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Don uixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances that he determines to become a knight errant himself In the company of his faithful suire Sancho Panza his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways While uixote's fancy often leads him astray—he tilts at windmills imagining them to be giants—Sancho acuires cunning and a certain sagacity Sane madman and wise fool they roam the world together and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred yearsWith its experimental form and literary playfulness Don uixote has been generally recognized as the first modern novel The book has been enormously influential on a host of writers from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert Dickens Melville and Faulkner who reread it once a year just as some people read the Bible


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    “Finally from so little sleeping and so much reading his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind” Why did no one tell me this book is hilarious? I can't believe it took me so long to finally pick it upDon uixote is densest in the early chapters which are packed full of footnotes that should be read for full context I highly recommend using two bookmarks one for your place in the story and one for in the notes If this seems too much like hard work I want to reassure you that the notes become less freuent as you progress through the book but they add some very helpful background information in the beginningIf you don't know what it's about Don uixote follows the titular character and his lovable suire Sancho Panza as the former declares himself a knight errant and goes looking for noble adventures The context is important here because at the time of the novel chivalry romances like Amadis De Gaula had become so popular in Spain that monarchs of the time feared the influence of them on the impressionable minds of young people Cervantes responded by writing a parody of these knightly adventures Don uixote has read so many of these books that they have had a profound effect on his mental state He gets caught up in a fictional world created by his imagination and truly believes that not only is he a knight but the inns he encounters are castles the prostitutes are princesses and the windmills are giants This latter is apparently an iconic moment in the novel and I can definitely see why it is so funny I read it through about five times and laughed each time I think it's the way I hear Sancho saying What giants? in my mind that cracks me upThe adventures do feel repetitive at times and I don't feel like either Part 1 or Part 2 needed to be as long as it was The buffoonish suabbles get old after a while However I really enjoyed the switch to a meta style in the second part which the notes will tell you was published some ten years after the first In this Cervantes explores the idea of characters knowing they were being written about and the book takes a philosophical and arguably darker turnI read some critical interpretations alongside the book and I found Edith Grossman's especially interesting She says she saw Don uixote as a terribly depressing book Nabokov too called it cruel and crude that's the guy who wrote about the stalking and raping of a child And though there are many moments of humour I don't disagree with them There is something undeniably sad about this book tooMaybe it is sad because this man is so deluded so wrapped up in fictions Maybe it is the way he allows himself to be deceived and the ways others take advantage of this chance at deception But I think personally that it is sad because none of it is real Don uixote wants something admirable to do good defend the weak and defeat the bad guys but it is all in his naive imagination I don't know what was truly intended by the ending but unlike some I don't see it as a final victory Instead I see it as a sad loss of something important Either way I am glad to have finally read this book We can argue about interpretations but Don uixote's impact on western literature cannot be overstated Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


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    “Don uixote” I answered and looked into almost shocked facial expressions followed by uiet uncomfortable giggling What was the uestion? If my friends at the coffee table had asked “What is your favourite book Lisa?” and received that answer they would have nodded knowingly sympathetically adding some random fact about the 1000 page classic I claimed to love than the countless other books I have read But that was not the uestion It was“With which literary character do you identify most?” I was not the first one around the table to answer and there had been plenty of identification with the brave the strong the pretty the good the clever heroes and heroines of the literary universe before it was my turn I had time to think and to think carefully