Bibliophilia (2014) Griffith must keep a dog-eared paperback copy of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces at his desk. Ignatius Reilly, Confederacy's corpulent hot-dog-vendor hero, even… Fiction
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Bibliophilia (2014)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writer: Michael Griffith; Genre: Fiction

Griffith must keep a dog-eared paperback copy of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces at his desk. Ignatius Reilly, Confederacy's corpulent hot-dog-vendor hero, even has a nonspeaking walk-on in ''Zugzwang,'' a meaty tale about an oafish father not pleased to be playing a rook in his chess-prodigy son's giant-people-size match at a parish fair. Although the other stories are similarly offbeat pearls, the title novella -- ornately imagined, if a little long -- is the one that most emulates the Confederacy style: In a yarn about a ''sex cop'' at a Louisiana university library who patrols the stacks with an alarm bell, Griffith offers comedy as broad, and pathos as hefty, as Ignatius' fat belly.

Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints