This Month’s Question/Meme for Classics Clubbers is: Pick a classic someone else in the club has read from our big review list. Link to their review and offer a quote from their post describing their reaction to the book. What about their post makes you excited to read that classic in particular?
This was a tough one because the list is huge (What a great resource!) and there are so many awesome reviews out there – sometimes many awesome reviews for the same book! That being said, I decided that I would highlight two reviews of one book, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. This is actually one of the books I listed in the “Group Check-In #1” post as a (hopefully) upcoming Classics List read for me (maybe during Winter Break?).
The first review comes from Donna at Scrambled Books. I like that she talks about her re-reading experience (admitting that she didn’t remember much from the first time) and points out not just what she liked about the book, but also some interesting things about the book’s creation/history, etc. She also mentions Cervantes’s use of the meta-fiction technique, which is something I often enjoy in fiction, so that makes me even more excited to start reading this one!
The second is actually a series of thoughts on the book, posted throughout the reading process, and was found over at An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind. Ruth’s posts are a fantastic way to experience the book vicariously through a talented reader’s eyes. I particularly enjoyed the last post, which listed some specific questions about the book & then her answers. These posts & those questions give me much to think about before reading the book – I can’t wait to experience it and see if I come up with some of the same answers (or not).
I really want to read Don Quixote one of these days. (Though probably not until 2013.) It’s free on Nook, if I remember right. 🙂
Let me know when you’re going to read it, Jillian, Don Quixote is too intimidating for me to read alone, maybe we can read it together? 😉
Ah yes, I also like Ruth’s final posts of her book reviews, all with the questions. I think I’m going to ask myself the questions when I read a book in her list. The Scarlet Letter would be first.
Don Quixote is in my TBR pile too (since months actually) but I haven’t got the courage to read it. It’s rather intimidating, almost 800 pages, and small fonts…