There is no one like Don uixote to make me feel the connection between my reading self and my real life Who else loved books to the extent that he was willing to immerse himself completely in the illusion of his beloved fiction against all reason? Who else struggled to survive and keep the spirit of beautiful ideas in the face of ugly mean bullying reality? Why was there such awkwardness when I said I identified with Don uixote? Because he is clumsy he is bullied by the brutal ordinary people who can’t stand a mind focused on literary thoughts and idealist ideas he is treated badly and made fun of He is so very UNCOOL He makes a silly figure in the ordinary society where appearance and participation in shared activities are important to social survival and reputation than reflective thinking and expression of individuality He is off the main track and that is only acceptable to the world if you are a strong fighting violent hero not if you are a harmless yet ridiculous dreamer If you can’t be one of the group you have to be stronger violent than the majority Just being different is the most dangerous the most hated thing in the world Still But I don’t think there was much choice for Don uixote He had seen the raging madness of the world and made a decision“When life itself seems lunatic who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness To surrender dreams — this may be madness Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all to see life as it is and not as it should be” In the most famous scene of all the dialogue between Sancho Pansa and Don uixote reveals the deliberate choice to see in life than just the mere practicalities of food provision and businessWhat giants? Asked Sancho PansaThe ones you can see over there answered his master with the huge arms some of which are very nearly two leagues longNow look your grace said Sancho what you see over there aren't giants but windmills and what seems to be arms are just their sails that go around in the wind and turn the millstoneObviously replied Don uixote you don't know much about adventures” If you only have one life to live why choose the boredom of reality when your mind can create an imaginary adventure of giant proportions?What a wonderful match they are the idealist dreamer and his realist companion complementing each other perfectly while exploring the real world in the same way Dante and Virgil complement and support each other’s thoughts while they explore the fantastic fiction of Afterlife in the Divine ComedyTo me there is heroism in seeing a perfect horse in the lame Rosinante or a beautiful woman in the ugly mean Dulcinea than there could ever be in the strongest superhero riding the most powerful horse and gaining the love of the most stunning lady That is a no brainer while it reuires deeper thinking skills to see the adventure and beauty in average weak ugly lifeThe moment Don uixote turns ridiculous and sad and “uixotic” in my world is the moment before death when he renounces his ideal in favour of the mainstream understanding of Christian “comme il faut” breaking Sancho Pansa’s heart who in his own realist and practical way understands the world’s need for characters like Don uixoteThe sanity Don uixote gains when he dictates his last testament is the capitulation of the tired worn out spirit He has already stopped living Another of my favourite windmill fighting characters Jean Barois foresaw the weakness of old age and wrote his testament to the world at the height of his intellectual power thus haunting the bigot winners of his dying body afterwards with his words of idealistic power from the other side of the grave And for all those who smile at Don uixote it is much braver and harder to fight inanimate mechanised windmills than fire spitting dragonsAnd you have to have than an ounce of Don uixote in you to try to review this book of superlatives


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    992 Don uixote Don uijote de La mancha Don uijote de la Mancha #1 2 Miguel de CervantesThe Ingenious Nobleman Sir uixote of La Mancha or just Don uixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615 Don uixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever publishedDon uixote shows the life of an individual who is delusional and spends his time reading forbidden works At the time of telling the story writing and reading works dealing with knights were forbidden And the main character of the story considers himself the place of one of these knights and sees hypothetical enemies in front of him which are of course mountains and trees Don uixote is an imaginary hero helpless and stubborn who considers himself invincibleعنوانها «دن کیشوت»؛ «دون کیخوته»؛ نویسنده سر وانتس؛ انتشاراتیها روایت، نیل، وستا، روزگار و ادبیات اسپانیا؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش در یکی از روزهای سال 1972میلادیعنوان دون کیشوت؛ نویسنده سروانتس؛ مترجم محمد قاضی؛ تهران، انتشارات نیل، 1349؛ دو جلد جمعا در 1286صفحه؛ یکی از کتابهای