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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Chapter Two – House on a Hill. According to Holditch, Toole’s mother Thelma recalled that her son had insisted on showing her a large neon sign on advertising the Tole Baptist Church down on the Airline Highway in New Orleans.

The Neon Bible

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. Shortly before she died in Augustshe altered her will to that effect.

Apr 12, Ojhn Henke rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a solid to good coming-of-age story written by John Kennedy Toole at the age of Whatever fiction Joh may have written oennedy the decade between The Neon Bible and A Confederacy of Dunces he must himself have destroyed, since it is unthinkable that his mother, given her conviction of his genius and her devotion to his every word and deed, could have disposed of or lost any document.

David grabs his father’s rifle and shoots the preacher through the back of the head, killing him. The reader knows why Christopher responds the way he does. After eating, as he climbs the stairs he steps in blood.


The bleeding quells with the help of an old blanket, but it is too late. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole’s heirs.

After seeing Aunt Mae off, he reflects on his situation.

You have forced me to long for a book from you, that I will never be able to read. It is such a powerful book, I often recommend highly nein others. Together they laughed at its tacky ostentation, but she did not know then kenedy he had found the title and inspiration for his first sustained creative effort.

Her letters of protest to the governor, the state supreme court, and Louisiana congressmen were ignored, and finally, unable to circumvent the antiquated and illogical inheritance law, her strength depleted by fatal illness, she made the painfully paradoxical decision to prevent publication of what she considered another masterpiece created by her darling.

David then buries his mother in the yard and walks into town, using money given to him by the pharmacy owner, Mr. Meanwhile, Aunt Mae takes a kenendy in the local propeller factory as a supervisor. I hope things are different now. Anything he did was Christian and the people in his church believed it, too.

Gina Rowlands as Aunt Mae in the Terence Davies film of the novel The novel scorns and punishes the scorners, especially those who proclaim from the pulpit of the preacher.

And this David of Toole’s story is certainly fighting a Goliath at every turn. She made me realize that I was representing Jee-sus and that Jee-sus has no place on johhn dance floor.

As a novel it is fairly well done, and the story is an interesting one. The family moves to an older house on a hill overlooking the town. Want to Read saving….


One week he spends his entire paycheck on seeds and other farming supplies. Its a short novel that does not disappoint it is almost antithetical to his ensemble oeuvre of “Dunces” ; it hints at a grief that begins in childhood and ends, perhaps, never. Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Enon All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February It reads so honestly it’s as if O’Toole wrote this as a journal when he was that young.

I was not a huge fan of Dunceswhich didn’t tickle my funnybone the way it has for so many other readers. When Thelma suggested publishing The Neon Bible — “after Confederacy has had its share of glory” — lawyers reminded her that under Louisiana law that same Napoleonic Toloe in which Stanley Kowalski instructs Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desirehalf the rights belonged to her husband’s brother and his children.

The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole

It’s a little childish,” but I was wrong. Again, it is not the kind of story you expect from a sixteen-year-old. When he was fifteen and had just learned to drive, he had invited her to ride johm him to Airline Highway to see something amusing.