Book Reviews – Quichotte


By Salman Rushdie

In this novel within a novel, author Salman Rushdie pays homage to the 1605 Spanish classic Don Quixote. In Rushdie’s story, a character called Sam DuChamp is an average writer who creates Quichotte, an aging salesman who is obsessed with television and has fallen in love with a TV star. Quichotte, along with his imaginary son, sets off through America to win the heart of Miss Salma R. We learn about Sam and Quichotte’s lives and discover how similar both their personal quests are. I believe that everyone is going to have different experiences with this book as Rushdie is a complex storyteller. I often found myself being swamped with too much detail. With the odd sci-fi tangent, the reader should be prepared for a wild ride. This book has been nominated for the Booker Prize short list.