مجموعه ی ده رمان بزرگ جهانعنوان دون کیشوت؛ نویسنده سروانتس؛ مترجم ذبیح الله منصوری؛ ، چاپ دیگر تهران، کتاب وستا، 1389؛ در 564ص؛ شابک 9786009104475؛عنوان دون کیخوته دن کیشوت؛ نویسنده سروانتس؛ مترجم کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، روزگار، 1390؛ دو جلد حدود 1300ص؛ شابک دوره 9789643741259؛این اثر از کهنترین رمانها، در زبان‌های نوین اروپایی ست؛ بسیاری آن را بهترین کتاب نوشته شده، به زبان «اسپانیایی»، می‌دانند؛ «سروانتس» بخش نخست «دن کیشوت» را، در زندان بنوشتند، و نخستین بار در سال 1605میلادی، در «مادرید» منتشر کردند، و بخش دوم آن، ده سال بعد در سال 1615میلادی، به چاپ رسید؛ «دن کیشوت» زندگی فردی را به خوانشگر نشان می‌دهد، که دچار توهم است، و اوقات خود را با خواندن آثار ممنوعه می‌گذراند؛ در زمان روایت داستان، نوشتن و خواندن آثاری که به شوالیه ها می‌پرداخت، قدغن بود؛ و شخصیت اصلی داستان، خود را جای یکی از همین شوالیه‌ ها میشمارد، و دشمنانی فرضی را، در برابر خویش می‌بیند، که البته کوه‌ها و درخت‌ها هستند؛ «دن کیشوت» پهلوانی خیالی، و بی‌دست‌ و پاست که خود را شکست‌ ناپذیر می‌پندارد؛ او به سفرهایی طولانی می‌رود، و در میانه ی همین سفرهاست، که اعمالی عجیب و غریب، از وی سر می‌زند؛ وی که هدفی، جز نجات مردمان، از ظلم و استبداد حاکمان ظالم، ندارد، نگاهی تخیلی به اطراف خویش دارد، و همه چیز را، در قالب ابزار جنگی می‌بیند؛ تاکنون هیچ کتابی، به اندازه ی «دن کیشوت»، این‌همه مورد عشق و علاقه ی ملل گوناگون نبوده‌ است؛ بسیاری از کتاب‌ها هستند، که تنها به یک قوم و ملت اختصاص دارند؛ و از حدود مرز یک کشور فراتر نمی‌روند، بسیاری دیگر نیز هستند، که در میان ملل دیگر هم خوانشگر دارند، اما تنها مورد پسند طبقه ی روشنفکر، یا مردمان عادی، یا طبقات ممتاز جامعه هستند؛ اما «دن کیشوت» تمام حصارهای «جغرافیایی»، «نژادی»، «اجتماعی»، و «طبقاتی» را، در هم شکسته، و عنوان خود را با دنیا و بشریت، گره زده استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 20061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


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    A book of parallels Don uixote by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra through two of the most emblematic characters ever conceived discusses what's imagined and what's seen the ideal vs the real the conflicts between illusion and actuality and how these solid lines start to blur by the influences Don uixote and Sancho Panza inflict on each other through the course of this comic yet sad sometimes taleA second hand account translated from Arab historian Cide Hamete Benengeli that's how our narrator describes it the book tells the story of Alonso uixano a country gentleman around fifty years of age retired who lives with his niece and a housekeeper in a village of La Mancha A big chivalry tales enthusiast he spends most of his time reading books Amadís de Gaula Orlando Furioso and Tirant lo Blanch among others about knights and their unending courage and dangerous uests His excessive reading is reading ever too much? takes a toll on his mind or his brains got so dry that he lost his witsWishing to seek for adventures and enforce peace and justice he renames himself Don uixote designates Dulcinea del Toboso as the lady of his heart for a knight errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit or a body without a soul puts on an old armor that had belonged to his great grandfather gets on his horse now called Rocinante and early in the morning starts his enterprise as knight errant After some muddles Don uixote ends up being severely beaten and is returned to his home by a peasant who recognizes him That is the end of his first sallyAt this point you can't help but ask yourself what really goes on inside of Don uixote's head? Could he simply be deemed as crazy? In every aspect but his love for chivalry it's noticeable how he's witty and sharp and this becomes clearer as the story goes on Putting aside the crazy card for a minute it's impossible not to wonder if and why he's possibly trying to escape reality Has he been unhappy or unsatisfied with his life? He often talks about how one day a book will be written about him telling all of his great deeds Does he feel he's lacking accomplishments in life and therefore embarks on his imbroglio? These are just a few of the superficial uestions this apparently simple book raisesAfter a short period of unconsciousness during which his friends burn most of his books of chivalry in a funny yet unsettling scene where the parish curate judge one by one if they're appropriate or not our clumsy hero decides that he needs an esuire and convinces his neighbor Sancho of joining him on his uests by promising him governorship of an ínsula Here we witness the birth of literary's best relationship between a protagonist and his sidekickSancho Panza described as a farm laborer honest man but with very little wit in his pate leaves his wife and children to serve as uixote's esuire Big bellied a mouthful of proverbs and the ever faithful companion Sancho follows his master and obeys his wishes but not without speaking his mind until he is forbidden to since uixote can't take his blabbering any; much to our amusement though the