30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1–Favorite Book
This post is part of Jake Kern’s 30 Day Book Challenge.
After a lifetime of reading thousands of books, I have to say that naming just one as my favorite is a true challenge. Over the years so many of the books I’ve read have moved me, expanded my horizons or evolved my thinking. If I have to name just one all time favorite book, my choice would be John Kennedy Toole’s comic novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Not only is Confederacy a richly plotted novel, filled with characters who are both uniquely original and at the same time archetypes that many New Orleanians will readily recognize, it is also very much a vivid portrait of New Orleans in the mid-1960’s. That New Orleans where I was born and raised doesn’t really exist any more. (How much places change is I believe one of the biggest lessons one learns by moving away from one’s hometown.) While I have read and loved many books, it is Confederacy Of Dunces that I re-read and revisit every year, enjoying as it were a brief vacation in the city where I was born.