Enamoured Knight

Enamoured Knight

by Douglas Glover
     
 

This book is filled with passion and love for the art of writing and is a celebration of reading. Through the prism of the great Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky, Douglas Glover provides a scrupulous reading of Cervantes's Don Quixote, opening this 400-year-old Spanish masterpiece to a new generation of readers, showing how Cervantes made his novel, and, finally,

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This book is filled with passion and love for the art of writing and is a celebration of reading. Through the prism of the great Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky, Douglas Glover provides a scrupulous reading of Cervantes's Don Quixote, opening this 400-year-old Spanish masterpiece to a new generation of readers, showing how Cervantes made his novel, and, finally, revealing how we as readers participate in his magic creation. Glover's brilliant accomplishment resides in his ability to seduce the reader with his own stunning prose and penetrating insight, while also creating the means for anyone to see into Cervantes's genius.

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a wonderful tour of critical perspectives on Don Quixote' -Quill & Quire

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Publishers Weekly
Cervantes's great novel, Don Quixote, has drawn the attention of writers such as Nabokov (who called it cruel) and Dostoyevski (who famously declared it "the saddest book ever written"). In this testament to his love of Cervantes's work, Glover, a novelist and short story writer (Elle), offers an entirely sympathetic reading, in which no criticism (even Nabokov's) can withstand the claim of Cervantes's genius. The book's weakness lies in its structure: Glover can't seem to decide whether he wanted to write a book about literature and reading in which Don Quixote is the exemplar, or a treatment of Don Quixote that glances at literary theory along the way. As a result, his thesis never really coheres, and the reader is bombarded with extraneous descriptions of the many forms of humor available to a writer and the different ways to identify the novel form itself, from realist to romantic to "easy going." Still, the book contains beautiful insights into the characters and methods that animate both Don Quixote and the writing (and reading) experience, from the claim that Cervantes challenged the very notion of realism in fiction to observations about the ways in which desire functions in the production of all novels. (Nov. 10) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Four centuries after its publication, Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote (1605) remains the literary windmill to break the critical theorist's lance. Glover (writing, Vermont Coll.; The Life and Times of Captain N) approaches Cervantes's Spanish masterpiece as the novelist and short story writer that he is to examine the essential roots of fiction writing and the many faces of the Don as well as how leading critical interpretations stand up against what is thought to be the first modern novel. This slim but ambitious study provides readable capsule summaries of all recent theories, including Glover's own "night thoughts of an insomniac reader." Cervantes, Glover notes, continually juggled elements of fiction with self-awareness, playing on his readers' expectations to create and mock the novel's sentimental plot and characters. For this reason and others, Glover considers that Cervantes remains the most contemporary of authors and believes that his novel, like all its successors, "teach[es] us to be real." Recommended for general and specialized collections.-Shelley Cox, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781564784049
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Dalkey Archive Scholarly Ser.
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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