I'm halfway through the antics of Don Quixote. This spine-cracking reading is once again part of the readalong over at Winstonsdad's Blog by Stu, who I want to thank here as I just won a book giveaway from him! Gracias, Stu!
I'm still catching on. It's Week 6 and I'm supposed to cover up to page 600 (I'm reading a hundred pages a week in my Penguin edition/Rutherford translation). As if reading my mind, Stu just declared a cease-read; the reprieve is to last for another week. However, I have an unexpected travel to Manila and so I'm still stuck at the end of Part I (page 479). I still hope to make some progress over the weekend.
The first part of this prancing, entrancing novel ended with more extravagant exuberant excursuses (say that word 20 times) for our ingenious knight. Not least of our hidalgo's glorious adventures is his own caging, like an animal. Talk about irreparable book-madness. Despite his involuntary confinement, it's quite heroic how Don Q still retained his errant spirit. He's still in fighting form against all the elements that conspire to defeat him. It seems like the whole of first part, not only those curious events set in the castle, is enchanting and enchanted.
I found another article on the translations of this "sloppiest" of masterpieces: "Don of a new era" by Ian Garrick Mason. After four centuries, the new era is still smirking in delight.