On the Trail of Don Quixote, Being a Record of Rambles in the Ancient Province …

Read by Sue Anderson

(4.2 stars; 6 reviews)

On the Trail of Don Quixote is an engaging 1890’s “record of rambles in the Ancient Province of La Mancha” by two artist friends, French author August Jaccaci and Spanish illustrator Daniel Vierge. “Both lovers of the book wherein are recounted the adventures of the good Knight and of his faithful Squire,” as Jaccaci explains, the two men set out to record - Jaccaci in evocative prose, and Vierge in pen and ink drawings - their exploration of the landmarks of Cervantes’ “immortal romance.” Argamasilla, the Cave of Montesinos, Ruidera, the windmills at Crijitano, and the rugged mountain pass of Despeñaperros are among the places Jaccaci and Vierge visited, tramping on foot, or jolting along by mule cart, accompanied in the back country by armed Guardias Civiles. In the 1890’s, before super highways and tourists, Jaccaci could write: “it is incredible how few changes have taken place in the home of the hero since the days of his wanderings. The customs, the character, the manner of dress, and the speech of its inhabitants, have remained practically unchanged . . .” This is a relaxing read for anyone who enjoys good travel books.
(Introduction by Sue Anderson) (3 hr 23 min)


0 - Dedication, Preface, List of Illustrations 22:01 Read by Sue Anderson
1 - On the Road to Argamasilla 21:11 Read by Sue Anderson
2 - Argamasilla 26:03 Read by Sue Anderson
3 - The Cave of Montesinos 19:26 Read by Sue Anderson
4 - Monteil 17:30 Read by Sue Anderson
5 - El Toboso 20:55 Read by Sue Anderson
6 - Campo de Crijitano 23:03 Read by Sue Anderson
7 - The Morena 31:14 Read by Sue Anderson
8 - Los Molinos and Venta de Cardenas 22:18 Read by Sue Anderson


Dreamscape of a strange land

(5 stars)

The writer uses just enough well chosen words to describe and impress upon the listener the magical vistas peopled by fascinating beings who amplify the hum of the earth. Reader is clear, evocative just enough, and skillfully pronounces the Spanish words peppering the narrative. If I didnt already spend half my vacation day lying in bed listening to the whole book, I would repeat it right now.

Such a Treat!

(5 stars)

A truly delightful tale having to do with the Man from La Mancha. I listened to it in one sitting (actually laying down) and was sorry to hear it end. The reader does an outstanding job. So I give this 5 stars.