Quichotte

Quichotte

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Quichotte, an aging traveling salesman obsessed with the "unreal real" of TV, falls in impossible love with a queen of the screen; while obsessively writing her love letters, he wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence. Together they set off across America in Quichotte's trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Meanwhile, Quichotte's tragicomic story is being told by the author who created him: Brother, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis. As their stories intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie brings us a new twist on a classic. Quichotte is a profoundly human love story and a wickedly entertaining satire of a corrupt age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction. With unforgettable characters and riveting suspense, this dazzling novel showcases an essential storyteller at his brilliant best"--
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593132982
059313298X
Branch Call Number: FIC RUSHDIE, SALMAN
Characteristics: xii, 396 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de 1547-1616.

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1inthemix
Nov 06, 2019

Very topical satire: reminds me a bit of John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces".
I had to stop reading this one in bed because I would wake my wife up from laughing so hard!

Rushdie sums up the disparate views of the nation quite succinctly and depending on your point of view; you can either laugh or cry at where we are right now as a country.

Rushdie opts for the absurd and it is hilarious.

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jontalk
Nov 02, 2019

As Rushdie goes, this is by far one of his best. Bringing his brand of humor and whimsy to the story, which is unique in itself, he takes the reader on 'twin' journeys toggling back and forth between them. In some ways similar to "Stranger than Fiction" he introduces Sam DuChamp, a novelist who brings to life a quirky, TV obsessed Don Quixote as well as Sancho who like most of his fantasies, comes to life as his sidekick. What I found most interesting was how different this approach to storytelling is from all others Rushdie has written, though I'd be lying if I said I'd read them all. Regardless, this story is evocative, engaging and fun. Highly recommended whether you're a Rushdie fan or not!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 16, 2019

I had forgotten how much I enjoy Rushdie's writing style. He does some interesting things with this Don Quixote retelling. It is very specific to the time we live in...and I wonder how this book will be read once we are looking back at it from a decade hence.

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jump8999
Sep 19, 2019

booker 2019 longlist

Phil_R Sep 19, 2019

Oh my. Rushdie just dropped the mic on the entire cannon of adventure quest masterpieces. Kept my head spinning and face smiling all the way through.

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halbo2
Sep 03, 2019

Booker finalist 2019

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