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Don Quixote
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
"Don Quixote is practically unthinkable as a living being," said novelist Milan Kundera. "And yet, in our memory, what character is more alive?" Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. This Modern Library edition presents the acclaimed Samuel Putnam translation of the epic tale, complete with notes, variant readings, and an Introduction by the translator. The debt owed to Cervantes by literature is immense. From Milan Kundera: "Cervantes is the founder of the Modern Era. . . . The novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes." Lionel Trilling observed: "It can be said that all prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote." Vladmir Nabokov wrote: "Don Quixote is greater today than he was in Cervantes's womb. [He] looms so wonderfully above the skyline of literature, a gaunt giant on a lean nag, that the book lives and will live through [his] sheer vitality. . . . He stands for everything that is gentle, forlorn, pure, unselfish, and gallant. The parody has become a paragon." And V. S. Pritchett observed: "Don Quixote begins as a province, turns into Spain, and ends as a universe. . . . The true spell of Cervantes is that he is a natural magician in pure story-telling."
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sprainedbrain
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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. 😃

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#1001books

Daisey Great review! 1d
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sprainedbrain
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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.

🤣

RealBooks4ever I LOVE TONY HARRISON!!! 💜💜💜 “This is an outrage!” 1d
Andrew65 Love Simon Vance‘s narration, one of my favourites. 1d
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sprainedbrain
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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?

RachelO Hmm. You *almost* make me want to try it! 5d
Currey Yes, it IS supposed to be ridiculous and funny, at the time it was written and today. Like you, I was delightfully surprised. I read it last year. 5d
Chili @sprainedbrain I loved it. The old coot made me laugh my a$$ off (edited) 4d
Daisey So glad this is your response. I keeping thinking I need to attempt it, but I haven‘t yet. 4d
vivastory I STILL remember, almost 3 years later, @LauraBeth summaries during the #dqbuddyread Definitely recommend if you want a good laugh 3d
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jessinikkip
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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When you trying to read for the #wintergames but your dog decides to lay on it and stare at you until you give up. Fine, pup, I just wont ever finish this book.

@LibrarianRyan #teamelectricsex

StayCurious I can relate haha 1w
Crazeedi Like my kitty is playing with my phone right this moment as I'm trying to read the posts!! Lol 😁 1w
LibrarianRyan Baby!!!! Yeah. +16 for a #selfie with a friend or family member. 1w
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TheEllieMo
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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Embarking on a quest to revive chivalry suggests that Alonso Quixano (better known as Don Quixote de La Mancha) was #LivingForLove

#Movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen LOVE this illustration ❣️ 3w
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Lcsmcat
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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TheBookHippie I saw this opera it was stunning! 3w
Aimeesue ML! I love Modern Library editions. ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie The Massenet or the Kienzl? 3w
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Lcsmcat @Aimeesue Me too! But this one is bigger than most of them! 3w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3w
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat Massenet! 3w
Lcsmcat That‘s the one I‘m more familiar with. You‘d think I‘d have read the book by now. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
CoffeeNBooks I read this last year, and it was great! 3w
jewright I really want this in a parallel copy, but I haven‘t found one yet. 3w
Lcsmcat @jewright I don‘t read Spanish, so I‘m just hoping it‘s a good translation. 3w
Graywacke One I need to read too. Nice edition! 3w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Maybe after we work our way through Cather‘s oeuvres we can tackle Cervantes! 3w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I'm happy to pencil that in for 2020. 3w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke 👍🏻 3w
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ImperfectCJ
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚❤️ 3w
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Booklover2
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Bailedbailed

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

RachelAmphlett Omg, i tried to read this years ago and bailed! Such a shame as the concept always fascinated me! 4w
Booklover2 I wanted to love it with all my heart 4w
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CoffeeNBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 1mo
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Librarybelle
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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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

Cinfhen This is one book I‘m not interested in tackling #PageCountPhobia 2mo
Librarybelle Totally understand, @Cinfhen ! 2mo
ravenlee I‘ve tried to read this several times and never get more than a few pages in. Sigh. 2mo
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Tamra This past summer I enjoyed the first book mainly, but it seemed to get repetitive. Silly misunderstandings lead to shenanigans, repeat. Add in exaggerated chivalric love. 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
CrowCAH This is on my TBR too! 1mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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Mehso-so

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

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j9brown
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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Saying hello to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on the It's A Small World Ride! Or, nerdspotting, as I now like to call it when I find bookish references out in the world 🤓
#disney #waltdisneyworld #magickingdom

KatieDid927 😍 2mo
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KathyWheeler
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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This book has been on my TBR forever. I may read it this year. Here‘s the Don Quixote sculpture on our campus.

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CoffeeNBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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#RedRoseSeptember Don Quixote is definitely a #PoorMisguidedFool, lol! 😂
@arlenefinnigan @cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Someone needs to include Don Quixote by Nik Kershaw on one of these challenges. 3mo
Aims42 He sure is 😂😂 3mo
Cinfhen I miss @LauraBeth chapter summaries of Don Quixote💕🙌🏻They were awesome 😊 3mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen 😂 I STILL think about DQ a LOT! It stuck with me! 3mo
gradcat Yaaasss! 3mo
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bromeliad
Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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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!

