Thoughts on 2 Books #10

Holy crap, y’all!  I just browsed through my Goodreads “My Books” section and realized I’ve posted thoughts on 17 books there without also sharing them here.  17!  Shameful!  I deserve a kick in the pants for such a lapse.

I was already planning to squeeze in a couple of posts this week, but this delightful discovery supplies me with ample ammunition for at least a couple weeks’ worth of new material for your reading pleasure!

I already posted these reviews on Goodreads.  If y’all’re interested in reading either of the synopses, click the linked title below the image of the book’s cover.  And if you’ve read either of these books, I’d love to hear what you think in my Comments section.  You know, way down yonder at the bottom.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, translated from Spanish by John Rutherford.  I rated it 4 stars, “really liked it” on Goodreads & shelved it there as classics, fiction, literary, novel.

I don’t know how I managed to avoid reading Don Quixote ’til my 49th year, but it was well worth the wait. I laughed on every page and cried almost as often. A hilarious, absurd send-up of the chivalric novel genre. There’s a reason this masterpiece has endured for over 400 years.  If you haven’t read it yet, please do.  If you’re not averse to cuddling with a 1,000-page masterpiece, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Quichotte

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie.  I rated it 4 stars, “really liked it”, on Goodreads and shelved it there as favorites, fiction, literary, magical realism, & novel.

Quichotte is the first (and to date only) Goodreads Giveaway that I entered and won. There aren’t too many authors more suited to my literary tastes who would’ve made a better first win, and Rushdie doesn’t disappoint. He’s long been one of my favorites, and he’s at the top of his game here. I don’t know how many authors writing today have the gumption to tackle a classic that looms as large in the Western Canon as Don Quixote does. Rushdie is one of the few who could take it on an succeed as well as he has.

While Quichotte isn’t quite as hilarious as Don Quixote is, it’s classic Rushdie, a bundle of story within story within story. It’s full of realistic, relatable characters and spot-on settings, and it gets to the heart of its characters’ desires as well as the absurdity of our modern world. This is one I would’ve paid money to own, but winning a freebie makes it that much sweeter.

Have y’all read Don Quixote or Quichotte?  What did you think about them? Did Rushdie do the Don justice, or do you prefer the original?

Thanks for stopping by & especially for reaching out.  Take care, be well, & happy blogging!

Love,

Denny♥

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts on 2 Books #10

  1. I really didn’t enjoy Don Quixote. I love silly but not silly like Four Lions which the humour in this book is akin to. I prefer silly along the lines of Impractical Jokers and Diary of a Wimpy Kid – with a sense of realism.

    I’ve seen Quichotte floating around in digital places, but for some reason it didn’t quite connect that it had anything to do with Don Quixote. Talk about being a slow learner. I’m yet to read a Salman Rushdie novel, but that has to change one day because I love books that contain stories within stories, it just makes me feel like I’m on an adventure.

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    1. I hope you do read some Rushdie someday, Sophia, he’s a masterful storyteller. My favorite of his is The Satanic Verses, but given that it earned Rushdie a fatwa, I wonder what you think about it. As a Muslim, are you willing and able to read it, or is that something you can’t even consider?

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      1. I had a friend in university, she’s Muslim too, who really wanted to read The Satanic Verses, though I’m not sure if she did go ahead and do so. To be honest, even if there wasn’t a fatwa, I’m sorry to report that I’m an absolute coward when it comes to horror, so I’d be refraining whichever way. Though, I’m not completely sure what it’s about, so I’d really appreciate it if you could tell me a little more about it. But Midnight’s Children is a definite must read for me, it’s just one of those books you just know will be atmospheric and evocative.

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      2. Hi Sophia, I hope you’re doing well & staying safe & sane these crazy days. The Satanic Verses isn’t horror. It’s magical realism and a literary classic. Here’s what I wrote about it on Goodreads:

        The Satanic Verses is a Great Book, and I loved it. Yes it’s a little dense and I’m sure I missed plenty of cultural references, but Rushdie’s masterful handling of literature’s great themes makes it an extraordinary tale. Although the book is set in late-1980s London & India and was published in 1988, a surprisingly similar version of the cultural & political upheaval it documents as occurring then & there is right now, 30 years later, raging here in the USA and across Europe. The Satanic Verses is a timeless classic, and I want a hardcover copy for my bookshelf. Santa, are you listening?

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      3. Hi Denny! I hope you’re well too. Over here, on this side of the sea, we reference “these crazy days” in less polite terms!

        I hope Santa is able to purchase you a copy soon, maybe even nudge Santa to take a peek at your comment? I absolutely love books set in India. India has such a rich history, it’s a real shame. I think I might ask my cousin, who’s pretty pious, on whether it should be read. But I think his brother, who’s also pious, but fairly rebellious, would probably recommend reading it just for the experience. Though to be fair… he is a little mad, but I love him for it.

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