03 July, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (84)

Since the dawn of time, MizB at Should Be Reading has hosted Teaser Tuesday, a weekly, bookish meme. Okay, maybe not the dawn of time, but as far as I can tell it's gone on for years and that is a long time in the virtual world.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Last year I read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy; the year before that I read Moby Dick by Herman Melville; and the year before that I read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I'm trying to read the major classics, basically. This summer I'm planning to read both Don Quixote and Anna Karenina, which may or may not be too much to chew; we'll just have to see.

In the first book of this history, we left the valiant Biscayan and the renowned Don Quixote with their gleaming swords brandished aloft, about to discharge two such furious strokes, as must (if they had hit their mark) have cleft them both asunder, from top to toe, like a couple of pomegranates; and in this dubious and critical juncture, the delicious history abruptly breaks off, without our being informed by the author, where or how that which is wanting may be found.
   I was not a little concerned at this disappointment; for, the pleasure I enjoyed in the little I had read, was changed into disgust, when I reflected on the small prospect I had of finding the greater part of this relishing story, which, in my opinion, was lost: and yet it seemed impossible, and contrary to every laudable custom, that such an excellent knight should be unprovided with some sage to undertake the history of his unheard-of exploits; a convenience which none of those knights-errant who went in quest of adventures ever wanted, each of them having been accommodated with one or two magicians, on purpose to record not only this deeds, but even his most hidden thoughts and amusements.
-p. 65

Short sentences are not to be found in Don Quixote. Though I do like the book so far (currently on page 107).


So, what are you reading? Got a teaser to share from it?

Have you ever read Don Quixote? If so, what did you think? If not, what's your favorite "classic" book?

-----The Golden Eagle


Bethany Elizabeth said...

Don Quixote has been on my TBR list forever - maybe now I'll have the inspiration to read it! :) Although those are very long sentences. :)

kaye said...

I've never read this but my husband brought home a copy from Spain (in Spanish). Maybe someday I'll get brave enough to read it. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I really liked this when I finally got around to reading it about six years ago. It was a lot different in my mind than the way we think of Don Quixote from "Man of La Mancha" and all that.

Brinda said...

I don't remember reading this one. I did read Anna Karenina and it's one of my favorites from the classics.

Heather said...

Goes to show how much writing has changed. I'm reading Breathkept by Saundra Mitchell. Here are three sentences:

My stomach roiled, acid and sour, and I wished for a water too, or ice. Just a piece of ice to suck would have been good. I didn't ask for it though.

Ty Johnston said...

I read Don Quixote in Spanish some 25 years ago in high school, though I remember very little of it and my Spanish has mostly left me since. I've got a copy in English, but I keep putting it off. I finished "War and Peace" last year and haven't yet entered a mood to tackle another massive classic.

My favorite classic novel? Hmm, that's a tough one. I loved "Moby Dick," though I realize many people hate it. But I'm also a huge Alexandre Dumas fan, loving just about everything he wrote.

Rob-bear said...

Since I read mostly non-fiction, and some of it pretty heavy, I decided years ago that I wouldn't get in to this project. But I still enjoy your doing it.

Anstice Potts said...

Wow, those sure are long sentences. It would probably take me an age to read it (and understand it properly) but it sounds interesting from the snippet you posted.

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! I love this book!! And Anna Karenina!?!? Oh you are making my heart leap with joy!!!

These are delicious sentences, thank you! Take care

Susan Kane said...

You have set yourself for excellent reading!! Impressive.

I read 'Don Quixote' in Spanish 2 in high school. Then I read it in English later in life.

Keep reading the classics--you will have a wealth of good writing from that!

Amber said...

I've read this twice. The first time in Spanish and the second in English.
I had an intense debate with classmate over whether or not Don Quixote was sane. I insisted he was just eccentric with a vivid imagination. My classmate thought he was off his rocker.
This is definitely up there as one of my favorite classics. The Count of Monte Cristo is probably number one though.

Here's my teaser:

Mandy Calvin said...

"He was a courier, at least in spirit. He was an anachronism that the dark age had somehow missed when it systematically went about rubbing idealism from the world." pg 79 from The Postman by David Brin

Pat Hatt said...

Haven't read this one ever, always interested to give it a go though, maybe one day I'll get around too it, but no short sentences, geez haha

Alleged Author said...

I have yet to read this but I saw the musical! :P

Christine Rains said...

Holy huge sentences, Batman! I like the story of Don Quixote, but I don't like the writing style.

Donna Hole said...

I think I was holding my breath through that :)


DeniseCovey _L_Aussie said...

