Monday, October 29, 2012

On to the next doorstop

It seems ages ago since I last read a contemporary novel, and, for some reason, I'm not missing it. After reading Anna Karenina and really enjoying the experience, I'm still up for reading the classics.

Recently, I bought my first Dickens novel, Our Mutual Friend. It's a doorstop at 900+ pages. Why this particular Dickens, you may ask, and not his famous David Copperfield or even Bleak House, which most people consider his best work? Well, I was intrigued by the back cover summary, which tells of a dark and corrupt London.

But what I'm more excited to read is Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote. I'm still a few pages in the book and I still can't form an opinion about it yet. Harold Bloom's brilliant introduction though is worth the price of this book. (Yes, I read everything from cover to cover, beginning with the copyright page till the end notes.)

Yes, I'll read this, all 936 pages of this.

So bring on the adventures of the knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Let's see if I'll enjoy your company for a few days.


Jinky said...

Don Quixote is one I WILL read before I die!!! :D

Happy reading! Looking forward to your review of it.

Peter S. said...

Hi, Jinky! Thanks! I will!

Ryan said...

I have that translation of Don Quixote waiting patiently for me to pick it up. I think I'm saving it for next year.

Peter S. said...

Hi, Ryan! I do want to hear your thoughts about this book. I hope you get to read it soon!

Anonymous said...

I believe this is a must-read for every reader. It's a real enduring classic. I have yet to get my copy, and your lovely edition makes me salivate!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Angus! Yes, this is a must-read! It's quite funny actually, in that slapstick sort of way.