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Don Quixote
Don Quixote | Cervantes
James Montgomery's new translation of Don Quixote is the fourth already in the twenty-first century, and it stands with the best of them. It pays particular attention to what may be the hardest aspect of Cervantes's novel to render into English: the humorous passages, particularly those that feature a comic and original use of language. Cervantes would be proud. --Howard Mancing, Professor of Spanish, Purdue University and Vice President, Cervantes Society of America
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Tove_Reads
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Superbly cool walking the streets of de Cervantes! So many statues and places are dedicated to him. He also has a street named after him, and this is the house where he lived and died.

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Amiable
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Another chunkster challenger crossed the finish line! Congratulations, Shawna! This one is still on my “to-be-tackled“ list.

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@chaoticmissadventures

mandarchy I love Don Quixote ❤️ it's amazing that something so old can be so much fun. 4w
squirrelbrain Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures ! 🎉🎉🎉 4w
Lcsmcat Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures ! It‘s a fun book, but a chunkster. 4w
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MaureenMc 🙌 4w
AmyG Hooray! Congrats!🎉 4w
slategreyskies Wow, congrats!! I‘ve been wanting to read this one too!! 🙌✨ 4w
Lindy Well done @ChaoticMissAdventures ! I enjoyed listening to Don Quixote on audiobook a few years ago. I hadn‘t expected it to be so funny. 4w
JuniperWilde It‘s on my list. Congrats! I‘ll get to it after grad school ❣️ 4w
Bookwormjillk Nice!! 4w
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @ChaoticMissAdventures Congrats! 👏👏 4w
Megabooks Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures !!! 🥳🥳🥳 4w
BookNerd9906 Woohoo! 4w
ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks All!! It was a challenge and I ran out of steam towards the end, but yes - way funnier than I expected and so glad to have it checked off the TBR! 4w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Some months are just like that.

No bingos, but a fabulous vacation! I read a lot of things that there were not enough Free spaces for.

@thearomaofbooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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#chuncksterchallenge2022
@Amiable

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)

Amiable Yay! Great job! Is this your first completed chunkster for the year? 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Amiable this is .my first since finding your challenge! Storygraph says this is my 12th over 500 pages, but I would consider 700+.chunky so this is my 3rd the others being Kockland and 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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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.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Heading to San Francisco for a week of museum hopping hoping I am bringing enough to read!

Blueberry Are you going to see the Diego Rivera exhibit at the MOMA? 1mo
DisneyFan A week of museum hopping sounds like so much. Which exhibits do you plan to hit? Also Don Quixote is one of my most favorite books of all time. I reread it often. (edited) 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @DisneyFan & @Blueberry I am seeing the Diego Rivera, and I am so excited for the Guo Pei exhibit at the Legion of Honor. 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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#alphabetgame #letterq @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A bit of a stretch maybe on Q but I am going to start this one for the first time next week! Planning a mixture of reading and listening since I am road tripping!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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GinaKButler
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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…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!

#chunksterchallenge2022
@Amiable

Amiable Yay! Congratulations! You‘ve inspired me to tackle this one. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 🥳 2mo
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GinaKButler
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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I am finally in the home stretch of this chunkster! Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny, but I think it‘s about 300 pages too long.

#chunksterchallenge2022
@Amiable

Amiable An unnecessary 300 pages—yikes! That‘s like an entire book. 😬 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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Just a little reminder @ravenlee for some Quixot-ivation 😉😸

#pickleschallenge

ravenlee 🤣 I‘m trying, I really am! I‘m about 20% in, which is more than double any previous attempt! 3mo
KCofKaysville @RaeLovesToRead I have not been able to tackle that one yet but I own a copy. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @ravenlee You've got plenty of time 😊 My Mum's Pickles challenge would probably be Vanity Fair. She's got halfway through several times, but never finished. 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead @KCofKaysville It's not one I've tried, although it's something I hope to read at some point in my life! 3mo
ravenlee Vanity Fair is another on my list; I started it once but life got in the way. I hope to try it again this year or next. But first, this monster… 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @ravenlee The first half is great. The second half is a slog! 😄 3mo
Branwen THAT JUDGMENTAL STARE! 😂🤣 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Haha, I know right?! 😅🤣 2mo
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Garimasaini
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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Taking pictures of my current books instead of reading them #fun

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VioletMoonBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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BethM Yaaassss 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Eggs Perfect 💙💚💙 4mo
LiseWorks I read this many years ago 4mo
curiouserandcurioser @CoffeeNBooks just finished reading this with@wordslinger42:) it was a reread for me💜 4mo
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ravenlee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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.

