This week’s throwback Thursday has apparently sold more copies than any other book in history – it’s Cervantes’s Don Quixote.
The plot is pretty thin here to say the least: A Spanish hidalgo reads too many books about knights and chivalry, goes a bit crazy, believes himself to be some kind of knight errant in the mould of Sir Lancelot, ropes in the naive Sancho Panza to be his squire, and tours the countryside looking for adventures.
We watch as Don Quixote tilts at windmills, listens to the story of Lothario (from whom all Lotharios are named), and fights for justice for people who don’t particularly need it. Sancho Panza becomes governor of a village against all odds.
Anyway, would I recommend this? Absolutely not.
I think it might be regarded as a classic just because it’s old, rather than good. Pretty quickly you realise that Cervantes has one joke which lasts a thousand pages. And whilst poking fun at mental illness is harmless enough here, I’m still not down with that.
Still, when was the last time you read a book that Picasso sketched? Never, that’s when.
So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?
Let me know in the comments!