Teaser Tuesdays: Don Quixote by Cervantes, trans. by J.M. Cohen

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

Here ’tis! The Classics Challenge continues.

My teaser today comes from Don Quixote by Cervantes, translated by J.M. Cohen. From page 158:

When Don Quixote realized that Sancho was making fun of him, he got so furiously angry that he lifted his lance and dealt him two blows which would have relieved the master of the duty of paying his squire’s wages, unless perhaps to his heirs, had they caught him on the head instead of on the shoulders. But when Sancho found himself so poorly rewarded for his joke, he was afraid that his master might carry the matter farther, and said to him with great humility: ‘Gently, your worship; I was only joking, I swear.’

I am just beginning this book (am not even to page 158 yet, and my edition runs over 900 pages!), but I already believe that this is a representative passage. There have been several instances of Don Quixote losing his temper and dealing blows; and this passage was chosen at random. I think the dealing of blows may be a theme.

I’m excited to be into such a formidable classic text. What are you reading these days?

7 Responses

  1. I haven’t read Don Quixote, but his adventures have informed a lot of moments in our lives…I saw a play once, based on this book, called The Man of La Mancha. It was an awesome, thrilling musical that made me want to read this book.

    Here’s MY TT POST

  2. Well I encourage you, because I’m finding it an easier read than expected. I was a little intimidated by the bulk, but it’s entertaining.

  3. I’ve never read this book either. But the teaser was interesting.

    Thanks for your visit today.

  4. My grandfather LOVED this book and was always reading me his favorite passages when I was younger, but I’m afraid to say I’ve never actually read it myself! I’ve always loved classic lit so I’m not sure why I never borrowed his copy, but maybe I should give it a go.
    Thanks for stopping by Kinda Silly Books today to share your teaser!

  5. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Interesting teaser! I am a huge fan of classics myself but I have to admit something like Don Quixote intimidates me a bit.

  6. Good teaser. To be honest, I’ve never read Don Quixote, never even considered it. I’m not sure why.

  7. Well to all of you who are hesitant – I’m finding it very readable, entertaining, enjoyable. I recommend. Don’t be intimidated (as I was) by the bulk. It just flows right on. Give it a try!

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