"Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought." Emily Dickinson
"Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind." #Cervantes, Don Quixote.— Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo) January 16, 2016
Book One of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes was published on this date in 1605. It’s considered to be the first modern novel. It’s about a middle-aged landowner from a village in La Mancha who stays awake at night reading books about chivalry, forgets to eat and sleep, insanely believes the tales to be true, and sets off on a skinny nag in a heroic quest to resurrect old-fashioned chivalry and heroism in the modern world.