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A Search For Donald Cottee

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A Search For Donald Cottee
A Search For Donald Cottee is a novel about individualism. It’s also a parody of Don Quixote, reinterpreting the Don’s quest in contemporary terms and also using several of the scenes from Cervantes’s tome.

Donkey and his wife, Poncho Suzie, have retired to Benidorm on Spain´s Costa Blanca. Don has left behind his incessant self-education and Suzie has turned the corner of her illness. Their new life is parked on the salubrious La Manga campsite and from there they pursue their ambition of eternal holiday. To savour the developing experience, and to make its potential paradise available to all, they blog.

But they can never escape their origins, even as their new future unfolds, perhaps disintegrates into the present. Episodes from the past reappear, reincarnate themselves. Don’s environmental campaigning and Suzie’s quest for business success fill the time.

And then they discover that their friends, some old, some new, some related, others not, are transacting the businesses of their own lives. There is money in vice, more in property, even more in merely trading people.

In a world where competition is the norm, where a dog’s only possible diet is another dog, Don and Suzie are determined to do good works, to be honest and loyal to all, to support what is right. But then, in the final analysis, when the jigsaw of lives is broken apart, we see that perhaps the pieces never did fit. And so, still trying to do good, Donkey Cottee and Poncho Suzie leave us with an enigma. Or is it a riddle?

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Hi there

You can read the first four of the Don's blogs on amazon, by the way, using the look inside feature. I'll say no more at this stage, except that although Cottee is a parody of Quixote, it is also a political and social comment but, I hope, via observation rather than the didactic.

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First, I am presuming that this is just a "teaser" for the novel that is to come and, if so, you definitely tickled my funny bone.

As an ex-pat Brit myself, I could definitely relate to the people Don grew up with - the feel of the village - and the atmosphere of those times.

I was a tad confused with what was going on, though. Is this going to be a daily blog, given by "Don", with more to come? Or is it a novel, which will... Show more

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