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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 9:00:59 AM PDT
The Don Quixote reading group is starting today. Based on suggestions by the group, we're starting a new discussion thread here since the earlier thread has over 90 posts and we haven't even started yet. All new discussion should be posted here. Please click "Track This Discussion" to follow along with the group.

For anyone interested it's not too late to join. Here's a link to the earlier thread with all of the info:

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:21:17 AM PDT
Rainey says:
Looking forward to a great discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 9:26:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 10:27:22 AM PDT
Denise says:
I'm looking forward to this as well.

edit: I've figured out the dates that would pertain to each lecture on this schedule. At the risk of being presumptive, I'm including it here.

Lecture Date Chapters
1 9/10/12 Intro
2 9/17/12 1-10
3 9/24/12 1-10
4 10/1/12 11-20
5 10/8/12 11-20
6 10/15/12 21-26
7 10/22/12 21-26
8 10/29/12 27-35
9 11/5/12 27-35
10 11/12/12 36-52
11 11/19/12 36-52
12 11/26/12 Intro to pt II
13 12/3/12 1-11
14 12/10/12 1-11
15 12/17/12 12-21
16 12/24/12 12-21
17 12/31/12 22-35
18 1/7/13 22-35
19 1/14/13 36-53
20 1/21/13 36-53
21 1/28/13 54-70
22 2/4/13 54-70
23 2/11/13 71-74
24 2/18/13 71-74

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:32:29 AM PDT
So the first week is just the Introduction of the Yale lectures, correct?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:40:28 AM PDT
Yes, we'll begin reading and discussing starting next Monday, with lecture 2. This should give everyone time to get organized and join up.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:50:29 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have listened to Lecture 1 and found it interesting. The instructor gives some background abouth Cervantes and the time the book was written. He explains the meaning of each word in the title of the work. I'm find this helpful. For me, a big stumbling block to the reading classics is not knowing about the time and place they were written.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:28:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 2:37:14 PM PDT
Denise says:
Edit: I spent a fair amount of time downloading the lecture transcripts and turning them into a mobi file for my kindle. If anyone else would like to use it, I've put it up at

tiny dot cc slash DQmobi

You can then simply sideload it to your kindle. (Drop it into the Documents folder.)

There is also a Word file that has table of contents and nicer formatting if you prefer that. It's at

tiny dot cc slash DQword

For each of these, at the beginning of each lecture, I've inserted the date that we would presumably begin that section, and it lists the chapters covered for that week.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 1:56:15 PM PDT
Karen says:
Funny -- I just downloaded the book today because I had never read it, then I stumbled upon this thread. Thanks for the link to the Yale lectures. Hope you don't mind my joining in!

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 2:00:51 PM PDT
A Customer says:
Great! I'm excited to get started.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 2:14:48 PM PDT
Susan says:
Thanks James, I'd like to give this a shot, I downloaded the lectures as well. Not sure if I can keep up but will give it a shot. On a side note, the Yale Campus is just several miles down the road from me but this is about as close as I'll get... :)


Posted on Sep 10, 2012 2:34:34 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If you send the transcripts to your Kindle - use the address so you don't get charged for getting the document over 3G (assuming your Kindle has 3G).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 3:54:15 PM PDT
Susan says:
Pat - did you just cut and paste the transcripts into a word doc and then send to your kindle? thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:00:08 PM PDT
Denise says:
It can take a while to go through all of that. If you want to get one that's already been done, I posted a link above.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:04:59 PM PDT
Susan says:

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:08:39 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Yes, I did. I tidied it up some because I'm OCD about that stuff LOL

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 4:35:27 PM PDT
Denise, thanks for the lecture note transcripts and for your other help. I've downloaded the mobi file and have it in my calibre lbrary. I'll load it on my Kindle tomorrow and begin reading. The reading the transcripts will work much for me than the audio version.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:10:28 PM PDT
Denise says:
I don't want to admit how many hours I spent tweaking mine just right, lol

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:11:30 PM PDT
Denise says:
I just figured I might as well share it once I'd spent my day tweaking it, converting it to mobi, looking at it on my kindle, seeing something else that "needed" adjusting, rinse, wash, repeat...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:12:22 PM PDT
~nospin says:
Thanks for sharing with us. :-)

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:24:46 PM PDT
Alice says:
Ive never done anything like this before. I normally read a book every other week, so I'm going to give this a try. I will try to snag the files tomorrow since I'm at the hospital with a friend tonight.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:41:15 PM PDT
FL Karin says:
Denise, I am amazed at the work you have done! But I need a little help: how do I download it to my computer and then send it to I am so looking forward to participating in this discussion.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:55:42 PM PDT
I will join in too - I would never have read The Count if it weren't for the help of the group, and I'm glad I did.
Now to find a version available to Australia...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 6:36:24 PM PDT
Denise says:
Click on the download link to get it to your computer. Once you have downloaded the file you can go one of two ways:

1) email it to yourself at your address
Or, probably easier
2) side load it directly to your kindle
With your kindle connected to your computer via the USB cable, open the icon on your desktop then drag the file and drop it directly onto the folder labeled "Documents". Eject your kindle and it will now show up in your list of books.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 7:44:05 PM PDT
For anyone interested in a supplemental Spanish history text, the one used the the Yale course is available for Kindle, priced at $11.40: Imperial Spain 1469-1716

I also found a free Spanish history textbook on Project Guterberg, originally published in 1918, which looks pretty good:

Another book which I own and recommend is this one: Spain: A Unique History It's a survey of Spanish history from the Islamic invasion in 711 to modern times. The thing I like most about this book is that it was written for general audiences, rather than as a textbook. It was reading this book that inspired me to undertake reading Don Quixote.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 7:51:44 PM PDT
The Rutherford translation mentioned in the lecture is available for $9.69, in case anyone is interested.

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