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Quichotte

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Penguin presents the audio edition of Quichotte by Salman Rushdie. 

In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.

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 satirise 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 his work, the fully realised 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.

©2019 Salman Rushdie (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Wish I could find fault with this book but I can't

I want to support the under dog, I don't want to be telling you that Rushdie is a genius, you know that.
But this is humble, witty, readable and yet huge, ambitious and enlightening. What more can a novel be.
He does keep explaining himself, but maybe we deserve that. Look at the mess we have made of the world.

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Confusing

I am a good way into the book and still don’t know what it is about. Is this son a fiction and how come people can see him? What is going on? I am so frustrated that I gave up as I am getting really irritated instead of enjoying a good listen.

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Am I In The Novel ?

Before I write my brief review of Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, I must give my position on Satanic Verses. First of all, I believe in freedom of speech. Secondly, I am opposed to blasphemy or mockery of religion. Thirdly, censorship is necessary even in mature democracies with freedom of expression. Fourthly, if the consequences of the publication of a book exceed the benefits then it should not be published or alternatively destroyed. For these reasons, I opposed the sale of Satanic Verses and am critical of Salman Rushdie for doing it. However, we are best served by remembering all those who lost their lives, on both sides, but otherwise treat the scandal as being in the past. I must also add that I did not read the book but should not be criticised for not doing so. It upset and angered many Muslims and that is the point. Should Salman Rushdie be forever condemned ? No, the matter is now closed.

Quichotte is the first book I have read by the author and will soon follow this by reading his most famous work - Midnight’s Children. I must say, Quichotte is an excellent contemporary novel which for the most part is set in Trump’s America with everything that entails. Quichotte is a character in a novel within the novel and written by the author in the main novel, if that all makes sense, it will if you read it. Not exactly a new technique, it is similar to that employed by Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective, which happens to be my favourite TV drama series but it adds a fascinating dimension. It is a book that covers the biggest issues of our time - end of the world, racism, love, obsession, the power of television, pharmaceutical ethics, terrorism, drug abuse, reality and fake reality. The novel packs a lot in and is hugely entertaining. It enters my personal list of favourite novels.

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  • Zaheer
  • 12-10-19

Wow!!!

This is the first Salman Rushdie novel I have completed (it will not be my last). It took me a while to get into it, but once I was in I was hooked. Its light, funny, and my god the range of the author goes for miles. A real artist of the word.

The narrator is the best I’ve ever heard. He makes the novel come alive and does wonderful impersonations.

I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, but if your bored, and looking for something to stir the imagination give this a go.