Sunday, December 27, 2009

Don Quixote is on Bed Rest

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!)

4 comments:

  1. It took me ages to finish that one (strange, because I'm usually a fast reader). I did notice that I could only take it one chapter at a time and then I had to let it rest.

    I didn't read both halves :p Just the "first book." I figure some year in the future I'll tackle book two.

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  2. Thanks Margarete--I DO feel better today!

    I intend to read both halves of the book. I do. I really do. I refuse to move forward until I have tackled this monstrosity.

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  3. Keep up the good work! Reading Don Quixote IS work! I didn't even make it through chapter 1 before I had to return it to the library... :)
    Lee (from the WTMboard)

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