of phrase, and I mostly cringe toolw my naivete.


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David tells the preacher to leave, but the man is undaunted, and begins to charge up the stairs to get David’s mother. That failure reflects poorly on the publishing industry as a whole because Toole is only one of many writers have been ignored by publishers until their death. You Am I – “Damage” https: In a New Orleans judge ruled for partition of the novel, which in effect would have put it up for public auction if the litigants could not reach some settlement. Want to Read saving….

The novel is a bildungsroman about a callow youth named David in rural Mississippi during the late s to early s. For the film adaptation, see The Neon Bible film. You have forced me to long for a book from you, that I will never be able to read. Lists with This Book.

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. Jun 21, Pat rated it really liked it. Yet, I suspect that people that go for Dan Brown and co. During these years she recalled the existence of an earlier novel and located among John’s effects a typescript entitled The Neon Bible.

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View all 6 comments. This is a novel that you can finish reading pretty quickly. Together they laughed at its tacky ostentation, but she did not know then that he had johj the title and inspiration for his first sustained creative effort. Retrieved from ” https: It begins and ends with David on a train.

Indeed, it almost reads more like a long short-story, where the plot is sometimes given short-shrift in favor of more interesting observational details. A fantastic novel, made all the more so taking into account the age of the writer. Though she rarely left home, since any movement required her to use a walker, one memorable evening a group of us escorted her to Baton Rouge for the premiere of a musical based on Confederacy.


For Thelma the weeks of agonizing over John’s whereabouts now stretched into years of unrelenting maternal sorrow over his suicide. There he encounters Jo Lynne, a girl visiting the valley while her grandfather is ill.

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At least this was the case, the tragedy that surrounds, one of the best and most enigmatic American writers of all time. For those of you who were fans of A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole’s other posthumously published work is a very different, but equally brilliant, work.

The story holds its own regardless of what we know of the author’s personal history. During the fall semester, colleagues noticed a growing paranoia, and in January John disappeared from the college and his home. The sign was in the shape of an open book with the words “Holy Bible” glowing in neon letters across it. He wrote it at sixteen years of age, fifteen years before he decided to end his life at His story naturally promotes speculation and nagging questions.

At this point suggestive of the s Depression, David’s father, Frank, loses his factory job. If you like “Ironweed”, this is your cup of joe. During two years in the army in Puerto Rico, he completed A Confederacy of Dunces, a boisterous, picaresque novel about his New Orleans, a uniquely diverse city more Mediterranean than American, more Latin than Southern. But Toole’s talent is undeniable, and this book makes me wonder what kind of novelist he could have become if he hadn’t taken his own life at the age of After eating, as he climbs the stairs he steps in blood.

Chapter Five – War.