With the help of 2,000 miles in the car last week I was able to finish Don Quixote with a mixture of listening and reading.
It wasn't my favorite classic ever and the last 200 pages were a bit of a struggle. But ✔️ made it to the end.
(Litsy has way too many options for tagging this book, it is very confusing, my copy is 891 pgs)
One week road tripping and I got through this #chunkster
It kept me entertained for the most part. But I admit I got bored towards the end. Not sure I would have finished it if I was reading it. There was a repetitiveness that makes me think 1-200 pages could have been cut.
There is a special humor throughout and it makes sense that this has continued to be a beloved classic.
Heading to San Francisco for a week of museum hopping hoping I am bringing enough to read!
…and, I‘m done! This took me a month longer than what I‘d planned. It‘s laugh-out-loud-funny, but also incredibly sad. So happy I can finally check this classic off the list!
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I‘m FINALLY starting my #PicklesChallenge - and #DannyBoy is unimpressed. This is my third or fourth try with DQ, not counting my Spanish IV assignments that sparked my interest in the first place (a million years ago). I‘m hoping that reading small sections frequently, instead of diving in and trying to read straight through, will be the ticket.
Chapters 27-30 of Don Quixote were my #bookspin for May! After a two-month journey, I finally conquered this chunkster. I actually really enjoyed it. Sancho and Don Quixote are endearing (and bonkers) 😆 While there were some dense chapters that I didn't enjoy as much, I still really liked the book and am glad I read it!
My next read is Poldark (not a fan of the show tie-in cover, but it was, oddly, the only copy I could find.)
To live a fool and die a sage.
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When I sat down to keep reading Part Two of DQ, I remembered that chapters 43-49 of Part One were my April #bookspin and I never posted my review! This book is funny/odd and absolutely unlike anything I've ever read 😆 I have been enjoying it, and I'm going to feel *very* accomplished when I've finished it!
Well, it's official! Don Quixote is taking over my #bookspin list for the second and final month 😂 It's worked really well to break it up into chapters, so I decided to use the same method for Part Two. Then I can finally say that I've conquered this classic!
I finally finished this year‘s #chunksterchallenge! And at times it was a slog, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. I didn‘t find it as funny as many do, but I‘m not a 3 Stooges fan, and there was a lot of that vibe. Best bits were Sancho Panza‘s proverbs and Cervantes‘ digs at other authors. @Amiable
Much funnier and enjoyable than I remember it being when I read it at university 40+ years ago, which include again proves the importance of picking the right translation. This was the Edith Grossman one and it was excellent.
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I read it throughout January, following Don Quixote & his squire Sancho Panza through their adventures, trials, & tribulations, & it did feel like a journey. This was unlike what I thought it would be: both more philosophical & more puerile than I expected! I laughed out loud & cringed; was bored, entertained, & edified, & was never disinterested. Can't sum it up: but if I was to try, a book about knowing oneself through conversation with others.
"Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing" #OnThisDay in 1605 the first book of Don Quixote was published. Book two came ten years later. #HistoryGetsLIT
Thank you for the tag @ravenlee and sorry I'm a day late 🙂
1) My sort of tentative goals are to read more of the classics I've had on my TBR for a very long time, & to read more nonfiction. History, philosophy, etc. ALL OF THE BOOKS! Sorry, I mean tentative but realistic goals 😆
2) Patience (an eternal life lesson)
3) Reading this slowly & enjoying the humour & thinking underlying the wild misadventures.
This has started well 😅
The novel articulated for me what idealism means (basically it isn‘t grounded by hopes of achieving a better tomorrow, but is a lasting state of being):
To lead an enjoyable, worthwhile life, your goals must be loose but rooted in principle & w/o hope of consummation. Accepting other people‘s limited perception of you leads to humiliation & failure.
So basically, let your horse‘s meandering guide you & may your Dulcinea never manifest.
9 months later (tabs mark the months), we‘re finished! It‘s kinda AWEsome that a 400 y/o book can still make you LOL, & that is no small value. It is inimitable, & I‘m stuck by how pale adaptations are compared to the original. ⚔️🛡
I also found it too long and tedious at many times. So many subplots! So many “most beautiful maidens between the ages of 13-18” & their romantic drama! To read it is a sort of endurance test, but that‘s not bad.
I can‘t be sure, but Wishbone‘s episode “The Impawssible Dream” may have been my introduction to DQ. This was a fun half hour adaptation of the first part, utilizing some shortcuts made by the musical but with a much more faithful version of Sancho Panza (pictured 😆). I thought the blending of literature and a kid‘s life was well done, and such a great way to make history/literature accessible and enjoyable.
Confirmed my disinterest w/the show (no fault of the theater or actors, I just don‘t “really like it”). It distills the 1st part & darkens some elements, oversimplifies others. What is done to Sancho Panza is a crime, esp here, where he‘s played as a queeny joke. Aldonza carries the emotional arc (Gisela Adisa: Wow 🤩) but despite an inspiring anthem the show is ultimately cynical: Life is so unbearable we must escape into delusion to endure.
Penultimate discussion on Don Q with Mom this afternoon (+manchego & sparkling Spanish wine). My thought: Is part 1 the more famous because the “impossible dream” is more palatable than realizing the apex of your dreams BUT it‘s all a farce and everyone‘s laughing at you behind your back? There‘s a cynicism to the second half that is more humiliating for Don Q and SP, even as they display more intelligence and wisdom than in Part 1.
Although I feel a little guilty stopping after the first third of the translation, Smollett‘s Quixote bordered on being a slog. I didn‘t want to dislike the novel before I had to chance to finish it. Granted that may still end up being the case, but I‘m hoping my experience will be different with a newer translation (starting Lathrop today). Once more to the village of La Mancha…
“…that as love in young people is, for the most part, nothing but appetite, whose only aim is pleasure; and this being enjoyed, what he seemed love, vanishes, because it cannot exceed the bounds of nature; A whereas real love is bounded by no such limits” (V1B3C11, tr. Tobias Smollett)
752 pages in…TBH, I‘m finding this journey a little tedious. Mom still enjoying it, finds it quirky, likes the jokes and wordplay. We‘ve challenged ourselves to find a reason why 100 writers voted it the best work of fiction in the world, as Grossman says in her intro.