knight lifts his ban Matching Don uixote's supposed insanity is Sancho's so called stupidity Sure he's uneducated and illiterate but could he be called stupid or dumb? He realizes very early that his master is delusional as far as his chivalry ways go and is often baffled by his actions but still never leaves his side; is that because of friendship and his unwavering loyalty?One of the most striking aspects of the novel is its language written in a playful and light tone almost evoking innocence Cervantes was able to make his readers go through moments containing some evil doings and violence without feeling any disgust; some punches and kicks were rather funny and amusing And how was one supposed to witness Sancho's unfortunate encounter with the blanketers without any giggles? Even being an one thousand pages book it never feels tiring to read it its episodic format constituted mainly of short chapters keeps you going on just for one Before you realize it you're three hundred pages deep already Contrary to popular belief that seuels are never as good as the original a second volume of Don uixote appeared in 1615 first volume came out in 1605; nowadays it's mostly published as single work and is just as good and has often been regarded by critics as better than the first installment for its greater character development and philosophical insights Written by Cervantes partially as a response to an unauthorized continuation of the novel this infamous part 2 is actually one of the matters discussed by Cervantes on his own seuel as Don uixote and Sancho find out through someone who recognizes their names that there's a book written about them After hearing some of the book's contents they dismiss it as being full of lies and injuries This was one of Cervantes innovations where characters were aware that they were being written about Don uixote ranks really high on best books ever written lists most of the time it stands proudly at number one Based on the number of adaptations alone dozens of films operas and ballets books that were influenced by it Madame Bovary by Flaubert; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman by Sterne and The Idiot by Dostoyevsky to name just a few comics cartoons and even a painting by Picasso and a sculpture by Dalí it becomes uite clear that it isn't without reason that Don uixote had an enormous artistic impact in the world and is considered to be one of the best works of fiction ever writtenRating simply put Don uixote is an undeniable masterpiece that's both amusing and thought provoking that never let me down 5 stars


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    Can I tell you a story only it may take a little time because sometimes a thousand trifles have to be recounted as irrelevant as they are necessary for the true understanding of a tale Chapter I Regarding what befell the narrator on visiting a theatreThe comic operetta Don uixote was being performed at my local theatre and I was amongst the audience at the first performance It was a lively and entertaining re enactment featuring the knight errant Don uixote and his erring suire Sancho Panza and many of their adventures were recounted As I sat in the theatre watching the performance I found myself and drawn towards the happenings on the stage I continually shifted in my seat and half rose from it many times I kept wanting to intervene to give Don uixote a fine new coat of armour for example and to exchange the old shaving bowl he wore on his head for the real Helmet of Mambrino which as an avid reader with a large library I knew exactly where to find I wanted to give his horse Rocinante a really good feed so that he would have some flesh on his poor bones though I also knew that his and his master’s bony condition had saved them already from being eaten by a hungry lion I wanted to give Sancho Panza an even larger role in the story with longer speeches proverbs and greater opportunity to influence events I wanted to go backstage and meet with the producer and perhaps get a glimpse of the man who wrote the libretto But most of all I wanted Don uixote to finally meet the Lady Dulcinea Chapter II In which the diverting adventure of a puppet master is recounted along with other things that are really worthwhileThe operetta had reached the scene where Don uixote is sitting in an inn along with other customers watching a traveling puppeteer’s production of the tale of a beautiful princess held captive in a castle In the course of the puppet show the puppet princess escapes from the castle and is pursued by her captors Before anyone realised what he intended Don uixote sprang from his seat intent on rescuing the princess He swung his sword at the hoard of cardboard figures reducing them and the entire puppet theatre to smithereens within minutes Pandemonium ensued Don uixote’s reckless actions were just the example I needed Though it wasn't easy to move fast in my long opera gown I ran towards the steps at the side of the