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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Mar 26, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: classics, bepretentious, detailed-review

Here's a riddle: how do you make a tale of a knight and his squire riding across the lands and battling foes (even if imaginary) boring?

You make it into a rant against the modern (modern at the time of Cervantes writing this, anyway) style of gallant knight stories! Yes, correct, this book is a satire, but it's neither funny nor entertaining nor particularly illuminating.

Modern adaptations play up the, well, the quixotic aspects - the adventures of a crazed old man who finds life so... unappetizing that he decides to layer his own fantastic reality upon it. Those parts are good. All the unnecessary contextual exploration... Do you really need to overanalyze every little tiny social detail and norm?

Then again... maybe I just read a poor translation.

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