Bookish Christmas goodies! 😍
A true classic, really well-written, laugh-out-loud funny at times, and absurd throughout. I especially loved the way Cervantes made commentary on himself and his plagiarist.
Still, not gonna lie, I struggled to get through the book. It‘s too long and repetitive, and it felt like a slog to get to the good stuff.
But I finished! And thus I shall embark upon a pastoral life. Or just start another book. 😃
Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators and he‘s fabulous on this recording on Don Quixote.
That said, when he reads for Sancho, he sounds a LOT like Noel Fielding as Tony Harrison.
So, while Sancho is really nothing like Tony (he knows nothing of the crunch), after about 30 hours, I am starting to picture Sancho like this. Only on an ass.
Confession: I‘ve never paid much attention to Don Quixote, and assumed it was some epic, stuffy, serious classic. It‘s on the #1001books list so I decided to read it anyway.
Imagine my surprise to find that, while it is epic, it‘s not the least bit stuffy. I‘m laughing a whole lot at the exploits of the knight of the rueful countenance and Sancho and his ass.
Am I doing this wrong, or is it supposed to be absurd and hilarious?
Yes I abandoned this one and yes I have it 2 stars anyways. I actually love Don Quixote and Sancho. I loved it every time they bantered or fought giant windmills and charged at people who he thought were the “enemy” and be all
Bumbling. Those are the bits I Loved and how positive he always stayed, searching for love.
But the short stories throughout took me out of the story. So I bailed
Oh, Don Quixote! You‘re on my to read list, along with so many other #chunkster classics! I do know of his reputation...tilting at windmills, thinking he is a knight, etc. #TheSwordFight #SoaringScores
#SebastianKitty wanted in the photo too! #catsoflitsy
I‘m stuck in the 20th century as far as literary critique of this one goes; critics in that era came to view the story as a tragedy, where Don Quixote‘s simple idealism is rendered useless by a harsh reality. Sure, there are plenty of quick quips and slapstick encounters, but really, the truth at the heart of the story is terribly sad. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/don-quixote-miguel-de-cervantes-saavedra/ #ClassicBooks
When I asked which #chunkster to read for the rest of the summer, the votes overwhelmingly came back in favor of Don Quixote! 🎉 🎉 🎉 Edith Grossman is a personal hero of mine, and her translation of DQ (of course) got gushing reviews, so that's the edition I'm reading 😁 My weekend is today/tomorrow, so I'll definitely be diving in before I'm back at work!
I‘ll be honest, my 3rd day with Don and I‘m tired of his antics. Thankfully only Part I is assigned.
We‘re in my summer “office” reading - her book isn‘t assigned however, lucky duck. 😎
Hands down, one of my FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE WORLD!!
10 books that have been on my TBR for at least 2 years:
Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Door by Magda Szabo
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
A Parisian Affair by Guy de Maupassant
At a village of La Mancha, whose name I do not wish to remember, there lived a little while ago one of those gentlemen who are wont to keep a lance in the rack, an old buckler, a lean horse and a swift greyhound.
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Audio baking this morning with Don Quixote - 36 hr audio version. 😳
This tome held me up at FAA security. They searched my backpack, pulled out this book, and flipped through its pages until they pronounced it “Good.” I said, “It is good. It‘s Don Quixote!” 😊Blog Post: Let's Talk About Don Quixote: https://www.greatbookstudy.com/2019/06/time-to-talk-about-don-quixote.html
DQ and Sancho are too much! I am enjoying this classic despite the fact that it‘s taking me forever to read. But I do wish I could read it in Spanish and that I had an advanced degree in Spanish history and culture. 😂 I am sure so much goes over my head. #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge
This is my current work Audio book. IMO it‘s a great ‘work and read‘ book because I can listen to it without losing focus on what I need to do. Parts of it have made me laugh/ but mostly I enjoy it as background noise. I know a #classic should probably be enjoyed with a cup of tea and an armchair- but ya gotta work with what ya got!
I finally finished!! ✔️ I'm rather proud of myself. I mostly read it in 20 page chunks, which was about all I could manage at a time
I will say I liked the first half better than the second, and that there were way too many characters for me to keep track of properly 😂
Altogether a pick! #classics
(Also, Happy May the Fourth!! ♥️ #starwarsday )
Is often said that we have no satisfactory translation of DQ. To those who are familiar with the original, it‘s savours of truism or platitude to say so...It is not that the Spanish idioms are so utterly unmanageable, or that the untranslated words...are so superabundant, but rather that the sententious terseness to which the humor of the book owes its flavor is peculiar to Spanish, and can at best be only distantly imitated in any other tongue.
I'm at page 557 out of 930!! Cheer me on??! 😂
There's a movie coming out now in the US based on this book I think only in theaters one night. April 10. And Adam Driver is in it!!! I guess the movie has been in production for a really long time- It's called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Well isn't that interesting...
I am in the process of putting together a list of books I've read in my twenties to re-read - some I liked, some I didn't - to see what I will make of them a decade or more later. I've been re-reading books regularly of course, some of them many times (for example Anna Karenina) but I want to do this in a more planned way, to run in tandem with my lifetime reading plan. (Right now based on 1001 books / Guardian 1000 books + assorted plays).
So excited to have finished this beast of a book this morning. I must say I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. It‘s a fun but really long read.