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Quote of the day

From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.  – Miguel de Cervantes who was born on this day in 1547. 59 more words


September 29 in history

522 BC – Darius I of Persia killed the Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire.

480 BC  Battle of Salamis… 662 more words


Back to La Mancha-A Book Review

Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote loomed on my literary horizon for over 30 years, ever since I enjoyed a portion of a German translation as a teenager. 704 more words

Book Review

Snippet: William Egginton's "The Man Who Invented Fiction"

William Egginton, The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World, 2016, 272 p.

The publisher’s summary can be found here, where there are also some snippets of peer reviews; some reviews by the general press (gist: they like the book though they doubt its central thesis): 83 more words

Miguel De Cervantes

Book of the Week #21:

Don Quixote,

by Miguel de Cervantes

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness — and the maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!

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Quote of the Week

For her sake I left my father’s house, and for her sake I put on these clothes, in order to follow her wherever she might go, as the arrow follows its mark or the sailor his star.

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