- 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.-p. 65
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.
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