If you love New Orleans and you haven't read this book, do yourself a favor and give it a try. If you have already read it, ask yourself, isn't is time that I re-read it.
The story is set in the early 1960s. The main character is Ignatius J. Reilly, although he has a college degree, he still lives with his mother at age 30 in uptown New Orleans. He is forced to seek employment and in his different jobs, he meets a wide assortment of characters.
My synopsis doesn't even begin to do the book justice, but it will give you a general idea of what the book is about.
The character of Ignatius is so revered in New Orleans that they have erected a statue of him on Canal Street.