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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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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Perfect 💙💚💙 3w
LiseWorks I read this many years ago 3w
curiouserandcurioser @CoffeeNBooks just finished reading this with@wordslinger42:) it was a reread for me💜 3w
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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!!! 😀💕 3w
RaeLovesToRead Danny is so cute 😋 3w
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? 3w
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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!💜 1mo
wordslinger42 @curiouserandcurioser I'm so glad we read it together! 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm definitely keeping Don Quixote on my TBR! One of these days!! 4w
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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. 2mo
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! 2mo
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wordslinger42
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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! 😂 2mo
wordslinger42 @TheAromaofBooks 😂 It would probably help! Gone With the Wind is a classic I've always waffled about reading. Is it any good? 2mo
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 2mo
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Amiable
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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
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rockpools 🎉😊📚🎉 - Congratulations @Lcsmcat ! 3mo
mandarchy Din Quixote! That's such a good one. 3mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 3mo
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AmyG Wow! Congrats!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Well done @Lcsmcat ! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
slategreyskies Way to go, Linda!! High five! 🙌 ✨ 3mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉 3mo
Lcsmcat @mandarchy There we‘re certainly parts that I loved, but I don‘t think I‘ll reread it any time soon. 😂 3mo
Mollyanna Congrats @Lcsmcat Nicely done! 🥳🎉🥳 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @Lcsmcat 👏😁 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Lcsmcat !! 🥳🥳 3mo
Smarkies Well done @Lcsmcat ! A book I have been looking to tackle. Which translation did you read? 3mo
Amiable @Smarkies I think she said it was the Grossman translation on Kindle… 3mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous progress @Lcsmcat !!! I've had this one on my shelf foreverrrr 3mo
Lcsmcat @Smarkies Thanks. I read the Edith Grossman translation. 3mo
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Lcsmcat
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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 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕 3mo
MaureenMc 🎉👏🎉 3mo
EvieBee Yay! 3mo
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TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Amiable Yay! Awesome! What was the page count on this one? There are so many editions in Goodreads! 3mo
Lcsmcat @Amiable I read the Grossman translation on Kindle (so page count is , shall we say, flexible?), but Amazon says it‘s 976 pages. 3mo
batsy Woohoo! I too felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished this 😁 3mo
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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! 3mo
Kelly326 Me too!! 3mo
Amiable I can‘t wait to hear what you guys think about it ! 3mo
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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! 👏🙂 3mo
Amiable Ambitious! I eagerly await your review! 3mo
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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 3mo
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! 3mo
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. 3mo
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Minervasbutler
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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. 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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VioletMoonBooks
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Lcsmcat
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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! 👍🏼 4mo
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Auntynanny
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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! 5mo
Lcsmcat Way to go! I‘m at ~ 39%. And I‘m liking the interwoven stories the best. 5mo
batsy @DivineDiana Thank you! 5mo
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batsy @Lcsmcat Those are great fun! Also the bits of literary criticism cropping up in between is rather meta. 5mo
readordierachel That is the coolest cover 5mo
batsy @readordierachel It is very nice! They came out with a small set of books with these textile pattern covers. 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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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. 5mo
Amiable Glad to hear you are enjoying it ! This one is still in my TBR list. 5mo
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. 5mo
Lcsmcat @batsy She is a bit Marina-like! 5mo
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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. 🙂 6mo
BiblioLitten Don Quixote ♥️ 6mo
Ruthiella ALL THE BOOKS #Goals! 😂 6mo
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batsy @BiblioLitten I'm so glad to be finally reading it! 🙂 6mo
batsy @Graywacke @Ruthiella Let's get this going! 😂 6mo
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. 6mo
batsy @Centique Hahahaha! That's the best description I've seen. Hook me up, please 😂😂 5mo
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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! 6mo
batsy I know this is partly also effects of reading a modern translation, but I can't get over how modern this novel feels! 6mo
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. 6mo
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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! 6mo
sisilia I kept giggling when I read DQ 🤣🤣 6mo
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batsy @sisilia I've only just begun but I can see this being the case 😆 6mo
Lesliereads Ow! His brains dried up! 😂 6mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve read the two introductions and Chapter One, and I‘m giggling right along with you! 6mo
batsy @Lesliereads My sinuses kind of hurt when I read that sentence 😆 6mo
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? 6mo
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. 6mo
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 :) 6mo
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. 6mo
batsy @Suet624 You and me both! We just need a noble steed and a squire 😂 6mo
Suet624 @batsy oh! Is that what I need? Hahaha. 6mo
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Michael_Gee
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sleepy.ash87 This is a great cover. I haven't read Don Quixote since high school! Feeling inspired! 8mo
Reggie What perfect timing for you and your mom. 8mo
Reggie Minus the climate implications. Lol 8mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie Reggie!! 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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Michael_Gee
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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. 😆 10mo
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. 10mo
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 😆 10mo
Michael_Gee @MeganAnn oh how fun! I watched Wishbone on YouTube. I‘ve watched a few Goosebumps episodes on Netflix, too. 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#FallTreasures I don't read many books #Over500Pages, but I loved this one!
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheBookHippie One of my favorites. 10mo
curiouserandcurioser @CoffeeNBooks love this book!! 10mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 10mo
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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! 10mo
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! 10mo
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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! 10mo
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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 👍🏻😁 11mo
Michael_Gee @Cathythoughts Thank you! We are on the home stretch. 🎉 11mo
Centique Holy moly that is a HUGE book! 10mo
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landgazr
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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
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Mama, don‘t let your babies grow up to be poets.

