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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
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Don Quixote (1605)

by Miguel de Cervantes

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    The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (keremix)
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    Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene (hdcclassic)
    hdcclassic: A modern-day retelling.
  3. 62
    Don Quixote de La Mancha, Part II by Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda (g026r)
    g026r: The spurious continuation, published in 1614 while Cervantes was still working on his own Part II and which affected that work to a significant degree.
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    Orlando Furioso, Part One by Ludovico Ariosto (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: References to then-famous romances, such as this one by Ariosto, provide much of the humour in Don Quixote. In addition to enriching Cervantes' work, Orlando Furioso is entertaining in its own right (especially in this modern verse translation).
  5. 63
    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Othemts)
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    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (ateolf)
  7. 20
    Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes (longway)
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    Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics) by Sir Thomas Malory (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Read the two concurrently and got a good sense of the kind of chivalric literature that gave birth to Quixote's madness.
  9. 10
    Selected Non-Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: In several of his critical essays Borges makes insightful and unique mention of Don Quixote sometimes directly and sometimes in reference to other works.
  10. 10
    The Adventures of a Simpleton by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (chwiggy)
  11. 10
    The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (Rubbah)
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    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (DLSmithies)
    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)
  13. 11
    Meerfahrt mit Don Quijote by Thomas Mann (chwiggy)
  14. 11
    Handling Sin by Michael Malone (allenmichie)
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    Guzmán de Alfarache by Mateo Alemán (roby72)
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (caflores)
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Abandoned for the second time before the end of Part 1. I know, I know--but it's so repetitive and flat-out unfunny. It's the same joke over and over and over. And while there's something archetypical in the Knight of the Rueful Countenance and his squire, the page-by-page reading gets more laborious, to the point where it feels like homework. This is a book more honored in the breach than the observance. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
“El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.”

In "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote is one of my favourite novels, exasperating though it is at times with all those stories within stories knockabout humour and cruel practical jokes. Simply because it’s so complex, we both admire and laugh at Don Quixote. When he speaks we are inclined to share his world view. And then Cervantes reminds us of what a ridiculous figure he is and undermines the effect. Until Quixote opens his mouth again. This happens again and again - until we end up seeing the novel - and the world - in two incompatible ways at once. And the relationship between Quixote and Sancho is one of the most beautiful friendships in literature. And then there are all the meta-fictional or postmodern tricks. There’s just so much to talk about.

Violent slapstick isn’t to everyone’s taste and four hundred-year-old Spanish satire, where you have to read the footnotes to get the punch line, is … tricky. There is not in all the world’s literature, and that of the universe, as far as we know, and if you follow positivist logic, being as no other life has as of yet been detected, two palsy and yet hierarchised figures whose genial, sharp, philosophical and jocoserious dialogue, and whose philosophical adventures, bring them so endearing and humanly close to each other as the “Distinguidos” Señores Alonso Quijano and Sancho Panza. It is worth it to learn Spanish and travel the entire peninsula, which Alberti said looks like the hide of a bull, just to appreciate the impressive genius with which a writer can glean and reproduce in words the soul of his land.

Cervantes also proves being a misogynist does not preclude great literature. Nor does being a violent, macho hypocrite. Hemingway sends his regards. ( )
1 vote antao | Aug 14, 2018 |
I feel like I should throw myself a party having finally finished Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote," which took me about two months to read. It was overall a worthwhile read, even though it sometimes became a bit tedious, it was mostly an interesting book.

As most people are probably aware, Don Quixote goes a bit off his rocker, becomes a knight errant and crisscrosses the countryside with his trusty squire Sancho Panza. They get into heaps of trouble while he tilts at windmills, which he believes are dragons, and pining for the love of the Dulcinea de Toboso, whom he believes is enchanted and trapped in a cave. As Don Quixote's reputation spread, people take advantage of his madness for their own amusement.

While I felt first portion of the book got a bit repetitive, Cervantes seemed to get better as he went along about putting Don Quixote in new amusing situations. This is definitely one of those classic books I'm happy to have finally read, but that I probably would never read again. ( )
  amerynth | Aug 2, 2018 |
The worst thing about finishing Don Quixote is that I feel as though I should have a lot more to say about 940 pages of classic literature that I read over the span of 5 or so months than I actually do. I read too many other things and thought about too many other things in between spurts of reading that really all I can say about it is "I finished." It didn't affect me as deeply as other classics I've read, but I don't think my opinion is going to detract from it's fame and greatness at all. I laughed a little, I was bored sometimes, but I finished it. ( )
  thishannah | Jul 17, 2018 |
illustrated by enric ricart, printed on sumptuous watermarked guarro paper
printed by oliva de vilanova barcelona.
638/1500. ( )
  Drfreddy94 | Jul 17, 2018 |
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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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And as I have heard say, true love cannot be divided, and must be voluntary and unforced: -- this being so, as I believe it is, why would you have me subject my will by force, being not otherwise obliged thereto, than only because you say you love me? For, pray tell me, if as heaven has made me handsome, it had made me ugly, would it have been just that I should have complained of you because you did not love me? (Part 1, Chapter 14. Marcela is speaking)
Heaven has not yet ordained that I should love by destiny; and from loving by choice, I desire to be excused. (Part 1, Chapter 14. Marcela is speaking)
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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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The 17th century Spanish masterpiece, one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written and widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through 16th century Spain.… (more)

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