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My days of looking LEARNED on the toob are over, as today i finally finished reading "Don Quixote". It was BLOODY BRILLIANT. I asked for it for Christmas, because I'd read a lot of reviews of a new translation of it, but mostly because I hadn't read it before, but LOADS of references to it had been cropping up lately in other things I'd read. I thought that it'd be a good idea to read the original proper thing, rather than ALLUSIONS to it, and by golly i was right! It was LOVELY, also dead funny and ACE - apparently the translation I got, by John Rutherford in Penguin Classics, is different from the older ones in that it's FUNNY, which it certainly was, as well as being in Modern Vernacular, so was fun all round. The weird thing about it was what GITS everyone was to poor old Don Quixote, half the second part is about two rotten sods who mess Don Quixote and Sancho Panza about, I guess lots of things have changed since those days... Mind you, there's tons of ACE METATEXTUAL type stuff about how the book got translated in the first place, and the different versions of the story that have been going around, and its all RATHER groovy.

Classics are GRATE - you get hundreds of years worth of people to pick them out for you, AND they're cheap!

posted 19/2/2004 by MJ Hibbett

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