Friday, January 22, 2016
Reader's Diary #1248: Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
I wish I could say the same about Don Quixote. But, when the last chapter came around and it was titled, "On How Don Quixote Fell Sick, And of the Will He Made, And How He Died" I read it with relief. I've been picking away at this clunker for over a year. Thick as it was, that was still on the slow side, I admit, but there were periods when I just couldn't bear to pick it up as I'd grown so bored.
I do, however, remember at the very beginning thinking of how much I'd enjoy it. It started off funny, meta, and I started to think there could be a very interesting point to discover: are we all living naively like Don Quixote, convinced our lives have purpose when they don't? Is Don Quixote like an author, and us readers like Sancho?
Whatever the point was, it was lost in the details of a gazillion pages.
On the plus side, I do want to visit Spain now!