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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote (edition 2003)

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)
Title:Don Quixote
Authors:Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Info:Penguin Books, Paperback, 1023 pages
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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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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    Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene (hdcclassic)
    hdcclassic: A modern-day retelling.
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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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    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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    The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (keremix)
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    Roland furieux, T. 1 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 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Othemts)
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    The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (Rubbah)
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    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (ateolf)
  10. 20
    Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (longway)
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    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.
  12. 10
    Don Quixote: An Introductory Essay in Psychology by Salvador de Madariaga (Anonymous user)
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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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    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (caflores)
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    Simplicissimus by Johann Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (chwiggy)
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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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    Meerfahrt mit Don Quijote by Thomas Mann (chwiggy)
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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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OK, I didn't finish this, but I made it to chapter 23, page 652 of 3112 on my phone. This was the Duke choice version, based on the 1885 John Ormsby translation.

This book can be funny and sad, and offers insight into dreams vs. reality, but the language is so far removed from the original, that much is lost reading it in English, rather than in Spanish.

So, at some point, Don Quixote says that Sancho is a coward by nature. I am sure, that Sancho thinks his master a fool, but still, Sancho dreams of ruling some island.

It's too much of a slog to go on.

At my current rate of reading, it will take me six months to finish this, so, in the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd,

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
'Cause there's too many places
I've got to see ( )
  bobunwired | Nov 19, 2022 |
  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
That row of leather-bound classics on the shelf? Intimidating. Call a book a classic, and I assume it’s difficult. But, I finally tackled Don Quixote, and now, more than nine hundred pages later, I believe it’s one of the greatest books I’ve ever read; i.e., a classic.
Admittedly, this is a book that takes commitment. I could have read three or four other books in the time it took me to read it. But it was worth it. It’s funny (at times even slapstick), and it’s wise. In the course of it, you’re given a tour of early seventeenth-century Spain, at times satiric. There is even veiled criticism of the royal edict to expel the Moriscos (Moors who had converted). In addition to this tolerance, there’s enough cross-dressing to upset a red-state schoolboard. And there are countless beauties seduced by a promise of marriage that was then not honored.
At the heart of the book—no spoiler alert this—are two of the most memorable characters in all of literature, the self-deluded knight errant and his faithful, talkative squire. Their exploits are a parody of the genre of chivalric romance, basically putting an end to it (although E. R. Eddison revived it for his Zamviamvia books, which helped launch the modern fantasy genre).
Beyond this final reckoning of chivalric tales, this book has much to say about literature in general—writing, reading, and publishing. This is a book about books. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, though. After all, it is overindulgence in books that induces madness in a middle-aged hidalgo, Alonso Quixano, and sends him out on his adventures,
The book abounds in meta-fictional elements: it is putatively the translation of a work written by a Moor; sometimes, the narrator comments on what the “author” had written or omitted. Even more enjoyable: this is a two-volume work, with ten years elapsing between the publication of parts one and two. In the interval, another book appeared that chronicled further adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Cervantes was not amused and issued his own sequel, taking care to end it with Don Quixote’s recovery from madness and death. Therefore, no further adventures are possible. Amusingly, the don and Sancho Panza are aware in part two that they had become famous when part one became a best-seller and that a false sequel had appeared. At one point, they change their plans so as not to do something recorded in that sequel.
When Don Quixote and Sancho Panza set out, they are polar opposites: the eloquent dreamer and the grumbling realist. But as the story progressed, each took on traits of the other, until Sancho Panza was by turns sage and delusional, while Don Quixote began spouting proverbs.
All in all, this is one of those books that seems to encompass a universe. The translation by Edith Grossman is very readable. I read portions in the out-of-copyright John Ormsby translation from 1885 for comparison, That would have done the job, too, but I’m glad I read Grossman. My only reservation is that whenever Cervantes has Don Quixote speak in an archaic style, Grossman uses the English from the time of Shakespeare and the King James Bible (oddly enough, that would have been contemporary English when Cervantes wrote) but often mismatches subject and verb. I don’t know if Cervantes did this in the original for comic effect, but in the translation, it just seems careless. ( )
3 vote HenrySt123 | Oct 4, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Es difícil precisar exactamente por qué Don Quijote de la Mancha sigue siendo no solo un clásico de clásicos, sino una magnífica novela.
No le faltan defectos: estructura desordenada; algunas discordancias entre distintos capítulos; algunos episodios demasiado retóricos o artificiosos; la barrera lingüística que presenta un libro con cuatrocientos años de edad; sus intimidantes mil doscientas páginas…
Sus personajes evolucionan y se sienten reales. A medida que avanzas en la lectura, Don Quijote y Sancho se sienten cada vez más como tus amigos reales, amigos que te hacen reír y te conmueven. Cada uno de los dos tiene su conjunto de rasgos distintivos y contrastantes, pero a medida que la historia avanza, don Quijote se «sanchifica» y Sancho se «quijotiza».
La novela sirve de plataforma para reflexionar sobre temas como la distinción entre realidad y fantasía, la diversidad de puntos de vista, los ideales y el pragmatismo, la naturaleza de la ficción, la libertad, la amistad, el amor, la locura y la dualidad del ser humano.
Don Quijote y Sancho se han convertido en símbolos duraderos de España, del mundo hispanohablante y de las complejas dualidades del ser humano. En esto consiste, en parte, la perdurabilidad de la novela como clásico universal.
Un viaje tanto a la realidad mundana como al imaginario fantástico de la España de finales del siglo XVII.
Un libro que se presenta como infinito, que nunca se agota, que siempre se puede leer de otra forma, del que siempre se pueden sacar tesoros escondidos, y del que se pueden hacer (y se han hecho) innumerables interpretaciones.
Una lectura ineludible antes de fenecer...
( )
  serxius | Aug 26, 2022 |
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To the Duke of Bejar Marquis of Gibraleon, Count of Benalcazar and Banares, Viscount of the Town of Alcocer, and Lord of the Towns of Capilla, Curiel, and Burguillos
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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.
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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