RaeLovesToRead I'm rooting for you!!! 😀💕 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Danny is so cute 😋 4mo
ravenlee Thank you @RaeLovesToRead ! Danny is irritated that the book is so big and heavy. I have to prop it up (no one-handed holding of this monster) and that is obviously the cat‘s spot! How could I be so rude? 4mo
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wordslinger42
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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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.)

@TheAromaofBooks

curiouserandcurioser @wordslinger42 i loved reading this with you!💜 4mo
wordslinger42 @curiouserandcurioser I'm so glad we read it together! 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm definitely keeping Don Quixote on my TBR! One of these days!! 4mo
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wordslinger42
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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!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I have a copy of this that I have started several times and just not been able to get into. I still want to read it and am beginning to wonder if I would do better with a different translation - do you feel like yours has been pretty readable? The copy I have doesn't have a copyright date in it, but it's definitely quite old, I would guess 1930s-ish (and who knows how old the translation itself is), so some of the language feels awkward. 5mo
wordslinger42 @TheAromaofBooks I think this translation is very readable. The story itself is still pretty dense, and I've found some chapters hard to get through, but overall, I'm enjoying it! I've been reading two chapters a day, just to help it seem less intimidating! 5mo
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wordslinger42
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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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!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks YAY!! Good luck!! Maybe I should do this with Gone With the Wind as my progress is SLOW! 😂 5mo
wordslinger42 @TheAromaofBooks 😂 It would probably help! Gone With the Wind is a classic I've always waffled about reading. Is it any good? 5mo
TheAromaofBooks It's not bad?? Scarlett is just soooo self-centered, like it's literally her defining characteristic and referenced as being such. Rhett is obnoxious so I guess they deserve each other 😂 I'm only about 1/3 of the way through, so maybe they improve?? The background of the war is very interesting, especially since I'm from Lancaster, Ohio, where Sherman was born, so it's fun to see him as the “bad guy“ LOL 5mo
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Amiable
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Great job sticking it out to the end, Linda! That's how we wrestle a chunkster to the ground in the Chunkster Challenge Crew. :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@Lcsmcat

rockpools 🎉😊📚🎉 - Congratulations @Lcsmcat ! 6mo
mandarchy Din Quixote! That's such a good one. 6mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 6mo
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AmyG Wow! Congrats!!! 6mo
squirrelbrain Well done @Lcsmcat ! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
slategreyskies Way to go, Linda!! High five! 🙌 ✨ 6mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉 6mo
Lcsmcat @mandarchy There we‘re certainly parts that I loved, but I don‘t think I‘ll reread it any time soon. 😂 6mo
Mollyanna Congrats @Lcsmcat Nicely done! 🥳🎉🥳 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @Lcsmcat 👏😁 6mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Lcsmcat !! 🥳🥳 6mo
Smarkies Well done @Lcsmcat ! A book I have been looking to tackle. Which translation did you read? 6mo
Amiable @Smarkies I think she said it was the Grossman translation on Kindle… 6mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous progress @Lcsmcat !!! I've had this one on my shelf foreverrrr 6mo
Lcsmcat @Smarkies Thanks. I read the Edith Grossman translation. 6mo
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Lcsmcat
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕 6mo
MaureenMc 🎉👏🎉 6mo
EvieBee Yay! 6mo
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TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Amiable Yay! Awesome! What was the page count on this one? There are so many editions in Goodreads! 6mo
Lcsmcat @Amiable I read the Grossman translation on Kindle (so page count is , shall we say, flexible?), but Amazon says it‘s 976 pages. 6mo
batsy Woohoo! I too felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished this 😁 6mo
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Kelly326
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Time for another chunkster!! Starting this beauty today with @GinaKButler .

