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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Don Quixote (1605)

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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    Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene (hdcclassic)
    hdcclassic: A modern-day retelling.
  2. 40
    The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (keremix)
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    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).
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    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (ateolf)
  6. 63
    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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    Le Morte d'Arthur 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. 20
    Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes (longway)
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    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.
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    The Adventures of a Simpleton by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (chwiggy)
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    The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (Rubbah)
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    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (TheLittlePhrase)
    TheLittlePhrase: protagonists who struggle to differentiate between reality & the books that they read
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    Meerfahrt mit Don Quijote by Thomas Mann (chwiggy)
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (caflores)
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    Guzmán de Alfarache by Mateo Alemán (roby72)
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    Handling Sin by Michael Malone (allenmichie)
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    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Misguided protagonist gets into a series of misadventures
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Don Quixote probably was a great book during Cervantes' time, but I found it to be slow, boring and uneventful. In my (humble) opinion most modern readers, used to more concise, faster paced books, will not enjoy this one. ( )
  Hanno | Jun 1, 2019 |
I started this book over six months ago. It took me that long to read it because I read it mostly in 10-15 minute chunks during my daily commute. Reading this book has been a pleasure throughout. The book has a surprisingly post-modern feel to it. Lots of stories within stories, self-reflexivity, etc. I particularly enjoyed vol 2, though vol 1 contains more of the iconic sequences, such as the battle with the windmills.

I really love the character of Sancho Panza. He steals the show, in my opinion. He is funny, endearing, and full of wisdom despite his outward foolishness. I found the most entertaining part of the story to be the section in which Sancho finally gets to be a governor and doles out justice in a more wise and efficient manner than most qualified officials.

Although this is the kind of book that I would wish to never end, I was very satisfied with the ending. For such a fun and silly story it has a very tragic ending. Don Quixote becomes ill, but through his physical illness he becomes clear headed and recognizes that he had been insane, and wasted his life romanticizing chivalric tales. He has no accomplishments to speak of, and no wife or children. This recognition of his wasted life destroys him and he soon dies. In a sense, he has lost his imagination, his childlike playfulness; he has matured, but because of his arrested development, his maturity is straight from childhood to death. Cervantes probably killed Don Quixote for fear of plagiarists that would steal his character, which had already happened between the publication of vols. 1 and 2. But the death of the Don also drives home his major point, his purpose for writing the book, which was a warning against filling one's head with ridiculous, outdated ideals of chivalry.

Some things I would like to learn more about regarding this book:

What's with all the cross dressing? Several of the couched stories about lovers and prisoners contain elements of cross dressing. Is this part of Cervantes' commentary on gender roles or is it related to Don Quixote's own role-playing?

Did Cervantes predict the Romantic period of literature? Don Quixote is a tool for Cervantes to criticize the romanticizing of the chivalric literature of the past. However, the novel also contains a very large quantity of sub stories about shepherds, and Cervantes also criticizes the romanticizing of bucolic archetypes. In fact, after Don Quixote is defeated and must give up knight errantry, but before he regains his sanity, he proposes to become a love-sick shepherd instead. Much of the literature that would follow Cervantes 200 years later did indeed romanticize the pastoral life style. Did Cervantes see that coming and try to head it off, or was he only responding to an already strong pastoral sentiment among his contemporaries? ( )
  joshuagomez | May 31, 2019 |
Despues de haber visto 1:02:41 del capitulo 11 de"El Ministerio de Tiempo" tengo que leerlo todo!
ShiraDest.
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Despues de haber visto 1:02:41 del capitulo 11 de"El Ministerio de Tiempo" tengo que leerlo todo!
ShiraDest.
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Cumpliéndose casi el año ya de haber comenzado a leer este libro, doy por terminada esta tarea titánica. Sólo me resta decir que, en mi humilde opinión, el Quijote se merecía más. Digo, morir así, con todos sus sueños destrozados, no se lo merece nadie. Al final de la novela, Don Quijote de la Mancha me resultó el personaje más conmovedor y triste de la literatura española, junto a Segismundo de [b:La vida es sueño|916114|La vida es sueño|Pedro Calderón de la Barca|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1341266100s/916114.jpg|41702] y nuestro amigo de [b:La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes|61794|La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes|Anonymous|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1170593015s/61794.jpg|362]. De verdad quería ver al Quijote hecho rey de toda la ficción y a Sancho gobernador no de islas, sino de continentes. Ambos se quedan en mi corazón para siempre, en el mío y en el de todos los que aman la libertad y quieren ver justicia en este mundo tan extraño que es el nuestro. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
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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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