Don Quixote's Delusions

Don Quixote's Delusions

Travels in Castilian Spain

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
Miranda France is a travel writer-cum-literary critic with an unsparingly truthful and delightfully absurd voice. "She has a wonderfully quick and vivid eye for convincing detail," said Christopher House inThe Spectator. Her new book tells us about Spain by juxtaposing Cervantes's life and his character's adventures with the author's own delightful anecdotes, incomparable characters, and insightful observations.

At the heart of Miranda France's utterly engaging book are two very different visits to Spain, set ten years apart. In 1987, the author spent her student year in Madrid-when post-Franco ebullience was at its height and pornography and soft drugs were legalized, along with divorce, party-affiliation, and kissing in the street. A return trip to central Spain, taken in 1998, shows France that much has changed in the country, but also that much has endured. An incomparable cast of real-life characters, along with France's compelling investigations of the world's first novel, Cervantes's Don Quixote-published in 1605 and, the author finds out, the most translated book after the Bible-reveal much about the identity of modern Spain and its people.


Random House, Inc.
Miranda France is a travel writer-cum-literary critic with an unsparingly truthful and delightfully absurd voice. "She has a wonderfully quick and vivid eye for convincing detail," said Christopher House inThe Spectator. Her new book tells us about Spain by juxtaposing Cervantes's life and his character's adventures with the author's own delightful anecdotes, incomparable characters, and insightful observations.

At the heart of Miranda France's utterly engaging book are two very different visits to Spain, set ten years apart. In 1987, the author spent her student year in Madrid-when post-Franco ebullience was at its height and pornography and soft drugs were legalized, along with divorce, party-affiliation, and kissing in the street. A return trip to central Spain, taken in 1998, shows France that much has changed in the country, but also that much has endured. An incomparable cast of real-life characters, along with France's compelling investigations of the world's first novel, Cervantes's Don Quixote-published in 1605 and, the author finds out, the most translated book after the Bible-reveal much about the identity of modern Spain and its people.

Baker & Taylor
The author of Gad Times in Buenos Aires juxtaposes Cervantes's vision of Don Quixote with the realities of modern Castilian Spain in a brilliant travel memoir of life in one of Europe's most beautiful and historical regions.

Book News
This is a reprint of English-born France's 2001 publication, in which the author describes her experiences as a student in Madrid in 1987, and new realizations about Spain during a return visit in 1998. She connects her personal journey and discoveries to an examination of Cervantes' novel, Don Quixote . This unusual combination of literary analysis and autobiography may appeal to scholars, travelers and general readers alike. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In 1987, when Miranda France spent a year in Madrid as a student, the new freedoms of post-Franco Spain were intoxicating: divorce, regional languages, contraceptives, kissing in the street, even the public consumption of drugs had become legal. At the university where, in 1936, Republicans had fought Nationalists in hand-to-hand combat, girls with Snoopy folders now sat alongside men with well-washed hair and boat shoes. Yet Madrid was also a mecca for fiery South American communists and moody Basque nationalists. Against this background, Miranda France describes a love-affair with a Peruvian revolutionary as well as an eccentric cast of characters - landladies, roommates, neighbors, and fellow students.
Then, in 1998, she returns to Spain to revisit the countryside, towns, and great cities of the central part of the country - Madrid, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Salamanca - and to discover how much has changed in ten years. With the new prosperity, much has altered, and the old bargain between men and women is over. But many values have endured, as she learns from a private detective, a shepherd, various nuns, two belly dancers, and a Castilian separatist, among others.

Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2002
ISBN: 9781585672929
1585672920
Branch Call Number: 863x CERVA FRANC
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 24 cm
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001

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