Romance in a Dry Land: Litkicks Mystery Spot #5

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.

22 Responses

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

  2. This must be somewhere in La
    This must be somewhere in La Mancha the setting of “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha”

  3. Man, I thought I’d never know
    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 EspaƱa.

    Cervantes Don Qixote.

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

  5. For the first time in this
    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.

  6. Don Quixote?
    I really

    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.

  7. Donkeyhoetay
    The metafiction


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

  8. It’s the La Mancha plateau in
    It’s the La Mancha plateau in Spain — Don Quixote’s home.

  9. I feel I may be going with
    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.

  10. Wish I had a satellite
    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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