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  • Title: Tilting at Windmills: A Novel of Cervantes and the Errant Knight
  • Author: Julian Branston
  • ISBN: 9781400049288
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In seventeenth century Valladolid, Spain s new capital, Miguel Cervantes is busy writing his comic masterpiece, Don Quixote, which is being issued in installments It is quickly making him the most popular author in the country, when three potential disasters strike Cervantes discovers that there is a real Don Quixote, just like the character he thought he d invented a jIn seventeenth century Valladolid, Spain s new capital, Miguel Cervantes is busy writing his comic masterpiece, Don Quixote, which is being issued in installments It is quickly making him the most popular author in the country, when three potential disasters strike Cervantes discovers that there is a real Don Quixote, just like the character he thought he d invented a jealous poet concocts a scheme involving one of the novel s other characters to make Cervantes a laughingstock and Cervantes falls in love with a beautiful, widowed, but un available duchess Many duels, misunderstandings, politicking, and betrayals later, Don Quixote himself comes to Cervantes rescue.This sparkling tale of crazed knights, thwarted love, and literary rivalry is set against the back ground of a mighty empire suffering from a century of reckless wars and a ruling hierarchy stultified by patronage and ritual Peopled with an engagingly idiosyncratic cast that ranges from a Machiavellian duke to a misanthropic poacher, this charming story is imbued with the spirit, verve, and humor of the great novel to which it pays playful tribute Tilting at Windmills is a dazzling evocation of Cervantes life and times, and a brilliant weave of fact, fiction, and farce.From the Hardcover edition.
    Tilting at Windmills A Novel of Cervantes and the Errant Knight In seventeenth century Valladolid Spain s new capital Miguel Cervantes is busy writing his comic masterpiece Don Quixote which is being issued in installments It is quickly making him the most pop

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    1. How much time do you need This year marks the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote, and you still haven t read it Harold Bloom is shaking his hoary head Where shall wisdom be found, indeed And don t even bother trying to hum The Impossible Dream A few diverting hours with Man of La Mancha are no substitute for working through 1,000 pages of the world s first novel.But nagging guilt is a poor motivator for reading or you d have finished Ron Chernow s Hamilton by now So here s something to tempt you [...]

    2. This is an inventive and well written homage to that pillar of Western literature, Don Quixote Julian Branston s premise is that the famous knight errant actually exists He has great fun with the political implications of poetry in seventeenth century Spain, and the story takes on shades of Amadeus when he makes a Cervantian rival the villain of the plot I looked in vain for the foul mouthed Iberian babes singled out by a reviewer from Britain s Guardian newspaper While a pair of beautiful Spani [...]

    3. This took me oddly long to read It s quite dense It wasn t quite as full of hijinks as I d expected, really, given that the summary is that Don Quixote was a real character who Cervantes met and who got involved in his life But it s enjoyable, in any case Cervantes as characterised here is likeable and fun Ongorra is comically villainous And the old Knight is quite batty and yet also noble, particularly in light of his back story Cervantes family made me laugh a little, though they re so tumultu [...]

    4. Full of wit, easy to read and yet retaining a high brow aire, The Eternal Quest was a book which I enjoyed and with each turn of the page Having never read Don Quixote, I don t know how much of its interest came from the original tale, but it certainly held echoes of a romantic and chivalrous era.

    5. A charming, amusing book The main character is Miguel Cervantes at the time he was writing publishing serially Don Quixote A mad old soldier much like Quixote is another character in what is really a parallel story The book, an homage to Cervantes Don Quixote, addresses many of the same issues as the original, but still manages to be delightfully original itself.

    6. So here s something totempt you toward this intimidating classic of Spanish literature a debut novel called Tilting At Windmills that reimagines MiguelCervantes and Don Quixote as friends in a beguiling blend of biographyand fiction.

    7. This book really deserved 3 stars.but I really enjoyed it so I gave it 4 It s not a great book, but it s cute, smart, funny and well written It made me laugh and I enjoyed getting to know the different characters.

    8. I just started this book and am enjoying it It is Don Quixote told from an observer s point of view the man who publishes the installments by Cervantes Quixote is delightful.

    9. As a huge fan of Cervantes, I had my doubts about this one But I enjoyed it and found it entertaining It is worth reading just to see Cervantes meet his knight errant.

    10. A wonderful world of imaginative interpretation Slow to get started but worth it in the end A great view of early 17th century Spanish life This one s a keeper.

    11. Having seen both the musical Man of La Mancha Linfield College and Don Quixote Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the past year, this sounds interesting.

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