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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Don Quixote (original 1605; edition 1964)

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Walter Starkie (Translator)

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Member:Marse
Title:Don Quixote
Authors:Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Other authors:Walter Starkie (Translator)
Info:New York: New American Library, 1964
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Spanish, Fiction, 16th century, Cervantes, -UL

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605)

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    DLSmithies: Don Quixote was Flaubert's favourite book, and I've read somewhere that the idea of Madame Bovary is to re-tell the story of Don Quixote in a different context. Don Quixote is obsessed with chivalric literature, and immerses himself in it to the extent that he loses his grip on reality. Emma Bovary is bewitched by Romantic literature in the same way. There are lots of parallels between the two novels, and I think putting them side by side can lead to a better understanding of both.… (more)
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Very, very, very tedious and very, very, very long. I actually liked the stories within the story better than I liked the story of Quixote. The Lothario tale was very entertaining, among others. And I enjoyed Sancho Panza's time ruling his "island." But I found the constant abuse and belittling of Quixote by others to be increasingly annoying, and when Quixote spoke, I had to will myself to pay attention. I'm glad I read it, but I'll never read it again. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 10, 2014 |
I have listened to the whole book on Audible.com several times. I find it wonderful and worth the time. ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
" ... Gil Blas, and Don Quichotte which are among the best books of their class as far as I am acquainted with them." - Thomas Jefferson to Marbois, 5 Dec. 1783 [PTJ 6:373-374]
  ThomasJefferson | Jul 14, 2014 |
" ... Gil Blas, and Don Quichotte which are among the best books of their class as far as I am acquainted with them." - Thomas Jefferson to Marbois, 5 Dec. 1783 [PTJ 6:373-374]
  ThomasJefferson | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is quite the amazing tome, and always a pleasure to read whenever I take the time to do so. The world's true first modern novel, the (mis)adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza will delight, instruct and make you laugh even after 600 years (and yes, you will chuckle at a few of the naughtier bits!)
But there is something that is so endearing about our hero and his quest to become a knight that always will resonate with me every time I read. I think it is because Don Quixote is a reader like us, and as all of us wish we could imitate the heroes that we see in literature (as well as other forms of entertainment well after Cervantes' time such as film, drama and television,) we have no choice but to empathize with our wayward knight as he travels across the Spanish countryside in his quest to become like his idols. We readers all too well know how the power of the written word enchants us, and so we can't help but understand when Don Quixote, the fellow reader, wants to live out the stories of his own books...or perhaps, create his own tale!
Comedy, adventure, romance, and sadly, a little realism at the end for a dose of tragedy - - Don Quixote really has it all, and is the perfect introduction for those who not only want to read, but to read well. If this book can't receive 5 stars, what will? ( )
  abolton01 | May 23, 2014 |
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Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayala, FranciscoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blecua, José ManuelContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Braunfels, LudwigTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulbena i Tosell, AntoniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, J. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dam, C.F.A. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dam, C.F.A. vanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Riquer, MartínIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edman, IrwinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estrada, ManuelCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fuentes, CarlosIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giannini, AlfredoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Givanel i Mas, JoanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
González Echevarría, RobertoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Haamstede, N. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn Jr., A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Motteux, Peter AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ozell, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pol, Barber van deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rico, FranciscoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Idle reader, you can believe without any oath of mine that I would wish this book, as the child of my brain, to be the most beautiful, the liveliest and the cleverest imaginable.
Prologue: Idle reader: I don't have to swear any oaths to persuade you that I should like this book, since it is the son of my brain, to be the most beautiful and elegant and intelligent book imaginable.
Chapter 1: In a village in La Mancha, the name of which I cannot quite recall, there lived not long ago one of those country gentlemen or hidalgos who keep a lance in a rack, an ancient leather shield, a scrawny hack and a greyhound for coursing.
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Don Quixote was originally published in two parts. This is the complete and unabridged version, containing both parts. Please do not combine with abridged or incomplete versions.
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Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven't experienced Don Quixote in English until you've read this masterful translation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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El ideal de vida del simptico y honesto don Quijote choca violenta y dolorosamente con una realidad grosera y vulgar que no le comprende. Este libro de texto y su disco compacto son diseados para el desarrollo de las cuatro destrezas: leer, escribir, escuchar y hablar.… (more)

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