ShelfActualization ‘blogger emeritus’ Tucker McCann and I will be embarking on a journey through one of the undisputed masterpieces of literature over the next few weeks. You are invited to join in the fun, of course.
Arguably the first modern novel, (and still the best, according to some) Don Quixote is a founding work of western literature and has influenced countless other books, from Flaubert’s Madame Bovary to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot . You can find shades of Cervantes’ Knight-Errant in characters as diverse as Melville’s Captain Ahab and Jane Austen’s Catherine Morland.
Now, I’m naturally daunted by any book as thick as my forearm, but I had a goal to tackle one of literature’s “big boys” this year, and it might as well be “the Quixote.”
Any other takers?