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  •  So much to say about Don Quixote. (12+ / 0-)

    (For starters, remember Cyrano? "Have you read Don Quixote?" "Yes, and I found myself to be the hero.")

    I'll briefly mention a few things, otherwise I'd write for hours
    about this subject.

    I think about Quixote and Cervantes periodically throughout my life. As I've gotten older, I remember the notion that Quixote should be read in youth, in middle age, and in old age, for the book will mean different things in all those stages. So true.  As we get older, there is a sense that the book grows more profound and more tragic, the way much of our life seems to be. Cervantes knew this.

    When I was a college student I was so taken by it that I dreamed about it becoming an opera or (God forbid, I shared with a friend) a musical. But I loved the old musicals at the time and I thought it could work. This was
    many years before Man of La Mancha. My friend at the time said, "A musical about Don Quixote? Ha.!!"

    I even quote the opening of the book to myself, idly, for no reason sometimes while I'm in my garden. It's very odd:
    "En un lugar de La Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivia un hidalgo...."
    This is from memory.

    Just a few notions to show how what a stamp the book made on my psyche when I was a college kid and beyond.
    Thanks for this. And one more thing:

    "Patience. And shuffle the cards."

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 07:59:20 AM PDT

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