GROUP READ: Don Quixote - General Discussion thread
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Book 1: 8 chapters (Jan) http://www.librarything.com/topic/129678
Book 2: 6 (Feb) http://www.librarything.com/topic/129680
Book 3: 13 (Mar) http://www.librarything.com/topic/129681
Book 4: 25 (April-May) http://www.librarything.com/topic/129682
Book I: Ch 1-17, 17 chapters (June/July) http://www.librarything.com/topic/134068
Book II: Ch 18-32, 15 chapters (August) http://www.librarything.com/topic/134069
Book III: Ch 33-52, 20 chapters (Sept/Oct) http://www.librarything.com/topic/134070
Book IV: Ch 53-74, 22 chapters (Nov/Dec) http://www.librarything.com/topic/134072
What do you think? Obviously, the months suggested would just be guidelines. If anyone is ahead, or behind :-), he/she can just jump in with comments whenever. I'd put the threads for Part 1 up all at once so they could be used at any time. I'm also open to any other suggestions.
Mine is translated by John Ormsby. I compared it to the Grossman translation, and, honestly, the feel was the same for me and Ormsby is free.
On a related note, I drove by the Dairy Queen earlier this week and they have peppermint blizzards. I am afraid reading DQ all year could lead to weight gain.
I will get back to with the translation info once I lay my hands on a copy.
I've downloaded the Ormsby on my Kindle but if it's a bust I'll get the Grossman or Putnam, both of which are also available as ebooks.
I'm actually getting my copy of Don Quixote today. My in-laws are coming to visit so we can do Christmas and I know my MIL bought it for me as a gift. I'm really excited to get my hands on it!
I'm hoping the Grossman translation is easier and more engaging to read for me while still keeping the style of a novel written in the early 1600s.
And here is the front page of the website: http://quixote.mse.jhu.edu/index.html
It appears to be a digital exhibit from the Johns Hopkins University. I haven't looked through most of it, but it seems like there is some interesting info.
I spent some time researching translations of Anna Karenina and was amazed at the differences. There were not that many to compare and the award winning Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation was the obvious choice. I am only 250 pages in and a pleasure to read.
I've not tried reading a novel throughout a year. I think I'd have to take notes!
I think, however, I'm going to splurge the $1.99 to get the Grossman edition for my nook.
ETA: Found the translator info.
Translated by P.A. Motteaux. Introduction and Notes by Stephen Boyd, University College, Cork. (Adding the link so I can find it again if needed.)
January: Book 1, 8 chapters, 65 pgs. Considering all the introductory materials most editions have this seems reasonable to me.
February: Book 2, 6 chapters, 37 pgs. This is definitely the lightest month.
March: Book 3, 13 chapters, 125 pgs. This is the heaviest month.
April and May: 25 chapters, so 12.5 chapters per month, 223 pgs total (111 per month).
June and July: 17 chapters, so 8.5 chapters per month, 114 pgs total (72 per month).
August: 15 chapters, 116 pgs.
September and October: 20 chapters, or 10 chapters per month, 134 pages (67 per month).
November and December: 22 chapters, or 11 chapters per month, 124 pages (62 per month).
As I said at the beginning, I'm open to any suggestions of how to divide the book. For me, it made sense to keep things in "books" since they should be natural stopping places and I'll be reading a lot of other books while reading this. I think it will help my mind keep organized to stop in natural places. Also, I will have all the threads open as people get far enough to discuss, so if you get ahead or behind it's not a big deal - there will be a place to discuss and most likely someone else will be in the same place as you. But yes, our range per month is from 6 chapters to 15 chapters which is a pretty big difference. If there are a lot of votes to change to an evenly divided system it would work out to 10.5 chapters per month, roughly 78 pages per month depending on your edition.
The biggest disparity is in Feb/March. Feb we have only 37 pages and March we have our longest of 125 pages. BUT, if you think of it as Book 2 and 3 over the two months, it only averages to 81 pages a month, which is right on schedule. Looking at it that way, our numbers of pages per month range from 62-116 pages per month. For a 1000 page book, I think that's a reasonable variation. I think that discussion on the threads will be easier and make more sense if we keep it to discussing one book per thread. If you want to read at a more even pace, it will still work out in the end.
Comments? Suggestions? It's not too late to change things up!