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Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene

Monsignor Quixote (1982)

by Graham Greene

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Most of the Graham Greene I have read over the years has been serious stuff. Monsignor Quixote by contrast is a sometimes delightful, sometimes serious little story that very gently pokes at things. Serious, but told in a somewhat comic way. Our modern Man of La Mancha sets off with Sancho in Spain, circa 1980. He doesn't dream the impossible dream. He's not sure where he's going. Various places flit through his mind. Father Quixote, newly appointed a Monsignor, sets off perhaps to find himself, rediscover his beliefs and faith and have some interesting conversations with his companion Sancho. Some of the conversations work better than others that get a little tedious, with it mostly being communism vs the Catholic Church, or elements of faith and belief, but overall, "Good stuff." ( )
  RBeffa | Aug 11, 2015 |
Greene at his most sublime, his most readable (although really he's always readable) and his most approachably erudite. He takes this story: 'A priest and a Communist go on a road trip in Spain' and makes it into something approaching a pot boiler - you really can't wait to see what happens next. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | May 20, 2014 |
autumn-2013, spain, catholic, picaresque, amusing, fraudio, published-1982, philosophy, teh-demon-booze
Read from August 01 to September 04, 2013

rosado> walkies> Read by Cyril Cussack

The descendents of Quijano and Sancho go travelling. Wonderful soft adventure, gallons of wine, and the talk is of purple nylon socks, Marxism, Roman Catholicism and onanism. Many -isms, yes, but gentle philosophical fun.

Loved it but you wouldn't necessarily think it was from Greene's nib. Highly recommended if you are looking for a modern-day tilter.
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  mimal | Sep 4, 2013 |
A lovely book. I have tried several Graham Greene's over the years but this is the only one I really enjoyed. ( )
  Mouldywarp | Aug 7, 2013 |
A charming story about the nature of faith and doubt, and the divide between ideas and the institutions meant to enact them. Monsignor Quixote is a worthy successor to his ancestor. ( )
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More than any work of Greene's that I have read, it is suffused with nostalgia for the pre-industrial, pre-bourgeois world, a world of face-to-face encounters between man and God, man and man, man and beast (Rocinante is, after all, more beast than car). Greene celebrates a world of simple appetites that can be directly satisfied when two contentious friends sit down to cheese, sausage, wine and talk. ''Monsignor Quixote'' mildly invites - rather than compels -the reader to share this humble feast.
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'There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so
William Shakespeare
For Father Leopoldo Durán,
Aurelio Verde,
Octavio Victoria
Miguel Fernández,
my companions on the roads of Spain,
and to Tom Burns
who inspired my first visit there in 1946.
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It happened this way. Father Quixote had ordered his solitary lunch from his housekeeper and set off to buy wine at a local cooperative eight kilometres away from El Toboso on the main road to Valencia.
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Wein wird nicht von Menschen gemacht - Menschen können nur mithelfen, ihn zum Leben zu erwecken - oder ihn sterben zu lassen.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671458183, Hardcover)

With Sancho Panza, a deposed Communist mayor, his faithful Rocinate, an antiquated motorcar, Monsignor Quixote roams through modern-day Spain in a brilliant picaresque fable. Like Cervantes' classic, Monsignor Quixote offers enduring insights into our life and times.

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Monsignor Quixote embarks on a modernday emulation of his ancestor's quest across Spain accompanied by his aging Fiat and the Communist mayor of his village.

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