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    Woo - tough question. There is a chapter in the...

    Woo - tough question. There is a chapter in the book where the Voyager goes to Port Coriol for supplies and and a little R&R. Once there it sort of had the feel of the bar scene in the first Star...
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    Iíve been having much fun reading this book so far. Itís a first novel by a young writer who originally self- published it. When I read sci-fi, more than probably any other genre, I just let go of...
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    Sounds like great fun, Danik. Iím gonna have to read it now. Also I kinda feel like I should read Thomas Maloryís Le Morte díArthur. Iíve read a few stories in it but havenít read it cover to cover....
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    Warning! Spoiler Alert!

    Indeed, Danik, and he doesnít just want to delineate the differences between the real and the false Quixote, he wants to prevent anybody from creating any more false Quixotes. So I guess this post...
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    Cervantes doesnít pass up too many opportunities to take a pot-shot at the fake Quixote. In fact when The Don and Sancho are on the road to Zaragoza they meet a fellow traveler who is reading the...
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    Be careful what you wish for ó you just may get it. Since Sancho is so fond of explaining the world with his proverbs, I thought Iíd toss one back at him.

    In Chapter XLV of Part II Sancho finally...
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    Thanks Danik, and thanks for reading along on...

    Thanks Danik, and thanks for reading along on this adventure. It has truly helped.

    I must say, I’ve enjoyed immensely this time through Don Quixote. Edith Grossman’s translation reads much...
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    I havenít quite figured out if the duke and the duchess are just having a little fun at the expense of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, or if they are genuinely interested in the knight and his squire,...
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    Hahaha I googled “Moby Dick sucks,” and I gotta...

    Hahaha
    I googled “Moby Dick sucks,” and I gotta say, they didn’t come up with anything that was literary at all. (I clicked on it anyway)
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    Hah! Door stopper is a good description. But I actually enjoyed even the most tedious parts of Moby Dick. I liked the details about whaling and I loved his depictions of 19th century sailor talk.
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    No worries, Danik. Iíve been operating in fits and starts this past month or so with a crazy-weird work schedule. I never quite know when Iíll have time to read or to visit this website. That said,...
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    The Wedding Trick

    Ya know, Danik, Cervantes never disappoints. He plays around with just those ideas in the section I just finished. I wonder if he lost some of his readership when he published Part II. The writing,...
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    The two main characters were Lloyd Christmas and...

    The two main characters were Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Sounds like the Portuguese version was quite clever in naming the movie. The comparison to Don Quixote is not perfect. Lloyd and Harry...
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    Yep, Dumb and Dumber is another of those movies...

    Yep, Dumb and Dumber is another of those movies that men of a certain age can quote chapter and verse. Itís low-brow entertainment, but oh man, is it funny. I seem to keep coming up with contemporary...
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    Well, El Don Quixote is having splendid success...

    Well, El Don Quixote is having splendid success on his third sally. He soundly defeats another knight errant, who turns out to be the bachelor. (The bachelor was sent by the priest and the barber to...
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    Oh, Iím pretty sure Cide and Cid Iíd not an accident on Cervantes part.

    Iím finding that as I read along I keep making obscure connections between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza and other dynamic...
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    I’m afraid I don’t know much about El Cid, but he...

    I’m afraid I don’t know much about El Cid, but he was a real person, unlike Don Quixote. As far as I can tell he was quite the tough guy (possibly more of a mercenary) who lived during the High...
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    El Cide?

    Most of the tales of chivalry that Don Quixote has read and which have driven him to seek adventure as a knight errant are couched as true history. Whether as an ancient history that was found by a...
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    Until you just told me about it, Danik, I was...

    Until you just told me about it, Danik, I was unaware of Cervantesí El coloquio de los perros. Iím only guessing, but Iíd say Cervantes was an animal lover. I say this primarily because of his...
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    Iím not a particularly fast reader. I just found myself on a couple of long airplane trips with nothing much else to do except read, and since I didnít have my Spanish version of the book, I burned...
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    The Captive

    After the stories of Marcela (no means no), Dorotea (you make a promise, mister, you better keep it!) Luscinda (I donít care who Iím supposed to marry, Iím holding out for my true lover-boy), and...
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    Forlorn Lovers

    Dorotea certainly cuts a wide swath in part one. In fact, it seems to me, Cervantes takes pleasure in upending the gender norms of the day, not to mention the gender norms of the chivalric tradition....
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    Yep, he lost part of his ear to The Basque and...

    Yep, he lost part of his ear to The Basque and later lost a number of teeth when he was attacked by sheep herders. (He’d imagined the two herds of sheep were armies attacking each other and wasted no...
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    Very true, Danik. I liked the scene where they...

    Very true, Danik. I liked the scene where they are outside after the skirmish with the Basque. Our brave knight, if you remember, lost half his ear to the sword of the Basque. He insisted to Sancho...
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    Indeed, there is no Don Quixote without Miguel...

    Indeed, there is no Don Quixote without Miguel Cervantes. He knew his subject well. On the topic of the Galley Slaves, he seemed very in tune with how incarcerated men act. Which is to say, a man in...
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