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Quichotte

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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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Desolate, Dry, Unlikeable.

Salman Rushdie is an award winning literary genius who once wrote a book based on the life of Muhammed and found himself in serious trouble with some of the more po-faced in Islam including Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini who put out a contract on Rushdie's life (a fatwa). Comedian Larry David satirised the whole affair on season 9 of his show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is kind of like winning the Man-Booker, Nobel and Pulitzer in one big package in my opinion, but I digress.

Have been meaning to read The Satanic Verses but haven't gotten around to it yet but did pick up Rushdie's latest on a whim. Quichotte is a retelling of the classic Spanish story Don Quixote and the whole point is to lift the veil on the myth of the American dream via a quest aka the Don Q. thing.

It's sharp, clever, says everything a well oiled liberal progressive might feel about the current state of the USA but jeez, try as I might I just couldn't connect with the characters. The whole thing felt dry and soulless and about half-way through I gave up and I hate being defeated after devoting so many hours to a book but defeated I was.

I checked out some proper actual reviewers and some totally loved it while others felt exactly as I did. Still going to give the fatwa book a go though.

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What a ride

It was like being on a roller coaster for the imagination. It’s Worth the read.

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A rewarding experience!

Brilliantly written an exhilarating ride and Vikas Adam was an exemplary narrator. A rewarding experience indeed!

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  • Zaheer
  • 12-10-2019

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.

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  • Miss C.
  • 14-09-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2019

Didn't think I was listening to a story

this is a book with rigorous one-sided, self conceited, propaganda. there is so much subtext that the story never comes together. it is too ideological for what we may tag as a novel. I find the incessant stream of the characters' consciousness very tedious. I would however still recommend this book to people who are very passionate about gender equality and role reversal. I am also quite aware, that my feminist bias has played a significant role, in what I have reached as my conclusion of the text.
it strikes me as an ideological text; that is desperate to propagate the contemporary "tolerant mindset" and still be light-hearted about the whole affair. this has suppressed nonfiction undertone written all over it.

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  • Simon Zohhadi
  • 16-09-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2020

Loved it

This is a great book and the performance really helped bring it to life. It gripped me and I just had to listen to a next chapter.

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  • hannah
  • 17-05-2020

would definitely recommend

loved it, found the narration hard to get used to but after a chapter I was obsessed.

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  • MR KG Davies
  • 02-02-2020

Meh!

So I’ve ventured into the unknown with book. Not really the kind of book I normally listen to and my first Salman Rushdie book. I didn’t finish it, I’ve got 4 hrs left, but I’m so disinterested in the characters that I’ve decided enough is enough. And ‘disinterested’ is the key here. I really couldn’t care less in the characters or how the story ends. It meanders too much and although good and funny in parts, perhaps it’s just too long. I actually like long books and will routinely listen to 20hrs+ books. Two of my favourites being Cryptonomicon which is 42hrs and Reamde 38hrs. They didn’t feel long, but this did.

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  • Devjani Chakravarty
  • 27-01-2020

Important reading for our times.

Brilliantly performed and wittily told, Quichotte is a story which needed to be written and needs to be read. There is so much to discuss in this story that a few lines would not do this book justice. This book needs to be studied by philosophers. It discusses, love, belonging, reality, memory and identity. And much more! And yet it is funny and poignant in equal measure. Salman Rushdie truly is a genius.

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  • Trisha
  • 12-01-2020

A great and delightful treat from Salman Rushdie

A thoroughly enjoyable romp of a book. Fizzes with ideas and I look forward to reading a hard copy soon. Definitely a book that can be read more than once with its story within a story within a story structure.

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  • Tamburrt
  • 11-11-2019

Excellent

Brilliant book, superbly narrated. This is a complex book, that references a number of genres, most particularly magic realism and meta narrative, that the narrator handles brilliantly. Probably my favourite book of the year.

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  • Mrs C McMillan
  • 04-10-2019

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.