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I saw Lost in La Mancha. It has Johnny Depp in it, so of course, I've seen it. Parts of it are very funny.

Dorothy W.

I'm reading Don Quixote in the same way -- bits and pieces here and there -- and I'm wondering if I'm missing something by reading it that way. I mean, I'm enjoying it, but I wonder if I'm not focusing on it like I could. But I really don't think there's a wrong way to read a book -- there are benefits to reading it in small chunks -- like not getting overwhelmed by it.


Correct me if I am wrong but isn't Don Quixote rather episodic in structure? In which case, perhaps it isn't your reading process that is at fault, but your expectation of the text's flow?


Adrienne--I really (ahem) like Johnny Depp as well, but I had no idea about this movie. I am looking forward to watching it. I wonder if it gives away the ending of DQ? But does it matter?
Dorothy--I was able to totally concentrate on War and Peace and read 50 or more pages a day, but for some reason I totally can't imagine myself doing that for DQ. I am happy just to have stuck it out this well for this long. And I am enjoying it--I probably worry too much about finding all of life's answers (or something) from a book, that I should be getting from DQ. If that makes any sense. This seems like such an iconic book, I feel like I should be doing something special--but it is a book--so surely Cervantes set out to entertain as much as anything?
Jill--It is very episodic. I think I worry too much about certain books. I am actually very much enjoying the story, though, no matter how crazy or silly or meandering it is!


Hello!I should've left my this comment on yesterday's your blog, but my kids kept me busy yesterday! Sorry!

I introduce you some books written by Japanese authors. I wish I could tell you more, but many of them haven't translated into English yet!

Yukio Mishima; He is my favourite authors! I suppose you know his name. "The Temple of the Golden Pavillion" is best for me, but some of my friends said, "it makes us tired." Let me know what you think of it when you are done. His other books are excellent as well.

Osamu Dazai; Also I love his books, especially, "No Longer Human" and "The Setting Sun." I suppose these are his autobiograhies. He reminds me Albert Camus.

Haruki Murakami; Two authors I mentioned above are dead already, but Haruki Murakami is alive! "Norwegian Wood" is very famous for foreigners. Actually, when I read it, I was too young, so I have to reread it someday.He is also a translator from English to Japanese.

I wanted to link each book, but I don't know how, sorry. (The address of is too long, so that's why I didn't want to copy it on this.)But you can find the books on Amazon com. I will introduce more books later.

I've been accepted the Univ. of Illinois online English degree program, and the first class will begin on August 26th. I am very excited, but before I was pregnant for the second boy, I applied. So I am very happy for being accepted, but I have to think how to manage my time...


I watched Lost in La Mancha and found it entertaining, but it left me glad that Gilliam didn't get to finish it. As much as I long for a great Don Quixote film, Gilliam was going to play with the story too much for my tastes.

I love Gilliam's Brazil and The Fisher King, but don't mess with the Knight of the Sorrowful Face!


I've seen Lost in La Mancha and enjoyed it. Like Nick I am sort of glad Gilliam didn't finish it, but I also wish he had because the actor they got to play DQ was so perfect.


I put book darts in passages of books that I am reading. I later go back and re read the darted sections.

There is no wrong or right way to read.

Go with the flow.


That's sort of how I'm reading DQ although in lots of little spurts so I'm still very behind. I flag pages that I might want to re-read later but am not taking any notes. Oddly enough I feel like the story is still very present. If I was doing this with another book I would probably not remember as much or I might even lose interest.


I feel the same "void" when I finished a chunkster like DQ. My copy of Brothers Karamazov has shown serious wear after this read, but it survived all the bumping around in my messenger bag.


I haven't managed to get my hands on a copy of this film, but I've been dying to see it.


Masayo--Thanks so much for the list!! I am in the mood to read some Japanese literature after finishing the NF book I mentioned earlier this week. I am familiar with Mishima and Murakami (though have never read their work), but not Dazai. I will have to pick one of their books to read soon! Congrats on getting into the U. of Illinois english degree program. Hopefully your load won't be too bad and you can manage with the children! You'll have to tell me how it goes!
Nick--I didn't even realize anyone had tried to make a movie of it. I can't imagine how it would be done--there's too much to the story--so I understand your feelings about being happy it was never made.
Stefanie--I am looking forward to watching it. I am curious to see what their DQ looks like.
Isabel--I have those book darts and also those flags that are post it notes. I use them sometimes, but they never seem to be handy when I want one. I need to use them more--for certain books at least.
Iliana--It does seem easy to pick up and get back into the thread of the story--it helps that the chapters are almost stories all their own.
Matt--There are some books you sort of live with so long that it is weird to finish them. I like the lived in look my copy is getting actually.
Isabella--I'm very surprised to have spotted it at my library. Usually there isn't much of a selection and they are always checked out, so I never quite know what they have or what to look for. It does look very interesting! I hope you manage to find a copy.


I'm in a Don Quixote and the Modern World seminar class at Grinnell College and all of our copies got beat up easily. It was incredible how easily the front covers threatened to come off. Maybe the publishing company should consider a more solid cover for a book that long and intense. Readers are likely to try and "get comfortable" with a book like that and that sometimes includes bending the cover back, etc. and the general long time it takes to read it, means the cover is constantly being maneuvered. We had quite a few covers that just fell right off. It took us a little less than a semester to read it. and we ended up having the absolute BEST time discussion all the myriads of interpretations for the myriads of episodes.

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