I’ve Ordered 5 Copies…

kinnon —  May 2, 2006 — 1 Comment

…of this book.

Chapel-DThe literary world has been drawn to Don Quixote for more than four centuries. Yet the book is hard reading and dull, full of inconsistencies, and confusing. A little like the Bible.

Yet it’s the second most widely read book on earth.

Second only to… the Bible.

I believe our magnetic attraction to Don Quixote is due to the glimmering image of a much older story that shines through it. Look closely and you will see the Gospel of Jesus in this tale of the Man from La Mancha:

We are Dulcinea to his deity.
We are Sancho Panza to his humanity.
And the long-armed windmill is Death.

Open the gates of your imagination and walk with me into that world…

– Roy H. Williams

Perhaps one of the copies is for you.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

One response to I’ve Ordered 5 Copies…

  1. To be more specific, it is a story of grace. A story of a man who refuses to believe what he sees. I love the movie and the soundtrack which has some of the dialogue.

    In the musical before Quixote is taken away to face the Inquisition, he says the following:
    Life as it is.
    I’ve live for over forty years and I’ve seen life as it is.
    Pain. Misery. Cruelty beyond belief.
    I’ve heard all the voices of God’s noblest creatures.
    Moans from bundles of filth in the streets.

    I’ve been a soldier and a slave.
    I’ve seen my comrades fall in battle or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I’ve held them at the last moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no brave last words, only in their eyes, filled with confusion, questioning “Why?” I do not think they were asking why they were dying, but why they had ever lived.

    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?
    Perhaps to be too practical is madness.
    To surrender dreams, this may be madness.
    To seek treasure where there is only trash
    Too much sanity may be madness.
    And maddest of all – -to see life as it is and not as it should be.

    Here’s a man who straddles the line between idealism and realism. His idealism is his Christian hope and his realism is his humanity.

    It is an ancient story, but it is the story of our time. People have dreams, but it is difficult to connect those dreams to reality. What Quixote shows is that our dreams don’t just affect us, but also affect others. His love of Dulcinea is powerful because he sees something in her that no one else does. In this sense he is a Christ-figure. It is a great story. The book is sitting on my table waiting for summer reading.

    I wrote about this last December. Here’s the reference – link to edbrenegar.typepad.com


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