Twig (plantgirl) wrote in stackofbooks,

Don Quixote?


Who has read Don Quixote?

I've made it through the first 18 chapters. There have been funny scenes & some great lines. Unfortunately I've only read 142 out of 1000+ pages & the book is already feeling forced. So I am wondering how much more I am going to have to endure of the rather obvious set-ups & (to me) embarrassing humor. (It went from funny to embarrassing about 2 beatings ago - apparently I have a low tolerance for "let's set up the delusional guy to do stupid things & get whomped for it.")

I'm trying to remind myself that it's a satire. If I understand the history correctly it's the earliest published mockery of the romantic action hero. I want to read it. It's a classic. It's one of the foundations of literature & had a huge impact on culture & language.

Do I keep going?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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