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Don Quixote - Session 6 (Second Part - check back for details)

Deep Reads (Literature)
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Jan 28 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Over the next few months we'll read and discuss Don Quixote. We will break up to about 150 pages a month but check back for more details.

I will be reading the Grossman translation get your copy here: https://amzn.to/2IZ441l (and I will get a few pennies to support the meet up)

But please choose whichever version you like. Reviews of the 18+ translations can be found here https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2008/septemberoctober/feature/one-master-many-cervantes and herehttp://miscellanynews.org/2018/05/02/arts/translations-of-don-quixote-prove-accessible-unique/

Don Quixote de la Mancha is a book for all seasons: esteemed, even venerated by millions, but, maddening in its length and contradictions, a constant target of attacks. The opinions it has generated throughout history are plentiful.

- Lord Byron believed Cervantes had smiled Spains chivalry away.
- Art critic John Ruskin perceived the novel as a deadly work.
- Czech writer Milan Kundera maintains that Cervantes is the founder of the Modern Era and that the novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes.
- The German cultural critic Walter Benjamin infers that Don Quixote, the man with a single conviction . . . , teaches us that in this, the best or worst of all conceivable worlds (except that this world is inconceivable), the conviction that stories of chivalry are true can make a whipped fool happy, if it is his only conviction.
- Lionel Trilling convincingly asserted that it can be said that all prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote.
- Vladimir Nabokov, with typical fastidiousness, squabbled that seldom has an author been as cruel to his character, although he also recommended that we do our best to avoid the fatal error of looking for so-called real life in novels.

Nabokov added: Let us not try and reconcile the fiction of facts with the facts of fiction. Don Quixote is a fairy tale, so is Bleak House, so is Dead Souls. Madame Bovary and Anna Karenin are supreme fairy tales. But without these fairy tales the world would not be real.

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Don Quixote - Session 7 (Second Part - check back for details)

Don Quixote - Session 7 (Second Part - check back for details)

Feb 25 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Over the next few months we'll read and discuss Don Quixote. We will break up to about 150 pages a month but check back for more details. I will be reading the Grossman translation get your copy…