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Monsignor Quixote

a novel by Graham Green

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  • Mar 6, 2013
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"How do you maintain your faith?"

"I know God exists."


"I know God exists. I touch him."

"Well...is he soft or hard?"
(not quoted verbatim)

These kind of witty exchanges are common in this humorous novel by English author Graham Green. A retelling (continuation? spinoff?) of the Don Quixote myth, the novel is an account of the end of the life of a parish priest (monsignor) in Spain, including his struggles with faith and his attempts to explore what the world has to offer. The Sancho character is a former mayor and a devout communist. The two go on a road trip with a lot of funny incidents, and get involved in lots of discussions about communism, Christianity and Don Quixote. Since it's very dialogue heavy, it can get a bit slow at times. But overall, it was a very good read and a moving story which will probably have more to offer to those intimately familiar with the subject matter being discussed.
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March 06, 2013
Hm thanks for sharing this. interesting
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1st edition (UK) Author(s) Graham Greene Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Comedy novel Publisher The Bodley Head (UK)
Simon & Schuster (US) Publication date 16 September 1982 (UK)
27 September 1982 (US) Media type Print (Hardcover) Pages 221 pp ISBN 0-671-45818-3 OCLC Number 8474441 Dewey Decimal 823/.912 19 LC Classification PR6013.R44 M6 1982

Monsignor Quixote is a novel by Graham Greene, published in 1982. The book is a pastiche of the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes with many moments of hilarious comedy, but also offers reflection on matters such as life after a dictatorship, Communism, and the Catholic faith.

Plot summary

Father Quixote, a parish priest in the little town of El Toboso in Spain's La Mancha region, regards himself as a descendant of Cervantes' character of the same name, even if people point out to him that Don Quixote was a fictitious character. One day, he helps and gives food to a mysterious Italian bishop whose car has broken down. Shortly afterwards, he is given the title of monsignor by the Pope, much to the surprise of his bishop who looks upon Father Quixote's activities rather with suspicion. He urges the priest to take a holiday, and so Quixote embarks upon a voyage through Spain with his old Seat 600 called "Rocinante" and in the company of the Communist ex-mayor of El Toboso (who, of course, is nicknamed "Sancho"). In the...

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