stage heedless of the whisperings and murmurings of the people I’d disturbed on the way Before anyone knew what I intended I had joined the actors on the stage where the puppet master was loudly bewailing the destruction of his puppet theatre Don uixote was dreamily contemplating the havoc he had created when he glanced up and noticed me standing near him The Knight of the Sorrowful Face never looked so happy “The Lady Dulcinea at last freed from her enchantment” he said dropping to one knee and covering my hands with kisses Everyone was stupefied “If that's the Lady Dulcurea” muttered Sancho Panza looking me up and down “I’ll eat my packsaddle” “Curb your tongue you jester and longtime nuisance” responded Don uixote “does it seem right to dishonour and insult a duenna as venerable and worthy of respect as she? Consider and reflect on your words before they leave your mouth”I wasn’t terribly pleased to be described as a ‘duenna’ but I didn’t have time to debate the point because at that moment the producer emerged from the wings and began to propel me from the stage “The Lady Dulcinea will appear at the proper time dear Don uixote” he whispered consolingly “and those words you’ve just uttered about the duenna belong in a later scene This is the scene with the puppet theatre in the inn Let’s not get ahead of ourselves” Then he signalled to the puppet master to carry on with his speech and pushed me into the wings though I struggled a bit I’d uite enjoyed being addressed as the Lady Dulcinea duenna or no duennaChapter III Which continues the tale of The Reader who was Recklessly Meddlesome “What do you think you're doing interfering in my production in such a ridiculous fashion?” the producer hissed into my ear pushing me down a corridor and closing the door to the stageIt's all so entrancing I just couldn't stay in my seat I insisted excitedly “And I want to help Don uixote and Sancho Panza too I want to arrange things better for themWhat would you do for Sancho Panza? he asked standing with his back to the stage door and stroking his pointed beard thoughtfully I'd give him a lot speeches I said eagerly seeing that he'd calmed down a bit Speeches that would show him to be cleverer than he appears at the moment because I'm certain he is really very cleverAnd what would you do for Don uixote?I would give him success in a tournament and I'd like to think he might sometime meet the Lady Dulcinea even if only briefly He didn’t answer immediately just continued to stroke his beard thoughtfully It seemed that he might be considering my reuest“Can I examine your spectacles” he asked suddenly holding out his handI was so surprised that I handed over my glasses immediately“Tortoiseshell I see” he said tapping the frames with his index finger “I've only ever seen it used for peinetas Can I borrow these spectacles?” “Absolutely not” I cried “I can’t see a thing without them and I’ll miss the rest of the play I’m missing enough as it is”“Hmm if you won’t lend the spectacles perhaps you’d lend your person?” he said with the trace of a smile “After the interval there’s a short scene involving a duenna called Doña Rodríguez who wears spectacles and since you want so much to be involved you could take her place She only appears once and only has a couple of lines to deliver But you must remove that ring” he said pointing to a ring I wore on my left handI was thrilled to be given a chance to take part and agreed immediately especially when the director said he might tweak some of the later scenes to allow Sancho Panzo to have a greater role just as I had reuested He went off to consult with Cide Hamete the librettist while a costume person brought me a long and elaborate headdress to wear complete with a peineta The whole thing resembled a nun's veil I donned it unwillingly What can't be cured must be endured after all and the habit does not make the nun Chapter IV Which deals wth matters related to this history and no otherImmediately after the interval comes the scene where Don uixote and Sancho Panza are being welcomed to the castle of a wealthy duke All the duennas in the service of the duchess stand in line to greet them This was my big scene Each duenna is supposed to be accompanied by a daughter so I also had a daughter whose job was to hold the end of my long headdress As I stood with all the others the two heroes passed so close to me I could have reached out and touched their sleeves Just as they were about to enter the castle Sancho stopped as if he'd forgotten something and then he turned to me and said Señora Gonzalez or whatever your grace's name may be” Doña Rodriguez de Grijalba is my name” I responded settling into my role How can I help you brother?” I was ready to oblige him in whatever way I could until I heard what he wanted I was to go outside the castle gate and find his donkey and take him to the stable because the donkey apparently didn't like to be left alone under any circumstances I didn't think this was at all the kind