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literateBee
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One of my favorites!

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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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. 12mo
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. 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
ravenlee I have tried and failed three times, mostly because of that. 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Maybe this was great in a world before radio & television. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12mo
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Michael_Gee
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Anyone else watch Joe Bob Brigg‘s Last Drive In? A few weeks ago he showed El Dia de la Bestia, a Spanish horror comedy from 1995 in which a priest, in effort to save humanity from the antichrist, sets out to do as much evil as possible. He is assisted by a simple but steadfast record store employee. Joe Bob compared the pair to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza! 🗡🛡

Reggie I only watch the episodes of the movies I‘ve actually watched. My favorite is when they do Hellraiser 2. Makes me remember how much I loved Barker‘s work. 12mo
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Michael_Gee
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I got to talk about Don Q with my Mom in person! It was a nice weekend in Cleveland. DQ is a light read during heavy times, but that may change. The forward by Harold Bloom refers to it often as a “dark” and hilarious but “immensely somber” book and he quotes Nabokov as saying it is “an encyclopedia of cruelty.” Whoa! Haven‘t gotten that from it yet.

LeahBergen Aww! What a great photo. ❤️ 13mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ❤️ 13mo
Michael_Gee Thank you, @Cathythoughts & @LeahBergen ! My brother snuck that one. I love how it‘s framed by all the plants. 💚 13mo
NikkiM5 Lovely photo ❤️ 13mo
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Michael_Gee
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We‘ve finished the 1st book of Don Quixote and gotta say...generally positive, but not overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Yes, it can be very humorous but the meandering minor stories can get tedious. It‘s surprising that the book was “finished” at this point, with the 2nd part not published until 10 years later. Why do we get the incel goatherd right at the end? And where is Dulcinea??

Collage by Joan Hall for the 1987 Book-of-the-Month Book Journal.

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Michael_Gee
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Mom & I are finding this tricky to discuss: it‘s mostly slapstick episodes w/o character development & the plethora of subplots & inserted novels don‘t age particularly well. It isn‘t boring but it‘s not engaging in the usual way.

I‘m having fun spotting Don Q in the wild, though, like in an episode of “The Regular Show” (pictured), or the way Joni Mitchell‘s “For Free” (covered in LDR‘s latest album) is in conversation with Don Luis‘s poem.

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arubabookwoman
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I've been busy. Almost 2 years post-transplant we can have pets again. Meet Dulcinea, aka Dulci. And apparently today is my 3rd Lisyversary. Time flies.

