Thursday, February 09, 2006

Living the Life Quixotic

In response to a suggestion that "Maybe you could blog the entire book for me, one line at a time. I haven't read a good book since taking up this preoccupation [blogging]" I have created yet another new blog called Living the Life Quixotic. In it I plan to blog the entire text of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In the interest of time, I will post one paragraph at a time including a sentence by sentence commentary.

Why am I doing this? As with many of the "must read books," I have never actually read Don Quixote. Maybe after I'm done blogging it, I'll take on some of the other great works on those reading lists you ignored in high school and college. I will not, however, blog Herman Melville's Moby Dick. I actually read that boring piece of crap several years ago and blogging one paragraph at a time would require more than my lifetime to complete.

In the course of blogging Don Quixote, I may at times intersperse the collected works of Carlos Casteneda and his tales of Don Juan. I have read those books, so I'm not sure what the point would be other than to dispell the myth that there is any secret meaning to be gleaned from them.

With that said, I invite you to visit Living the Life Quixotic and read the first riveting paragraph of Cervantes Don Quixote.

5 comments:

shandi said...

It's like Oprah's book club :-) I'm so excited.

Tim ID said...

It's no olive on the toes adventure, but I think we are blazing new trails here in blog history. Just be thankful I didn't opt to blog it one line at a time.

cherish said...

Very COOL idea Tim!!

Tim ID said...

Cherish, If you can last through the 500 paragraphs of Don Quixote and still think this is a cool idea, then you are truly a saint.

mcccune collection said...

Take a look at the McCune Collection's website - http://www.mccunecollection.org to view the illustrations from the 1780 edition of Don Quixote by the Spanish Academy of Madrid. The engravings are interesting and illustrate the entire journey of Don Quixote including a map of his travels. This is a very rare books and rarely seen.