A well-written novel about a man who's different from others: more eccentric, more honest, more philosophical. He doesn't fit in and exaggerates his eccentricity with a disheveled appearance and loud manners. He's an alcoholic. Nevertheless, he has two loyal friends, actually people he picked up and took care of, who worship the ground he walks on. A woman to whom he was once engaged enters the story...but now she's married to a count.
I don't know why the author chose to be anonymous. This is a very interesting and practical book about the process of writing a novel. (I had no idea how much work it takes.) I wasn't going to write a novel, but I like knowing how it's done.
Yes, parts of the book are boring (e.g., lengthy poems), but the majority of it is hilarious. Don Quixote is such a loon but at times sounds perfectly normal. My favorite incident is when he paranoically destroys a puppet show. Sancho Panza is unfailingly funny. I love this book.
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