Quichotte by Salman Rushdie


In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love wit...

Details Quichotte

Release DateSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherJonathan Cape

Reviews Quichotte

  • Marchpane
    Quichotte is Salman Rushdie’s ode to Don Quixote and a playful take on the current state of the Western World. Enjoyment is by no means guaranteed and will likely depend on: 1. Your tolerance for chaotic, picaresque, hyper-verbal, pastiched, metafictional, Pomo carry-on. Vertiginous literariness can be delicious or pestiferous, depending on your point of view. 2. How realistic you like your fiction - Quichotte’s fabulism pays homage to Cerva...
  • Bradley
    Oh my goodness. Okay, so you fans of Midnight's Children, behold... Rushdie has gone off the deep end with the sublime, the meta, the satire, and especially the meta. Did I mention meta? I mean, META, BABY.Yes, yes, this is a modern take and full homage to the Cervantes classic, but it's a hell of a lot more than just that. For one, our Quichotte is a self-made man in all the best ways like Quixote, but instead of going overboard with Chivalry, w...
  • Betsy
    Patience pays off...I'll be the first to admit that I'm not always the most patient reader. This time, I'm glad I took others' advice and hung in there!Quichotte was my first Rushdie novel, and it's true what people say about his style taking some getting used to. In this case, the chapters switch point of view, and each character's voice is written in a slightly different style.The other thing that took patience was waiting for the different thr...
  • Gumble's Yard
    He talked about wanting to take on the destructive, mind-numbing junk culture of his time just as Cervantes had gone to war with the junk culture of his own age. He said he was trying to write about impossible, obsessional love, father-son relationships, sibling quarrels and, yes, unforgivable things: about Indian immigration, racism towards them, crooks among them; about cyber-spies, science fiction, the intertwining of fictional and “real” ...
  • Joy D
    This book is a satire of life in the 21st century, covering contemporary issues such as immigration, globalization, multi-culturalism, celebrity, politics, religion, social media, opioids, racism, stalking, cyber hacking, and much more. It includes many pop-culture references, literary allusions, and socio-political commentary. Rushdie employs the idea behind Don Quixote, but this book is very different in tone and content, more like a riff on a ...
  • Doug
    4.5, rounded up.I can't really claim to have been much of a Rushdie fan before this, since the only other work of his I've read is his magnum opus, Midnight's Children, which I marginally enjoyed, but felt was a bit beyond my ken, since my knowledge of the Indian politics it satirized is marginal, at best. And I feared that, having never read Cervantes' original, I might be likewise at sea with this modern update/homage. And there may indeed have...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Rushdie isn’t for everyone. He’s expansive, hyper-verbal, exuberant, urbane, and frequently absurdist. But he's generous, if flamboyant. A solid Salman novel, like this one, is also tender and sublime; he locates the reader sweet spot and delivers a potent, exquisite and heartfelt denouement. QUICHOTTE is speculative fiction designed as a picaresque and earnest tromp for true love. All the masks are off at the end and you are face to face wit...
  • Ace
    Ok, I have not read Don Quixote and now I am pretty sure I don't want to.I found this story dull, the language long winded and the characters ridiculous. I kept reminding myself that I was reading Rushdie (accomplished and successful), but that didn't help.I didn't like Midnight's Children and now I can say I didn't like this either. I am removing the rest of his books from my TBR!
  • Kasa Cotugno
    With his last two books, Salman Rushdie has become the chronicler of our age. His rage at the events of November 2016 was apparent in The Glass House, in which he set forth his disgust with the White House's new occupant without once invoking the name. Here, using the framework of the Cervantes masterwork, he addresses the outcomes of that person's destructive actions, the apocalyptic end of days, in two storylines in which he looks at climate ch...
  • Alex
    I received a free advanced copy from thr publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have decided to DNF this, despite it being longlisted for this year's booker prize. Midnight's Children remains one of my all time favs and Haroun and the Sea of Stories was a very formative book for me as a young reader but as much as those are breathtaking examples of great literature, Rushdie's execution has been inconsistent to say the least. This for me fa...
  • Dan
    Kudos to any of you who read this entire review: it falls into that dreaded GR review category of “I didn’t know what to write in a short review, so I wrote a long review instead.”In Quichotte, Salman Rushdie — among the most courageous of contemporary novelists — dares to reimagine Don Quixote firmly within the context of contemporary America, with, for good measure side trips to the UK and India, all ”badly broken, too, and equally ...
  • Hugh
    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019I am in two minds about what to say about this one. On one level it is (as Rushdie usually is) an entertaining read with a lot of interesting allusions, but overall I don't feel it is one of his best works, and too much of it feels like Rushdie by numbers (quite literally in the case of the many place names immediately followed by their populations).Rushdie has created a novel within a novel - more than half of...
  • Terry
    #Quichotte was an amazing amalgamation of the characteristics, genres, romance, and stories. It was at once an epic love story, science fiction spin, and satire on modern Western civilization, where anything can and probably will happen. I admit to never having read Don Quixote, on which this novel is loosely based, but my mother, who was a high school English teacher, did teach it, and it was one of her absolute favorites. I can vividly remember...
  • Angie Boyter