of duty a duenna was supposed to undertake and so I told Sancho in a slightly raised voice Then we traded a few insults in which the word 'old' was mentioned The duchess and Don uixote overheard and the Don castigated Sancho severely see his lines above while the duchess explained that though I was wearing spectacles and a wimple I was in fact still uite young I was mollified and Sancho went on his way muttering something about the need for duennas to show generosity towards donkeysChapter V Which recounts the second adventure of the Duenna also called Doña Rodriguez I watched the next few scenes from the wings It seemed to me that the Duke and Duchess were organizing some very elaborate entertainments at the expense of the two heroes entertainments in which a fair amount of trickery and deceit was involved The I watched the less I liked it especially when Don uixote was clawed by a bunch of angry cats he thought were demons He was recovering in his bed from this attack when I decided to creep into his chamber during the night and warn him about what the Duke and Duchess were up to To get his attention I had to pretend there was a damsel in distress who needed his help so I told him that my daughter had been forsaken by her lover and would he please challenge the lover to a duel That was exactly the right way to get him onside and he began to pay attention to the rest of what I had to say I had just begun to explain about all the trickery that was going on in the castle when some figures dressed in black appeared and began to spank me unmercifully “Ouch” I cried help help but to no avail see update status page 772 because Don uixote was also being attacked and since Sancho Panza was far away he couldn't comfort either of us with his soothing proverbs And so ended my unfortunate and embarrassing mid night tête à tête with the noble knight Chapter VI Regarding matters that concern and pertain to this adventureBack stage everybody was complaining about my foolishness and audacity in meddling in the plot and generally making a spectacle of myself The director said he regretted letting me play the part of the duenna I was forbidden to step on stage again and or less thrown out of the theatre But I didn't want to leave without speaking further with Don uixote and even with Sancho who'd suddenly begun to deliver some of the best speeches of the entire opera filled with juicy proverbs like pears in a wicker basket I reckoned I might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb and how would an omelette get made if we didn’t break a few eggs so I hid behind a windmill prop in the wings and waited my chance As the Don and his suire were taking leave of the Duke I stepped onstage once again and had the most interesting of my encounters with Don uixote and the wise suire Sancho When we had finished conversing I withdrew to a seat at the back of the theatre to watch the rest of the operetta completely satisfied that my interventions had been useful and were achieving some effect Postscript Which recounts what will be seen by whoever reads it and other matters which will be understood if the reader reads with attentionSo now you've heard the story of how Doña Rodriguez who was only supposed to have one scene in the opera ended up having three and of how this crazy reader who recklessly entered the story brought this mischief about If you don't believe any of this could have happened read Chapter LVI of Don uixote Regarding the extraordinary and unprecedentedly successful battle that Don uixote of La Mancha had with the footman Tosilos in defense of the daughter of the duenna Doña RodriguezAnd when you’ve read that read Chapter LXIX Concerning the strangest and most remarkable event to befall Don uixote in the entire course of his history which features not just one spectacle wearing duenna but four My tortoiseshell glasses had started a crazeWhen the performance was finally over I left the theatre pleased that my recklessness had lead to such a satisfying outcome but thoughtful too about some of the things that had happened Why had Don uixote addressed me as the Lady Dulcinea? Why had the director asked me to remove my ring? I took it from my pocket and examined it It's an old ring in fact it's been in my family for a long long time I had picked it to wear to the theatre because it has a heraldic design showing a gyron or triangular shape inside a coat of armsWhat all that signifies however I cannot uite grasp for the moment but I’m hoping some attentive reader will soon tell me


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    This book wore my ss out It's funny and good and I love tomes but I don't think I was totally ready this time Whew The narrator was great on audio but I couldn't keep up in my book for reasons so I just listened Happy ReadingMel ❤️


