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Modern Languages And Linguistics To Host Marathon Reading

Each April, organizations throughout the Spanish-speaking world, from Spain to Uruguay to Chile to the USA, participate in marathon readings of the Spanish classic, Don Quixote de la Mancha, written by Miguel de Cervantes.

This year, the North Greenville University Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is joining the festivities. Because NGU has final exams the last week of April, NGU’s marathon reading will take place March 27, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the Joyful Sound Room in the Tingle Student Center. 

Don Quixote, fully titled, The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Don Quixote of La Mancha, was published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection that cites Don Quixote as the authors' choice for the "best literary work ever written.”

The story follows the adventures of a noble named Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Ben Coates, associate professor of Spanish and Spanish Education Coordinator, at ben.coates@ngu.edu or 864.977.7068.




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