A cold pudding of a book, a persistent snore in the next room... only the infrequent snatches of heavenly intonations redeem it from utter insipidity. I know I am going to be excommunicated for this pronouncement.
*ahem* Cheers [a:Nabokov|5152|Vladimir Nabokov|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1188830569p2/5152.jpg] for your totally unrelated opinion of [b:Finnegans Wake|11013|Finnegans Wake|James Joyce|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1336408055s/11013.jpg|322098], I've sure got some mileage out of that quote!
On the back cover it starts off by saying "A highly entertaining comic novel, Don Quixote was published in two parts in 1605 and 1615."
Pretty sure what they meant was "A highly entertaining comic novel in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote was published in two parts."
(Enter the last 400 years.)
There's a wonderful list of works influenced by Don Quixote here
, and a perfunctory glance reveals the fantastic jumping off points of [b:Madame Bovary|2175|Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1335676143s/2175.jpg|2766347], [b:The Idiot|12505|The Idiot|Fyodor Dostoyevsky|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327865902s/12505.jpg|6552198], whatever [a:Rushdie|3299|Salman Rushdie|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1345771006p2/3299.jpg]'s claiming is influenced by something pretentious rather than what appears to be characters shouting at the reader "Look at what I read!" like manchildren, and many more!
So please don't think I'm not thankful for Quixote, I'm just also thankful that I don't have to read it again.