The holidays and illness have knocked me off the noble steed that was carrying me into the world of Don Quixote de La Mancha. I am ashamed to admit that I am not much further along than when I previously posted. There are a few quiet days ahead of me here without many commitments. I'm sure my friend Heather who agreed to read and discuss the book with me as a "reading partner" is going to find me a bit of a ball and chain in the undertaking. Nevertheless...I post my confession and will get back to it.
I have to say, though, that I think that SWB makes this the first undertaking in her book The Well Educated Mind not so much for the value of the novel, but to test the mettle of the readers who take her challenge to become the autodidacts they claim they want to be. I won't let you down, Susan! I am up to the task (or will be as soon as my head clears from this cold!)