LeahBergen Ohhhhh!! What a darling! 💗💗💗 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 So sweet!!! 1y
CBee How absolutely precious 🥰🥰🥰 1y
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Liz_M Adorable! And a lot of energy, I bet. 😂 1y
Leftcoastzen Awww! Congratulations on all of the things! 1y
TrishB Aww, a great day 👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB Time flies. And what a cute doggie 🐶! 1y
Cathythoughts What a dote 💕 1y
BookwormM Congratulations 🥳 what a cutie 🥰 1y
MsMelissa Is Dulci a miniature schnauzer? 🥰🥰 1y
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 1y
Come-read-with-me What an adorable puppy!!! Is Dulcimer a mini schnauzer? We have two of them! 1y
CarolynM What a sweetie!🐶💕 1y
arubabookwoman Thank you all! @MsMelissa @Come-read-with-me She is a Havanese, a breed from Cuba that nearly went extinct after the 1958 Cuban Revolution, but was saved by Cuban refugees to Florida. We wanted give her a name with Hispanic connotations. Dulce is sweet in Spanish, which led to Dulci, which led to her formal name Dulcinea. Yesterday my sister told me that her daughter's husband's grandmother, who is from Cuba is named Dulcinea. 1y
Come-read-with-me @arubabookwoman She is beautiful! Thanks for the lesson about the breed and the wonderful naming story! 1y
BookNAround What a precious snuggle puppy! 1y
kspenmoll Too cute! 1y
Suet624 Oh my gosh. How sweet. 💕💕💕 1y
ValerieAndBooks So cute 😍 ! 1y
charl08 I'm late to say it but adorable! 1y
vivastory I somehow missed this post. How adorable! I need to get in touch with you regarding the discussion date & questions for NYRB. I'm on GR, but I don't know if you are. Otherwise we can email one another. Let me know! 1y
arubabookwoman @vivastory I'm not on GR. I am on Librarything under same name as here. You can leave a message on my profile page there and we can exchange email addresses. If that doesn't work, I'll try to figure a way to get my email address to you. 1y
vivastory @arubabookwoman Cool. I just posted to your comment wall on Library Thing. 👍 1y
arubabookwoman @vivastory Hi Scott-just left you a message on LT. 1y
vivastory Hey Deborah, I just sent you a message on LT 1y
arubabookwoman @vivastory Hi Scott-Just left msg on LT. 1y
vivastory @arubabookwoman Got it! I just replied 👍 1y
arubabookwoman @vivastory Hi Scott-just left another message on LT. 1y
vivastory @arubabookwoman Thanks. I just replied 1y
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes

Happy were those blessed times that lacked the horrifying fury of the diabolical instruments of artillery, whose inventor, in my opinion, is in hell, receiving the reward for his accursed invention, which allows an ignoble and cowardly hand to [...] cut off and end in an instant the thoughts and life of one who deserved to enjoy many more long years.

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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.
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes

[Quixote‘s] only concern was to move on, following no other path than the one chosen by Rocinante, which tended to be the one the horse could travel most easily, and always imagining that there was bound to be some extraordinary adventure waiting for him in the thickets.

Michael_Gee Also a pretty good description of how to read the book. It‘s not so much a straightforward path but rather a series of episodic events; a rambling quest without a core of reason. To use a word I learned from reading this book: a peregrination. 1y
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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For our February discussion, I picked up a Tempranillo and Manchego cheese.
What slapstick this book is turning out to be! So many vomit/poop jokes. And also some fun word play and a great speech by a shepherdess who just wants to be left alone in nature: “I am a distant fire and a far-off sword.”

Cathythoughts Love your wine & cheese choices 👌🏻 book is long though 😁enjoy 1y
jen_hayes7 Tempranillo. 🤤 1y
Michael_Gee @Cathythoughts It sure is! We‘re giving ourselves the whole year to read it. 😁 1y
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Michael_Gee
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Talked with my mom today about our January portion of Don Quixote. We‘re both enjoying the surprisingly contemporary humor and Mom‘s finding herself identifying with Don Q. Tonight I tried my hand at a paella and my partner and I listened to a Spanish guitar playlist on Spotify. ☺️

Reggie How nice! 1y
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Michael_Gee
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Well, hm. What do I do now? 🤔

batsy Awww! 😆 1y
Reggie 😆 1y
Cathythoughts Oh the little pet 💕 1y
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