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Tamra
Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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I‘ll be honest, my 3rd day with Don and I‘m tired of his antics. Thankfully only Part I is assigned.

everlocalwest This was my big summer read last year and yeah, the second book just feels unnecessary. 5mo
Tamra @everlocalwest I‘ll read a summary of Part 2, thanks for the note! 5mo
everlocalwest Most interesting bit is that someone wrote a second part before Cervantes could and it is referred to as 'The False Quixote.' I don't know why but this factoid pleases me. Also, that the false Quixote is the first fanfic and of course the author was big mad about it. 5mo
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Tamra @everlocalwest love it! 😄 5mo
cherinium I was not amused at all by Quixote. Bailed very early. 5mo
mcipher Looks like a nice spot for reading at least! 5mo
Tamra @mcipher yes, that‘s a plus. 👍🏾 I‘ve retreated to the shade for the afternoon session. 5mo
Tamra @cherinium if it weren‘t assigned, I‘d bail too. 5mo
Chittavrtti There‘s a theory out there that most people only read the first part. ‘Bout as far as I got. Still have it somewhere. 5mo
Tamra @Chittavrtti I finally just finished up and I can safely say I won‘t go on! 5mo
Avidreader25 I was surprised by how funny this one was! Not my favorite book, but more enjoyable than I was expecting. 5mo
Tamra @Avidreader25 yes, it is full of humor! 5mo
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Tamra
Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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We‘re in my summer “office” reading - her book isn‘t assigned however, lucky duck. 😎

AlaMich Well those two are living their best lives!! 5mo
Tamra @AlaMich I know - I‘m envious. 5mo
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Johanna414 This is how I want to spend my summer! 5mo
Bklover I love this!! 5mo
SW-T Gorgeous photo! Perfect way to spend time 💕 5mo
batsy Love this photo! 5mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic 💕 5mo
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gdr18
Don Quijote de La Mancha. Edicion Rae / Don Quixote de La Mancha. Rae | Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de Cervantes
Pickpick

Hands down, one of my FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE WORLD!!

TheBookHippie I saw the opera -it was fantastic . 5mo
gdr18 There's an opera? By who? Or whose music do they use for the opera? 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 I read this last year and thought it was great! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 5mo
ImperfectCJ This was the first book I read on my Classics Club list. I was surprised by how funny it was and how contemporary it felt (although the latter might be the work of the translator). Welcome to Litsy! 5mo
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Tamra
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“Everyone is the son of his works.” 👌🏾

Up next for assigned reading and writing.

Cathythoughts Your busy !! 5mo
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RiaWritten
The Complete Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Look at the adorable bookmark my little brother got me in Spain! I‘m in love. 😻

Aims42 What a good brother!! 👍🏻🤣 6mo
Annl My all time favorite character! 6mo
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enidkeaner
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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


Notafraidofwords Wives and Daughters is so good. 6mo
atla The Door is so fantastic on audio. 6mo
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VioletMoonBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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.
#DonQuixote #MiguelDeCervantesSaavedra #firstline #openingline #funkopop #popvinyl #FreddyFunko #Alice #book #books #bookmark #bookmarks #bookmarket #bookmarkets #bookmoment #bookmoments #Classics #Fiction #Literature #SpanishLiterature

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RavenLovelyReads
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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I went on my first #audiowalk today! Woot!! If you guys are on Garmin Connect- look me up! I‘m raven_lovely

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Tamra
The Adventures of Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Audio baking this morning with Don Quixote - 36 hr audio version. 😳

DeleteAcct I'm reading Don Quixote too. For me one chapter a day. Lol. 🤤 6mo
wanderinglynn That‘s a long audiobook. You‘re going to have to do a lot of baking! 😂 6mo
Ash.on.the.line Those look amazing! Hopefully you have more baking to do! 😂 6mo
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Leftcoastzen I‘m coming over, those look great!😂 6mo
GypsyKat Yummmm!! 6mo
Cathythoughts Looking delish 6mo
Tamra @Rachbb3 It‘s going to be required reading for a course this summer, so I thought why not? 😄 Which translation are you reading? 6mo
Tamra @wanderinglynn @Ash.on.the.line my kids how so. 😆 6mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen I wish you could! I also made too much hummus yesterday so you could help eat that up too. 6mo
Tamra @GypsyKat @Cathythoughts I wish you lived close by to share! 6mo
GypsyKat @Tamra Me too! 🤤😂 6mo
DeleteAcct The translation is by Edith Grossman. 6mo
ladym30 Those look good!! 6mo
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GreatBookStudy
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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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

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Mindyrecycles
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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Made it to page 500 this morning. Woohoo! #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge

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Mindyrecycles
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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

