Book: Guy Ridley by Richard Frenchcategories: Book, Short Story, Don Quixote, University Life, Middle Age Dilemmas, Mental Illness, Demon Obsession, Literary Fiction
Richard Frenchabout this book: Guy Ridley has come to think of himself as an ordinary person, something like Everyman in the old play. He knows that the problems and challenges that he must deal with are sign of his humanity.
He operates a used bookstore on the edge of a large university. He is separated but not divorced from the wife he loves. He wants to get to the bottom of the scandal that drove her from the university to a school in California. He writes sketches about university people that are included with the account of his life. A kind of mental illness troubles him at times and brings him moments when he is convinced that demons plague him. He is a great reader and loves the story of Don Quixote. He believes that Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza will fight his demon enemies on his behalf. In addition, he likes to do good to the people who come his way.
What would he want to do for us? He hopes that his sketches will entertain and encourage us. He also hopes that the story of his life will inspire us. If a wounded man like him can make something of his talents, so can we, and chances are we will do even better. Guy would like that.
Does his story have a message? Like Quixote, he gets involved in public life, namely problems at the university. His campaign takes time and doesn't go the way he wants. Unlike Quixote, he is a writing man and hopes that his exploits will feed his creativity. Does he really need to make this extra effort? No one has asked him to. Shouldn't artists stick to their craft and let their talents lead them to subject matter?
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