[RGC 66.] Don Quixote by Cervantes

[read: why am I laughing at this when it was written like 400 years ago?]


So, last fall I took a class titled ‘Comic Novel’ and didn’t really know what to expect. Did they mean for it to be ‘comic novels’ like funny novels or like ‘comic books’ AKA the best books AKA Marvel > D.C. or was this a completely different genre I’d never heard of?

It was Option 1. And our first book was Don Quixote. Since when was that a funny novel? Granted I knew nothing about it beforehand, I remember thinking, “Classic novels aren’t like expected to be funny so this is going to like suck because like idk what’s going on.” Eloquent, Sneha, eloquent. I mean all I knew of this was my friends had done a duo interpretation piece to it (I’ll explain the Speech & Debate part of my life later) and Alison always sang to me, “Don Quixote de la maaaaaaaancha” so that was really all I needed to know right?

I bought the giant book, brought it home, and decided to read it right before going to bed (we had the first 50 pages or so to read for the first class) because it would probably make me fall asleep.

I stayed up all night reading about 100 more pages than I needed to, laughing [read: howling] out loud until I remembered that I lived with other people. This was so freaking hilarious.

How? What? When? Where? Why? Definitely a plot twist. All expectations I had about ‘classic’ novels have been dissolved. Reading Don Quixote made me realize that ‘classic’ didn’t necessarily mean ‘serious’ or ‘you’re going to hate reading this because someone thought it was boring enough to be a classic’ but it could mean ‘funny’ and ‘there’s a shitting scene in this book, you’ll appreciate this, you little immature college student.’

Best part? Windmill scene. You go, Quixote, you go. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just read the book. There may be nothing funnier than a romantic Quixote, aging, followed by Sancho Panza, being short and fat and silly and occasionally shitting, trying to take the world by storm as chivalric knights based on what Quixote has read. (now you know where the word ‘quixotic’ comes from, lesson of the day, you’re welcome, hehe)

And you’ll learn something about what you like to read when you realize this book makes you laugh out loud too. But it’s 400 years old. Magic, sorcery, great literature? All of the above.

10 out of 10 would recommend.

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