South Manchester Book Group

We're a friendly and open reading group, and we share a love of books and discussing them with other people. We meet every fortnight, but you don't have to come to them all. It's dead simple; choose a book you like the sound of, read it (or even part of it) beforehand and turn up with a few ideas and money for beer / wine / flirtinis. It's very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch.

We meet at a pub in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

If you enjoy talking about books over a quiet drink, then please join us — new members are very welcome.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and a short version of what we’re reading next is here.

Thursday, 9 December 2021

A Confederacy of Dunces — John Kennedy Toole

Book cover for A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces in the South Manchester, Chorlton, Cheadle, Fallowfield, Burnage, Levenshulme, Heaton Moor, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Norris, Heaton Chapel, Northenden, and Didsbury book group A monument to sloth, rant, and contempt, a behemoth of fat, flatulence and furious suspicion of anything modern — this is Ignatius J Reilly of New Orleans; noble crusader against a world of dunces. The ordinary folk of New Orleans think he is unhinged. Ignatius ignores them, heaving his vast bulk through the city's fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity, and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprize in store for him: Ignatius must get a job. Undaunted, he uses his new-found employment to further his mission — and now he has a pirate costume and a hot-dog cart to go it with ...

This week's book is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and we'll not be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury but will be meeting online — contact us for details.

Nota Bene A Confederacy of Dunces refers to the book the South Manchester Book Group will be reading, not the group itself.