AlaMich I took a Spanish class at the Cervantes Institute once with a guy whose sole reason for studying Spanish was to read DQ in the original. 7mo
Mindyrecycles @AlaMich wow jealous of both of you! 7mo
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vivastory
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Four of my favorite novels where the narrator has a tenuous connection to reality. All four are highly recommended & unique approaches to reality. #WhereIsMyMind #MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

marleed One of these days I‘m going to read Don Quixote- while Man of La Mancha plays in the background. 7mo
lkurgs The Bird‘s Nest is one of my favorites! 7mo
rohit-sawant Excellent picks! Except for The Bell Jar all three are on my TBR. Especially looking forward to The Bird's Nest. 7mo
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Cinfhen Excellent!!!!well done 🙌🏻 7mo
Sapphire The Lathe of Heaven was amazing. 7mo
rretzler Loved The Bell Jar. Very haunting. I need to read Don Quixote 7mo
BiblioLitten Don Quixote, definitely. I need to read The Bird‘s Nest. 7mo
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pappuraj
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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one of the funniest book

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Jlmccann30
Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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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!

sudi Hi 🙋 Welcome to Litsy 😊 7mo
RaimeyGallant It's on my audiobook tbr. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 7mo
deadrabbitsbooks 💛 Welcome to Litsy 🐇 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈 7mo
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glitterkitty459
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Pickpick

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 )

Theaelizabet That‘s an accomplishment! Congrats! 7mo
consonantia I read Volume 1 for a class in my master‘s program and loved it! 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i love Don Quixote 💙 7mo
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jveezer
Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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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.

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Wannabe_Quijote
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A rare photo of my 16-year-old #Sancho spending time on my lap. Usually, he prefers his heated bed. #spoiled #dogsoflitsy

annahenke What a huggable dog! 8mo
Wannabe_Quijote @annahenke He‘s pretty perfect 8mo
Melissa_J Heated bed? Sancho is (deservedly) living the good life 😊 8mo
Wannabe_Quijote @Melissa_J He‘s got one downstairs and upstairs!! 8mo
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glitterkitty459
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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

ShyBookOwl You got this! 😊 8mo
BookwormM Go you good job 👏 8mo
bridge12 I‘m SO looking forward to this movie!! You‘ve got this, it‘s a great book! 8mo
TieDyeDude The history of the movie is as epic as the novel! I have my ticket for tomorrow night. I haven't attempted the novel yet, so kudos 8mo
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tigerkat81
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It took a minute (I persisted because my sister Sara loves it) but I'm finally getting into Don Quixote.

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Becker
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Pickpick

I‘m just reminiscing about the summer that I read this wonderful, crazy, funny book. Sancho Panza is one of my favourite characters ever. 😊

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Gina
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMar19 Day 25: History as the #Rival of time. This remains one of my absolute favourite books of all time.

gradcat Great quote to make one think 🤔 ❤️👍! 9mo
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Carleneishere
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Getting ready for my trip to Spain!

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Emjoy21
Don Quijote de la Mancha | Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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The first on the list and probably the one I‘m most proud of, because I read it in Spanish! (It took me 7 months.) Pictured with my fantastic Litographs T-shirt! #thewelleducatedmind #classics #greatbooks #spanishliterature

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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).

Haroon_Ishaq How many times did u read Anna Karenina ? 9mo
merelybookish Interesting! Is there any book you expect you'll feel differently about? (I have a few books that I loved in my 20s that I would never reread, in part because I'm pretty sure they wouldn't withstand middle age scrutiny and I don't want to destroy my memory of them. 😬) 9mo
zsuzsanna_reads @merelybookish I am not sure! I wonder how well White Teeth has aged - I read it when it came out. I am mostly hoping I will like some that I didn't back then, like Tess of the d'Urbervilles. 9mo
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glitterkitty459
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ Strawberries!! 🍓
2️⃣ Currently reading Don Quixote, 940 pages (super small font 😳)
3️⃣ Saga! Also, Paper girls, Misfit City, and (not a series) the Prince and the Dressmaker
4️⃣ don't really know 🤔

Eggs Thanks for joining in ❣️ 9mo
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SoniaC
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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.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is still on my to read list! I have to make an effort to read it soon. 9mo
Tamra 👏🏾 9mo
Daisey Glad to hear you enjoyed it! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is on my TBR too, maybe we should try to read it at the same time. 9mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey That sounds like a great plan. Maybe that will motivate both of us to finally do it. 9mo
SoniaC @Daisey and @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m really glad I gave it a chance. You guys should definitely buddy read it. Forgive me if I don‘t join you though 😂 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SoniaC Totally forgiven....in advance! 9mo
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

Now that I‘ve learned the literary origins of the modern day sitcom with its flat, ridiculous characters that never grow or change, I‘ve got all that I could possibly get from this silly tome. Bailed a fifth of the way in.

LeahBergen 😆😆 I will just DIE if you bail on our Queen Mary! 11mo
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Lol - no worries on that one! 11mo
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