    Ismail Smile is a traveling sales rep of Indian birth, selling opioid medicines for his family firm, Smile Pharmaceuticals. Since he spends much of his life on the road in motels, he spends his free time watching TV, and he becomes obsessed with former Bollywood star Salma R, who is now a big name in the US. Convinced that he and Salma are destined for each other, Smile adopts the name Quichotte and takes off on a quest across the country to find...
  • Kathryn Speckels
    “To each his/her/their own articulation of the universal Don.” You know that feeling when you’re reading a book and you just pause for a second and think, “Damn, this is some good writing”? That’s the closest description I can give to the time I spent reading Quichotte. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Salman Rushdie’s well-deserved reputation as a masterful writer, but I feel like I need to reinforce it. This book...
  • Florin
    If ever you were worried that your absolutely favourite author (read: Sir Salman Rushdie) will, with the passing of years, slow down or start loosing his magic power of storytelling, it is time to put that worry to bed and start reading his latest tour-de-force. I won't go into the details of plot and characters; other reviewers have done that already, and quite well, I might add. But one thing I will say: this latest of his books is up there on ...
  • Sarah
    Brilliant, beautiful, an absolutely thrilling journey. I completely lost myself in this layered book about reality/unreality, filled with literary and modern references, love, a heroic road trip, among many other concepts. Rushdie has not failed to disappoint and remains one of my very favorite authors.
  • Elle Rudy
    Disclaimer: I haven’t read Don Quixote. Not for any particular reason other than I haven’t gotten around to it, but because of this I’m not going to be able to compare themes, characterizations or anything else they may share. I can only look at it as a stand-alone, so apologies if I miss any obvious references or tributes to the original novel.I think the biggest drawback to being unfamiliar with Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s masterwork...
  • Gumble's Yard
    To go with my main review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...These notes are my takeaways from an event in London on the night of the book's publication where Salman Rushdie was interviewed about his book.Rushdie first read "Don Quixote" at college - but it was in in a Penguin classic translation which was dull and lifeless. Many year's later he read the Edith Grossman translation and it bought the novel alive for him as one that was contemp...
  • Susie Williams
    (thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book!)"Meanwhile, things fall apart as well as people. Countries fall apart as well as their citizens. A zillion channels and nothing to hold them together. Garbage out there, and great stuff out there, too, and they both coexist at the same level of reality, both give off the same air of authority. How's a young person supposed to tell them apart? How to discriminate? Every show on every network te...
  • Michaela
    ---Full disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- Dnf p. 58. Well, it's a few chapters in & we are still meeting characters. So far all that's happened is the author character has put an idea into the mind of his MC, who is beginning to lose touch w/ reality. That happens in the 1st chapter. The rest is meeting the author character & the people in his world, which at this point is still underway. All this time has been spent o...
  • Karen
    **Note: I received a free ebook copy of Quichotte from NetGalley in exchange for this review.**This latest Rushdie novel brings together the best of what one of my very favorite authors can do -- and that's saying a lot. It's a piece of classic Rushdie. Quichotte brings together the story of Don Quixote for inspiration and structure, completely modern characters from East and West, and a hefty dose of magical realism. Rushdie also offers some of ...
  • Sarah Steed
    You’ve still got it, Salman.
  • Candace
    3.5 One reviewer mentioned that once you get past the first 85 pages, the novel flies. For me, it went the other way. "Quichotte" started out as imaginative, literate, playful, But as the novel rolled on, I lost the vibe, something that can happen with me and picaresque novels. I was delighted at Quichotte's creation of his imaginary son, Sancho Smile, especially when Sancho was trying to figure out why he's in black and white and everyone else i...
  • Tracy
    Review to come
  • Paul Fulcher
    “You know your stuff,” Sancho conceded in a grumbling voice. “I guess I’ll grant you that.”… “You lost me there,” Sancho shook his head. “But that’s okay.”Cervantes Don Quixote is one of the greatest novels of all time, all the more brilliant for having been written over 400 years ago, in the early 17th century. Perhaps best known in popular culture for the eponymous mad knight, tilting at windmills, what really elevates the...
  • Patty
    A modern-day take on Don Quixote (Quichotte is the spelling of the eponymous hero's name in the French operatic version of the story). This time around, Quichotte is an elderly Indian man now living in the United States, making his living as a traveling salesman for his cousin's (who owns a massive drug company) new opioid painkillers. As Quichotte drives from small town to small town, staying alone in rundown motels, he becomes obsessed with TV ...
  • Alan
    ‘He talked about wanting to take on the destructive, mind-numbing junk culture of his time just as Cervantes had gone to war with the junk culture of his own age. He said he was trying also to write about impossible, obsessional love, father-son relationships, sibling quarrels, and yes, unforgiveable things; about Indian migrants, racism toward them, crooks among them; about cyber-spies, science fiction, the intertwining of fictional and “rea...
  • Robert
    Back in 2018, when I reviewed Rushdie’s Golden House , I said that I enjoyed this angrier version of Rushdie and I hoped that this anger would continue with his next offering.Well Quichotte is here and so is his anger, there are quite a few nasty swipes at the current state of the U.S. and Britain but I am getting ahead of myself.This year’s Booker longlist consist modernisations of classic stories. There’s Jeanette Winterson’s take on Sh...