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Don Quixote's Delusions

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When in 1987 Miranda France spent a year living in Madrid, the post-dictatorship ebullience was at its height - pornography and soft drugs were legalized alongside more basic freedoms, such as divorce, party-affiliation and kissing in the street. In 1999 she returns to make a journey through the great cities and towns of central Spain Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published September 5th 2002 by Phoenix (first published August 5th 2002)
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A perceptive and witty take on Cervantes / Quijote and turn-of-the-century Spaniards.
Ashley Lauren
I love Spain and it's an interesting way to read a book. I imagine this was someone's thesis, to be honest. Not awful but not a memoir I would recommend.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very few travel books, or tales of life in other cultures, can sustain themselves or the reader's interest based solely on the authors observations and reflections. To my mind - at least - a memorable book about 'foreign parts' is a story about a journey to (or from) something, be it a place or a thing or a hope or a memory, and the reader participates with both the author's outer and inner journeys. Twin journeys of the road, and of the soul, as it were.

So Miranda France's story of Spain and Do
David Kamioner
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! She is about as accurate as i have ever read on the Spanish character and on the history of the country. growing up Latin in South Florida, her characters resonated with me as my relatives and friends. and as much in my later years as i became a roaring anglophile, the pull of my blood has never abated. thus, a clever englishwoman who understands Latin males is rarity and a joy to read. well done Miranda!
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spain, memoir
The author writes well. A good mix of personal history, Cervantes, and travel in Spain. About half way through I began to think that I liked the book but not the author as she sounded a bit superior - but she won me over. And I really wonder now whether I have ever read Don Quixote If I did it was a long time ago and this has made me interested.
Donna Boultwood
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must read Don Quixote again it's been a while! Great mix of Spanish anecdotes and how to interpret DQ.
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Mooie combinatie van reisverhalen uit Spanje en een analyse van het verhaal over Don Quijote.
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Miranda France is an award winning writer and translator. SHe has written two highly acclaimed travel books, Bad Times in Buenos Aires and Don Quixote's Delusions. France has won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She has translated Argentine writers including Alberto Manguel, Claudia Piñeiro and Liliana Heker. She grew up on a farm, not unl ...more

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