#chunksterchallenge2022

GinaKButler The Prologue made me laugh. Good sign! 6mo
Kelly326 Me too!! 6mo
Amiable I can‘t wait to hear what you guys think about it ! 6mo
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GinaKButler
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Starting my second #chunksterchallenge2022 book today with @Kelly326

@Amiable

CoverToCoverGirl That‘s an impressive choice! 👏🙂 6mo
Amiable Ambitious! I eagerly await your review! 6mo
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wordslinger42
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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I can't believe it's already time for April's #bookspin list!! I'm excited to start these reads next month 😊 As always, thanks for hosting, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really loved Uprooted, but it seems to be one of those books that people either love or hate haha 6mo
wordslinger42 @TheAromaofBooks Yeah, I've seen mixed reviews for it and Spinning Silver, so I thought I'd finally give them both a try for myself! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks I didn't care for Spinning Silver as much, and it's weird because people seem to like either one or the other. Uprooted is a warmer (???) book while Spinning Silver is more serious and a bit darker, so I think it just depends on what you like! I still found SS a worthwhile read, I just didn't love it the same way I do Uprooted. 6mo
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Minervasbutler
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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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.

batsy I recently read it for the first time (also the Grossman translation) and loved it. Very different from the kind of book I thought it was. 7mo
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Lcsmcat
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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After way too much “peopling” at a retreat for our elected officials, I‘m holed up in my hotel room with TheDon. Made it to part 2! #chunksterchallenge @Amiable

Amiable Great progress! 👍🏼 8mo
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Auntynanny
Don Quixote | Cervantes
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This book was weirder than I expected. I had heard about the whole “tilting at windmills“ thing, so I figured the main character became disturbed throughout the story. I was surprised to learn that he was basically delusional from the start.

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batsy
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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.

DivineDiana Great review! 8mo
Lcsmcat Way to go! I‘m at ~ 39%. And I‘m liking the interwoven stories the best. 8mo
batsy @DivineDiana Thank you! 8mo
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batsy @Lcsmcat Those are great fun! Also the bits of literary criticism cropping up in between is rather meta. 8mo
readordierachel That is the coolest cover 8mo
batsy @readordierachel It is very nice! They came out with a small set of books with these textile pattern covers. 8mo
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TheKidUpstairs
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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"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

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Lcsmcat
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Marcela is my favorite character so far. A very modern miss for a book so old! I like her even more than I like Sancho @batsy #chunksterchallenge2022 @Amiable

TheBookHippie She‘s my favorite in this story. 9mo
Amiable Glad to hear you are enjoying it ! This one is still in my TBR list. 9mo
batsy She's pretty great, isn't she. Feel like the narrative needs more Marcelas! Also the manner in which she speaks reminded me a bit of Marina, since Pericles is still fresh in my mind. 9mo
Lcsmcat @batsy She is a bit Marina-like! 9mo
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batsy
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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.

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Graywacke ALL the books, 2022! I‘m down. 🙂 9mo
BiblioLitten Don Quixote ♥️ 9mo
Ruthiella ALL THE BOOKS #Goals! 😂 9mo
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batsy @BiblioLitten I'm so glad to be finally reading it! 🙂 9mo
batsy @Graywacke @Ruthiella Let's get this going! 😂 9mo
Centique I love All The Books as a goal! For every book I read, I put at least 5 on my TBR 😂😂 I need like an IV attached to a Kindle or something for a constant infusion. 9mo
batsy @Centique Hahahaha! That's the best description I've seen. Hook me up, please 😂😂 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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Could this be the original cliffhanger? I‘ve finished Part 1 (at 9% according to my Kindle) of my #chunksterchallenge book. @Amiable @batsy

Amiable Nice work! 9mo
batsy I know this is partly also effects of reading a modern translation, but I can't get over how modern this novel feels! 9mo
Lcsmcat @batsy I‘m having the same reaction. The footnotes are a little distracting (but I can‘t stop reading them) but otherwise it just zips along. 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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My January TBR includes #shakespearereadalong, #whartonbuddyread, #chunksterchallenge, #authoramonth, and #bookspin. I always bite off a lot in January. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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batsy
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This has started well 😅