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    done uixotepun uixotefun uixote??none uixoteand that's not entirely true; there are some rollicking good times in here but the first part is so much endlessly episodic violence and while the second half becomes calmer and focused it never got my imagination engaged nor my blood flowingin fact although i know he really does love it i can't help but feel that brian's recommending this to me is similar to the duke and duchess having their fun with don i feel like brian is pulling a prank on me that he does not want me to meet my reading goal and is laughingly crowing no karen you will not read 150 books this year i am preventing youi will show you despite the amount of time i was stalled on this one i will come right back in the gamebut this i did not love this and a lot of it is just context i can appreciate it as an artifact and as a foundation for western literature but it suffers from the fate of any work that was not edited professionally tastes change over time just in the same way that marilyn monroe would have probably had to drop fifteen pounds to rock our modern day underfed runway ideal so this book could lose a similar amount of text stop frothing bri seriously if this turned up in some slush pile somewhere there would be allll kinds of criticism and it might even get passed around the office lgm a few times to the giggles of the editorial assistants this guy can't even keep the supporting character's wife's name straight this is inconsistent this is repetitivewhat is this interlude that has nothing to do with anything else doing in here?? this is flat out stolen from another sourcean editor would go to town on this puppybut we have the luxury of reading this 500 years after it was written and marveling at how fresh and modern it still sounds and part of it is very modern but grossman's freuent cervantes probably meant here or this is the wrong reference would not play in a modern novel if jonathan safran foer had done this there would be a crown of pretentious classics majors drawling i can't believe he said perseus when he meant theseus guffaw guffawbut 500 years down the road we can afford to be forgiving vanity press authors take heartand i am aware i am being nitpicky i am just interested in pointing out how a lot of people who love this book would be very indignant to read something produced today that had so many obvious flaws but i do admire longevityi just couldn't get into it overall there are a lot of great moments here the burning of the books nooo the puppet show don in a cage and great non action seuences in the discussions of the value of drama as a medium and the difficulty of translation and many other minor occurrencesthe first half is just episode after episode of this delusional thug with some kind of 'roid rage meth aggression attacking people and innocent lions unprovoked and his sidekick who is a grasping fiend who would sell you out for even the promise of a sandwich and it all reads like marx brothers slapsticky stuff i mean how do you break someone's nose with a loaf of bread?? with the second half it is better and becomes self reflexive and much sadder but a lot of it still remains tedious the second half written ten years after the first part freuently references the unauthorized seuel to don that some guy wrote and pissed cervantes off it is like a mean girl passing notes to the cool kids did you hear what he said??? that's my man he's messing with etc etcand i am not a lazy reader even though my tastes tend toward a faster pace than this but i have read plenty of slow paced dense prose that didn't make me take out my mental red pen and slash away at what i felt was extraneous or repetitiousi can appreciate the message about art and its impact and its potential and its place in the world but i did not have fun reading this bookand i make no apologies and for jasmine who doesn't think there is anything complicated or pretentious in the spanish language this ualifies i think it gets all meta in the second act for its time it was seriously mind bending stuffcome to my blog


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    The Double Edged SwordIt is a double edged sword isn't it reading great books too early in life? If we read a book too early in life we may not grasp it fully but the book becomes part of us and forms a part of our thinking itself maybe even of our writing But on the other hand the reading is never complete and we may never come back to it in a world too full of books And if we wait to read till we are mature we will never become good readers and writers who can do justice to good books so we have to read some good books early and do injustice to them Only then can we do justice to ourselves and to great books later onOne is reminded of Calvino in Why Read the Classics when we meditate on thisNow the uestion is which books to do the injustice to and which the justice Do we select the best for the earliest so that they become a part of us or do we leave the very best for later so that we can enjoy them to the fullest?Tough choice I have never been able to resolve Have you?


