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Far more readable than I ever imagined
on 11 April 2014
Despite seeing Don Quixote on pretty-much any list of the 100 best ever novels, I'd always been daunted by the size of the tome on our bookshelf and the fact that, even in translation, the language and style made it difficult to get started. Somehow, the Kindle format makes the book more approachable, perhaps becasue the reader is unaware of the bulk other than via the % indicator.I really have found it worth the effort. Once you get used to the style, the content is wonderfully entertaining, observations timeless and perceptive and sections are genuinely funny (in many ways, its qualities reminds me of Shakespeare's work). Some surprises are the level of violence that was clearly meant as amusing (ear lopped off, teeth knocked out, people run through with a lance - puts David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino in context, I guess) and the occasional rude/bawdy humour (e.g. Sancho Panza attempting to defecate without letting Don Q know whilst sitting next to him. Why not 5*? - Some parts do drag on a bit (e.g. the burning of the chivalric romances) and some of the humour hasn't necessarily stood the test of time.