The title of John Dos Passos' evocative early novel alludes to Don Quixote’s horse in that most celebrated of Spanish novels that follows the adventures of a wandering dreamer. One of the audiobook's protagonists, Telemachus, is named for the journeying son of the famous wanderer Odysseus. While drawing on classic odysseys, this novel is part buddy road trip and part essay. Two friends travel from Madrid to Toledo in post-World War I Spain, but Dos Passos also wanders off, musing on the Spanish country folk and turn-of-the-century writers. David Crommet performs the text as it is written: as a long evocative poem. It is a journey of gestures and a portrait of a people and a land, painted by a young author asserting his identity.
Giving homage to Cervantes by using Rosinante in the title bringing with it visions of Don Quixote's trusty steed on the path of discovery. Dos Passos examines the spirit of the people of Spain in the years after World War I in this work. The comparison of the all work attitude of the Americans versus the laid back Spaniard more concerned with enjoying life was center stage. My favorite quote from the work was "They fall in love sensually with ideas, with great ideas. They Re incapable of marrying a great and pure idea and breeding a family with it; they only flirt with ideas. They want them as mistresses, sometimes just for the night. "