SqueakyChu Ha hahaha! 9mo
sisilia I kept giggling when I read DQ 🤣🤣 9mo
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batsy @sisilia I've only just begun but I can see this being the case 😆 9mo
Lesliereads Ow! His brains dried up! 😂 9mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve read the two introductions and Chapter One, and I‘m giggling right along with you! 9mo
batsy @Lesliereads My sinuses kind of hurt when I read that sentence 😆 9mo
batsy @Lcsmcat I'm only going to start Chap 2 today, as well. I avoided the Bloom intro just in case it "spoils" anything, though it feels silly to say that about a classic! Do you think it's best to read it before I continue on? 9mo
Lcsmcat @batsy I don‘t think it‘s necessary at all, but I wasn‘t worried about « spoilers » since I know the basic outline of the plot already. 9mo
batsy @Lcsmcat Thanks! Yeah I have an idea of the story, but the narrative voice is so beguiling I just want it to lead me to wherever and to be ready to go where it takes me, surprises and all. Will probably get to Bloom once I'm done :) 9mo
Suet624 Oh so that's what's going on with me.... too little sleep and too much reading... i'm feeling a bit nutty these days. 9mo
batsy @Suet624 You and me both! We just need a noble steed and a squire 😂 9mo
Suet624 @batsy oh! Is that what I need? Hahaha. 9mo
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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sleepy.ash87 This is a great cover. I haven't read Don Quixote since high school! Feeling inspired! 11mo
Reggie What perfect timing for you and your mom. 11mo
Reggie Minus the climate implications. Lol 11mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie Reggie!! 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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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.

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Michael_Gee
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Mehso-so

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.

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Michael_Gee
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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.

MeganAnn I totally remember this episode from watching Wishbone growing up. It was my first exposure to Don Quixote as well. 😆 13mo
Michael_Gee @MeganAnn It was like time traveling! You should check it out again if you haven‘t recently. The nineties fashion, oh my gosh. 13mo
MeganAnn @Michael_Gee I‘ll have to see if I can find it online. We‘ve been watching some of our favorite 80s, 90s and early 00s shows and movies with my son now that he‘s older and it‘s been wonderfully nostalgic! Just started Buffy the Vampire Slayer with him 😆 13mo
Michael_Gee @MeganAnn oh how fun! I watched Wishbone on YouTube. I‘ve watched a few Goosebumps episodes on Netflix, too. 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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#FallTreasures I don't read many books #Over500Pages, but I loved this one!
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheBookHippie One of my favorites. 13mo
curiouserandcurioser @CoffeeNBooks love this book!! 13mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 13mo
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Michael_Gee
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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.

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Michael_Gee
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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.

batsy Mmm manchego! 13mo
Michael_Gee @batsy An excuse to get manchego is one of the l things I look forward to when having my monthly Don Q talk with my mom! 13mo
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landgazr
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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…

Michael_Gee That‘s a beautiful cover! 14mo
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landgazr
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“…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)

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Michael_Gee
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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.

Cathythoughts Looked at page count… you‘re more than halfway there! Well done , a nice adventure to be on with your Mom. (I‘ve never read it … ) good luck 👍🏻😁 1y
Michael_Gee @Cathythoughts Thank you! We are on the home stretch. 🎉 1y
Centique Holy moly that is a HUGE book! 13mo
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landgazr
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Started Don Quixote! Dover Thrift - Smollett 1755. On C1, B2, V1. So many philosophies and avenues of translation. Rutherford, Jarvis, Starkie, Cohen, Ormsby, Montgomery, Grossman, Lathrop, Putnam, Motteux, Shelton, Raffel. I‘m sure I‘m missing some; reading Smollett now, for better or worse. I‘m starting to think every one has good and bad points. Smollett is archaic yet strangely satisfying. Your favored translation? And for what reason(s)?

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landgazr
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Mama, don‘t let your babies grow up to be poets.

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literateBee
Don Quixote | Cervantes

One of my favorites!

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
Don Quixote de la Mancha | Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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I have to admit, this one is not shaping up to be what I thought it was. The grotesque toilet humor especially surprises me. I‘ve been told that it‘s hilarious and that authors like Charles Dickens read it annually they loved it so much. I mean it‘s funny at times, but..? I understand that Cervantes is poking fun at the traditional tales of knighthood, it‘s just… interesting to see how often vomit and feces are used as punchlines.
Is it just me?😅

BookishMarginalia I find it disturbing and sad, not funny at all. 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @BookishMarginalia There are many moments I‘ve felt that too. It certainly doesn‘t come across as the “epic satirical folklore” that others have lead me to believe it was. 🤦‍♀️ 1y
ravenlee I have tried and failed three times, mostly because of that. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Maybe this was great in a world before radio & television. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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