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    Whatever else Don uixote may be I never found it boring Parts of it were very funny others had wonderful similarities with Shakespeare some bits were serious it's like a mini library in a single volume Wonderful Overall it has uite a Shakespearean feel in the plotting and tales within tales eg The Man Who was Recklessly Curious stolen by Mozart for Cosi fan Tutte than the language In fact the story of Cardenio is thought to be the basis for Shakespeare's lost play of the same name HumourVery funny slapstick toilet and subtle humour with lots of factual historical and chivalric detail as well but it doesn't feel especially Spanish to me Certainly long but I don't understand why supposedly so few people manage to finish it Some of D's delusions hurt only himself tilting at windmills but others lead to suffering for his suire Sancho Panza tossed in a blanket or reluctant beneficiaries of his salvation the beaten servant beaten even once D departs and bemuse people mistaking inns for castles sheep for enemy armies and ordinary women as princesses and are used to justify theft the golden helmetbowl and non payment to inn keepers His resolute optimism in the face of severe pain and disaster is extraordinary Meanwhile Sancho wavers between credulity wishfully thinking the promise of an island for him to rule will come true and pragmatism Two PartsPart II starts with Cervantes' response to the unknown writer of an unofficial seuel to part 1 though D Sancho and others also critiue it in early chapters The following story presumes that part 1 is true and shows how D's resulting fame affects his subseuent adventures A very modern mix of fact and fiction Some characters doubt his exploits others pander to them especially the duke and duchess who go to great lengths to treat him in knightlychivalric manner and provide new adventures for their amusement at the painful expense of D and Sancho Sancho gets rather scope for lengthy meanderings of jumbled and largely irrelevant proverbs Less slapstick and pontificating than part I both D's advice to Sancho on how to govern his promised insula and when Sancho has intriguing disputes to resolveA Third courtesy of Borges?Borges wrote the short story Pierre Menard Author of the uixote published in The Garden of Forking Paths Menard is an imaginary writer described as if he's real who “did not want to compose another uixote” but “ the uixote” by combining the don and Sancho into a single character and by in some sense becoming CervantesWhat Don Means to MeThis section was added after an epiphany which prompted me to make my reviews personalI was wary of this book for many years; I feared it was too heavy in ounces and themesplotlanguage but only the former is true and that can be obviated by a comfy chair or an ebookI plucked up the courage to read it shortly after joining GR partly through encouragement from others It was a revelation both in terms of the power of GR friends to enrich my life and my own confidence as a reader My enjoyment was heightened by reading it whilst my son and his friend who was staying both aged 10 repeatedly watched and uoted Monty Python's Holy Grail very appropriate


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    Cervantes Don uixote In a certain corner of la Mancha the name of which I do not choose to remember there lately lived one of those country gentleman who adorn their halls with rusty lace and worm eaten target and ride forth on the skeleton of a horse to course with a sort of a starved greyhoundDon uixote is one of my favorite comedies of all time This opening phrase is steeped with irony and sarcasm We are introduced to the loser town which the author is obviously embarrassed to have known and an out of date rusty and poor worm eaten country gentleman read redneck and given a less than a complimentary portrait of his magnificent steed Rocinante starved greyhound Cervantes chooses to reveal himself from the get go I and stays with us during the entire two volumes of time enduring text that is his literary legacy to us This is also evident from the long and rambling sentence form There is gallantry ride forth and pretention adorn their halls and yet a sort of hopelessness skeleton of a horse that infuses this sentence with a life of its own And the rest only gets betterI think my favorite moment and one of the existential moments which make this truly a modern book was when Don uixote is suspended in air at Dolcinea's window Riconante having wandered off eating grass The entire work is full of comedy and humor And don't miss the second part which he wrote because after publishing Part 1 life dealt him some harsh cards soldiering wounds prison bankruptcy exile during which a grifter wrote a seuel using his name and his characters He was so insensed that he wrote a seuel and killed off uixote so that there could be no imitators Incredible stuff