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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An epic Don Quixote for the modern age, "a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder" ( Time ) from internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE * "Lovely, unsentimental, heart-affirming . . . a remembrance of what holds our human lives in some equilibrium--a way of feeling and a way of telling. Love and language."--Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review

Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where "Anything-Can-Happen." Meanwhile, his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own.

Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. And with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of Rushdie's work, the fully realized lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

Praise for Quichotte

"Brilliant . . . a perfect fit for a moment of transcontinental derangement." -- Financial Times

" Quichotte is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism. . . . The narration is fleet of foot, always one step ahead of the reader--somewhere between a pinball machine and a three-dimensional game of snakes and ladders. . . . This novel can fly, it can float, it's anecdotal, effervescent, charming, and a jolly good story to boot." -- The Sunday Times

" Quichotte [is] an updating of Cervantes's story that proves to be an equally complicated literary encounter, jumbling together a chivalric quest, a satire on Trump's America and a whole lot of postmodern playfulness in a novel that is as sharp as a flick-knife and as clever as a barrel of monkeys. . . . This is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind." -- The Times (UK)
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593132982
Branch Call Number: RUSHDIE
Characteristics: xii, 396 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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.

Sep 03, 2019

Booker finalist 2019


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