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!!
I reached page 200 today. At this rate I should finish sometime in September/October. 😄
I'm loving Sancho Panza and have had some LOL moments.
I've hit the 100 page milestone of Don Quixote. Only 840 more to go. 😄
I'm really enjoying it so far. 👍
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.
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.
I started reading Don Quixote with some trepidation, but I want to finish it this year with the help of the fabulous #serialreader. I was worried that between the book being translated and my ignorance of the cultural and historical times, a lot would go over my head. I'm sure a lot is, but I'm finding it very funny and engaging. #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge
This is a far funnier satire of knighthood and chivalry than I expected. Many jokes hold up quite well, and I giggled a couple of times. The second half is more solid and mature than the first, while still producing smiles. There was also a lot of pondering. There are, unfortunately, a bunch of things that don't hold up, given the time it was written. I'm glad I finally read it. A lot more fun than you might expect from a 400-year-old novel.
So I never read this classic. I‘m going to be doing a chapter a day reading of it with a good friend of mine! Got to catch up on the first six days!
#YouandMe could easily be the theme song for Don Quixote. With Sancho Panza as his sidekick, in the words of Elder Price:
?... I'll do something incredible
That blows God's freaking mind...?
Charging at windmills & such certainly "blows God's freaking mind."