Hey Golden. Great to see you're reading the classics. We can learn so much from them. One of my favourite authors, Hemingway, studied all the classics. Best teachers.

My current reads are The Villa by Nora Roberts and Love Knows No Bounds an anthology of novellas from Entangled Publishing.


Connie Keller said...

DQ is on my TBR list and has been for a couple of years.

My daughter read it and loved it--she was always reading me passages aloud and they were very funny.

....Petty Witter said...

A book I haven't picked up for many a year, now I feel like dusting it off and re-reading it.

Anonymous said...

I'm at the halfway point in "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and Steven Baxter. I like the premise of the book, but it's a bit choppy.

Never read Don Q. I've been IN "Man of La Mancha" and that's enough for me. ;)

I still try, every year, to get through Joyce's "Ulysses".

Anonymous said...

I remember either reading the full novel or the abridged version many years ago.

My sentences seem diminutive compared to these.

Paul Tobin said...

Go for it! I gave up on War & Peace about three chapters in. I did better with Crime & Punishment I listened to it -complete & unabridged in the car. I have to say i found it v. depressing, I preferred Columbo-who apparently is based on the detective. I await with interest to see what you make of them.

Sangu Mandanna said...

Haven't read it, but I've seen Man of La Mancha, which doesn't quite count :-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Here's mine, from Young Thongor by Lin carter.

"The cold wastes of the northlands had spawned him, but since he had come down across the Mountains of Mommur five years before, the jungle-girt cities of Kovia and Chus and Ptartha had been his home. SO the Valkarthan was no stranger to the tropic wilderness through which he moved silently and swiftly, yet with great care. "

wow, I didn't really realize how long this guy's sentences were. egads.

The Golden Eagle said...

Bethany: LOL. Yeah, the writing style is a bit ramble-y. :P

Kaye: It would be interesting to read it in the original Spanish; there are a lot of notes of how the translation was changed to match Cervantes's style.

PT Dilloway: I've never seen the film, so I don't know how they presented him. How did they change Don Quixote from the original?

Brinda: I'm looking forward to it. :)

Heather: Indeed!

I wonder who she doesn't want to ask--it seems like a small request!

Ty: War and Peace was definitely a long book. I actually thought it was good, overall; the characters seemed real to me.

All the cetology in Moby Dick is interesting; I have to admit sort of skimming some of the elaborate explanations of whales. :P

I want to read something by Dumas. Maybe next summer . . .

Rob-bear: It does take a lot of time; and some of the classic books don't seem to be really worth the read. Though that's just my opinion, of course.

Thanks. :)

Anstice: It is! And quite humorous at times.

Old Kitty: I'm looking forward to Anna Karenina. :) I know a lot of people like it.

You're very welcome!

Susan: I wish I could read the original version of the book. I'm sure some of the story gets lost in the translation.

Amber: It's hard to say, isn't it? Sometimes he seems normal enough, or at least no quirkier than some people; and other times he confuses all the facts.

I've heard good things about that book!

Mandy: Intriguing. I wonder who that individual is! I've never heard of the book or author before.

Pat: Yeah, the long sentences can be hard to read through!

The Golden Eagle said...

Alleged Author: I've never seen that or the film; now I'm curious what it's like!

Christine: LOL. Long sentences is right. I don't usually mind them, but these do get rather lengthy . . .

Donna: There is a moment or two of "When is the author going to stop?!" when reading a long sentence. I hope I don't asphyxiate by the end of Don Quixote. :P

Denise: Thanks. And true, for books to resonate for so many years there must be something to learn from them.

Hope you're enjoying your reads!

Connie: It is an amusing book. :)

Petty Witter: I love re-reading good classics.

Stuart: That book is on my TBR list. It sounds interesting; too bad it feels choppy, though.

Wow. Now I really have to go watch it. :)

Hard slog, I take it?

Medeia: Mine, too!

Paul: I'll have to put up a review of Don Quixote; I did for War and Peace, and it was nice to collect my thoughts in a post.

Sangu: I am curious what the differences are. Several commenters have mentioned Man of La Mancha . . .

Charles: I like how those sentences describe the setting; though those are a lot of unfamiliar names! Great teaser.

Rek said...

Classical books are pretty long winded.
I think, no one would read our books if we emulate that style...maybe 100 years from now we may get the classic status and school kids may mutter some obscenities when they get our books for summer reading. :)
I have a lot of favourites but The Count of Monte Cristo is something I love to read often.

The Golden Eagle said...

Rek: Yeah, they can be. Though some books are written in a more modern style.

LOL. I can't really picture anything I write being used in schools, but you never know what will be seen as "classic", I suppose.

I want to read that book sometime.