Romance in a Dry Land: Litkicks Mystery Spot #5

Fiction Love Polls and Questions

A great fictional hero roamed the dry and windy plains shown in the image above. His mind was on adventure and romance, and he found his fill of both. Can you identify the novel and the place?

Here are a few clues:

• He loved a woman who was known for her sweet disposition. It is not clear, however, that she ever appreciated his affection.

• He managed to hire an assistant by promising this assistant an island. It is not clear, however, where they thought an island could be found in this landlocked region.

• This novel is a celebrated work of metafiction, though unlike most works of metafiction it cannot possibly be called postmodern.

Please try to identify this work by posting a comment below. As always, to avoid giving away the answer I will not publish any comments until I reveal the answer tomorrow.

NOTE: Yes, I know today is Bloomsday, but the answer is obviously not Ulysses, since that was the last one.

UPDATE: The answer has been posted.

This article is part of the series Litkicks Mystery Spot. The next post in the series is La Mancha, Espana: Where Cervantes' Knight Roamed. The previous post in the series is Joyce's Dublin: Bloom on Eccles Street.
22 Responses to "Romance in a Dry Land: Litkicks Mystery Spot #5"

by Amanda Brown on

Oh man, totally Don Quixote!

by Colin Stokes on

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

by Skip on

The great and immortal Don Quixote

by Shannon on

Why did it take me so long to figure this out???
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
La Mancha, Spain

by BaIn on

This must be somewhere in La Mancha the setting of "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha"

I think the novel that you are talking about here is 'Don Quixote' by Cervantes.

Don Quixote!

The great horseman promises Sancho an island to rule for himself.

by TKG on

Man, I thought I'd never know this one.

I looked at the the photo and saw what to me looked like a football field, so I figured this had to be in America, maybe Arizona.

Had no idea.

Somehow, though, the dulce de leche sprung out at me and the sweet girl he loved. Then it all made sweet sweet sense.

OK. I guess its a soccer field in old España.

Cervantes Don Qixote.

by Luther on

Don Quixote

by Matthew Phillips on

Place: La Mancha, near Toledo in Spain
Novel: Don Quixote

It's Don Quixote by Cervantes. Setting: La Mancha, Spain

by Levi Asher on

For the first time in this series -- many of you have answered this correctly, and nobody has yet gotten it wrong. Good job, people! Please keep the answers coming -- I'll publish them all on Thursday evening.

by Milton on

Don Quixote?

I really pondered on this one for quite a while, and eventually it was the last note, the "metafictional but not postmodern" bit, that finally turned on the lightbulb for me.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never actually read the book -- curious if anyone here would recommend it.

by KKizer on


The metafiction thing caught me off guard the first time I read this great work.

by Jim on

It's the La Mancha plateau in Spain -- Don Quixote's home.

by Nardo on

Is it somewhere in la mancha with Don Quixote?

by Logan on

I feel I may be going with too simple of an answer here...but don quixote? The place...escapes me like a windmill on wings.

by Jamie F on

Wish I had a satellite camera...
makes my Hasselblad look cheap and mean.
If I build me a Wishing Machine mayhap one will fall into my lap!

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