- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: W & B Publishers Inc. (July 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635540410
- ISBN-13: 978-1635540413
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,402,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice and El Dorado in the Digital Age Paperback – July 23, 2017
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Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice and El Dorado in the Digital Age by Stefan Soto is rollicking fun-filled tale that will entertain the well-educated and erudite readers with tongue-in-cheek humor as they join Don and Candide on their quest to find truth, justice and El Dorado in the digital age. Unique, original, and above all, entertaining... an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover. A classic in the making, Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice and El Dorado in the Digital Age is decidedly and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, as well as the personal reading lists for anyone who appreciates a well crafted literary and historically derived work of complex, multifaceted fiction. Simply stated, [it] is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. It is interesting to note that author Stefan Soto was raised by a Romani Princess and a Ukrainian circus performer. He resides on an English Canal and has no known address. His early works were banned by most right-thinking European powers. Stefan also invites his readers to investigate Cervantes' and Voltaires' original treatments of the title characters.
Finalist (Humor): Beverly Hills Book Awards (beverlyhillsbookawards.com/6th-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm)
About the Author
Stefan Soto was raisd by a Romani Princess and a Ukrainian circus performer. He resides on an English Canal and has no known address. His early works were banned by most right-thinking European powers. The author invites readers to investigate Cervantes’ and Voltaires’ original treatments of the title characters.
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I stared at him, my mouth ajar, before regaining my senses. “I was thinking of calling it Chapter One.”
In the style of The Eyre Affair or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Don Quixote & Candide & their road-trip to Las Vegas is a funny, irreverent romp featuring a boon of cameos from famous characters in history and fiction. The humor is very self-aware and meta, and while some sections certainly work better than others - Sherlock Homes' cameo made me laugh, the crew of the Enterprise less so - on the whole the story is brisk and entertaining.
All of the references & shenanigans become a bit too indulgent for my taste as the book went on - by the time Darcy & Elizabeth appeared, having been kidnapped by pirates, I was a bit worn out and wondering where this was all going, if I'm being honest. There were some problems with the passive voice in the writing style - which is probably the largest reason I'm not more over the moon about it - but I would definitely recommend this book to literary friends looking for a light summer read!
Personally, I couldn’t stop myself from bursting out laughing at several scenes in the book. And the plot is well-crafted, too. I gasped several times as an unexpected twist unfolded or a new obstacle presented itself before our intrepid adventurers. (Okay, so maybe Candide wasn’t always all that intrepid.)
Part of what makes this novel magical is how deftly Soto/Doster weaves characters from other stories together.
If you’re searching for a book with amazing characters, a stellar plot, and hilarious shenanigans, this is the book for you.
This book is basically an excuse to have various fictional characters interact with each other in the modern world. If you look up picaresque novel on Wikipedia, you will get a pretty good idea of the wandering, disconnected style of this book. The focus is on individual episodes and snarky quips rather than an overall plot with the connections between episodes being fairly random and unbelievable. If you like this picaresque style you will probably enjoy the book…personally, I’m not a huge fan (I was expecting a tighter plot due to blurbs comparing it to The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel).
As far as the characters go, some of the characterizations were spot on (e.g. the idealistic Don Quixote and vain Cyrano de Bergerac whose interaction is one of the better scenes) and others were less so (e.g. the Star Trek characters felt like the author wasn’t very familiar with them other than in a general make-fun-of-the-best-known-tropes kind of way). The elements of irony, satire, and meta-fiction woven throughout were entertaining enough to keep me reading, but overall it was only a so-so book for me.
And that's where things got really interesting. It turned out that Dan Quixote and Candide were not alone in their surreal existence. There were Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson and Inspector Lestrade; the entire crew of Starship Enterprise (if that's what the Star Trek ship is called, I still can't remember); the wizard Merlin; and (sadly still sinking) Titanic, the ship. And that's just the tip of the iceberg (bad Titanic pun) for all the fantastic characters to come.
Bonus points for giving all the characters genuine voices and personalities beyond simply copying the masterpieces of the characters' origins. Writing style is just as important for me as a good story, and this book has both in spades.