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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 uixote which is being issued in installments It is uickly making him the most popular author in the country when three potential disasters strike Cervantes discovers that there is a real Don uixote just like the character he thought he’d invented; a jealous poet concocts a scheme involving one of the no A charming amusing book The main character is Miguel Cervantes at the time he was writing publishing serially Don uixote A mad old soldier much like uixote is another character in what is really a parallel story The book an homage to Cervantes Don uixote addresses many of the same issues as the original but still manages to be delightfully original itself

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Ng 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 editio Full of wit easy to read and yet retaining a high brow aire The Eternal uest was a book which I enjoyed and with each turn of the page Having never read Don uixote 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

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Vel’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 uixote himself comes to Cervantes’ rescueThis 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 ruli This took me oddly long to read It s uite dense It wasn t uite as full of hijinks as I d expected really given that the summary is that Don uixote 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 uite batty and yet also noble particularly in light of his back story Cervantes family made me laugh a little though they re so tumultuous that really there s only an impression of the whole of them not any particular character that stands out There s a lot of small details that I rather likeI m ambivalent on the little bit of romance It s nice but also somewhat out of the blue and it doesn t really go anywhere either The Duchess disappears from the text just like thatPerhaps editing would have made this an easier enjoyable read it certainly had the potential for me to give it four stars at some points


10 thoughts on “Tilting at Windmills A Novel of Cervantes and the Errant Knight

  1. says:

    humor pathos drama entertainment just what the book doctor prescribes 🙃😉

  2. says:

    This is an inventive and well written homage to that pillar of Western literature Don uixote Julian Branston's premise is that the famous knight

  3. says:

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

  4. says:

    How much time do you need This year marks the 400th anniversary of Don uixote 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 1000 pages of

  5. says:

    This took me oddly long to read It's uite dense It wasn't uite as full of hijinks as I'd expected really given that the summary is that Don uixote 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

  6. says:

    I really loved this book

  7. says:

    Full of wit easy to read and yet retaining a high brow aire 'The Eternal uest' was a book which I enjoyed and with each turn of the

  8. says:

    This book really deserved 3 starsbut 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

  9. says:

    I just started this book and am enjoying it It is Don uixote told from an observer's point of view the man who publishes the install

  10. says:

    As a huge fan of Cervantes I had my doubts about this one But I enjoyed it and found it entertaining It is worth

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