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Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain."--Jacket.… (more)
  1. 50
    The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (keremix)
  2. 61
    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.
  4. 73
    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Othemts)
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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)
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    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (ateolf)
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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).
  8. 20
    Le Morte d'Arthur by 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. 20
    Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes (longway)
  10. 20
    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.
  11. 10
    Simplicissimus by Johann Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (chwiggy)
  12. 10
    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (TheLittlePhrase)
    TheLittlePhrase: protagonists who struggle to differentiate between reality & the books that they read
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (caflores)
  14. 10
    The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (Rubbah)
  15. 11
    Handling Sin by Michael Malone (allenmichie)
  16. 11
    Meerfahrt mit Don Quijote by Thomas Mann (chwiggy)
  17. 11
    Guzmán de Alfarache by Mateo Alemán (roby72)
  18. 01
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Misguided protagonist gets into a series of misadventures
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The first time I read this major work of world literature was in Edith Grossman's sterling translation when I was turning 30 on vacation in Vegas.

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"Voted the Greatest Book of All Time by the Nobel Institute."

From a Yale Open Course with Dr. Echevarría (http://oyc.yale.edu/spanish-and-portuguese/span-300/lecture-1):
Gabriel García Márquez said it has already everything that novelists would attempt to do in the future.
Freud formed a Cervantes club.
Ian Watt called it one of four myths of modern individualism (along with Faust, Don Juan, and Robinson Crusoe).
Borges's obsession was the Quixote.

From [b:No Ordinary Man: The Life and Times of Miguel de Cervantes|13689|No Ordinary Man The Life and Times of Miguel de Cervantes|Donald P. McCrory|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1328864017l/13689._SY75_.jpg|15820]:

"Amid all its assets, Don Quixote is a compendium of proverbs" (99).

"Love, fate, and providence...are realities Cervantes believed...appealed to every human heart (108).

"Cervantes wanted to offer the public something altogether new..." (184).

"[Don Quixote's] success was immediate and Cervantes became a household name..." (193).

"[Cervantes claimed] that he was 'the first to write novels in the Castilian language'" (230).

From [b:Cervantes' Don Quixote: A Casebook|120269|Cervantes' Don Quixote A Casebook|Roberto González Echevarría|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1355925539l/120269._SY75_.jpg|115805]:

"Cervantes' protagonist has had such lasting appeal because he embodies a modern yearning to shape one's life according to one's desires" (4). ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
In my humble opinion, this is one of the greatest works of all time, but I will provide a different kind of review here. I was lucky enough to read this while traveling in Spain for a few months. I attended a Department of Medicine lecture at the University in Salamanca on the medicinal herbs collected by Don Quixote. If ever you can read a relevant work while traveling in the country of origin, I highly recommend it. I bought the book at a bookstore in Fuengirola where they were giving a reading in English. We toured the Don Quixote trail (there are sign posts of places mentioned in the book). It's a fun way to have a greater cultural and historical appreciation. ( )
  jdaneway | Apr 18, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
This long book was a surprisingly quick and easy read, charming, funny, sometimes a little hateful. It's billed sometimes as the greatest novel of all time, and I'm not sure I agree with that claim. As a first-of-its-kind book, it's certainly an achievement worth noting, but on its own, I think it's more diverting than profound. A landmark book, sure. But capital-G great beyond its innovative achievement? I think probably not. Still, I enjoyed it and am glad to have this classic under my belt at last. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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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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"Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain."--Jacket.

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