Don Quixote Chapter-a-Day Read-along Day 1: Prologue and Poetry #quixotereadalong

 

Since I am a part of the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along, I started reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, which is 134 chapters; to keep the exact successive days, One Catholic Life counted the prologue to Part 1 as a chapter (and will do so again at the beginning of Part 2), thus the actual narrative starts January 2.

Don Quixote by Miguel de CervantesDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is a story of a man who has become so fascinated by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray–he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants–Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, “just as some people read the Bible.” (Goodreads)

Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes

Thus being as dreamy as the Don, I have lost my sense to the humour of Miguel de Cervantes. The fact of experiencing glee from a classic novel is merely new. Experiencing the fanciful poems by fictional characters, which they wrote for a fictional character, is a joyful occasion; because I have always dreamt what shall my favourite characters think of my acts. Will they speak of my chivalry and pride? or will they mock my childish acts? Thus a story about following the steps of glory as your heroes will consistently be close to my core existence.

Yet within the Prologue de Cervantes reflected his fears of not bringing a realistic or a philosophic story of great citations and references. He asked the reader to be gentle and to appreciate his work. Hence the wonderful time I took to reach Ch.3 (I have lost myself in his words). Though, I will respect the reading timetable and spread my word and reviews as they were already planned.

To stay on track with the chapter-a-day schedule, be sure to download the Chapter a Day Reading Schedule

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