An invitation to read-a-long with me
There’s a classic novel waiting for me to get past the first 50 pages. It’s Miguel de Cervantes’ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Edith Grossman’s translation). I bought the book a long time ago, it was the size of a large brick, impossible to carry around. At one stage I thought I’d break the book up into manageable sections, yes that’s right I was contemplating physically breaking the book apart, but I didn’t, I left it unfinished and gave up. Now, technology has changed and I have the ebook on my Kindle, I’m ready to go. So why the challenge? I’m stuck.
Some days ago I enthusiastically read through Harold Bloom’s introduction. Then I read through Senor Cervantes’ Preface. I contemplated how I felt a sense of history the first time I started the book, knowing the words were written over 400 years ago. Then I came to the first page of chapter one – poetry – and that’s where I stopped. Yes, I’m stuck but as someone once said, I’m not a tree, so I can’t be stuck.
Hence the challenge. I needed some like minded people to read-a-long with me, so I can get past the barrier between classic-avoidance and one of the best and most important novels ever written (or so many many knowledgeable people say).
I want to travel along with the Don and learn what makes him and his side-kick so great and maybe pick-up some wise pointers. Join me in my journey along with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
The challenge is to read Don Quixote between 1st February and 30th November 2013 and write at least one comment, here at Artuccino, about your journey.