Don Quixote

Don Quixote

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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
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2005, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060934347
Characteristics: 940, 14 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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Oct 27, 2020

A nobleman from La Mancha, Alonso Quixano, loses his mind from reading too many chivalric romances. Because of this, he chooses to become a knight-errand and tries to revive chivalry. He rides a horse and serves under his nation as Don Quixote. This book is definitely one of my favorites due to how funny it is. It’s a good laugh every time I read it and I also enjoy learning more about Spanish culture.

Dec 21, 2018

Wonderfully readable translation. Tons of interesting and helpful footnotes for those doing an academic read of the novel.

Oct 13, 2018

Perhaps one of the most influential and iconic books of all time, Don Quixote is a Spanish novel that was originally written more than four hundred years ago. This story takes place in Spain, where a middle-aged man named Alonso Quixano gains inspiration from fictional books on chivalry, and then decides to rename himself “Don Quixote”. He enters his own imaginative world, where he sees himself as a brave knight who seeks adventure while traveling across Spain. The book takes readers on a journey across the towns of an old Spain, along with the “knight in shining armour”. The story is funny and interesting, and though it may seem to be another basic-level fictional story, it has been analyzed for centuries due to its deep themes. The book is definitely thought-provoking, and it is a great read. I would give it 4 stars.
- @Riveting_Reviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 18, 2018

This has been one of the longest books I have dedicated myself to reading in a long time, but it was worth it. This book, about a man who convinces himself that he is actually a Knight in shining armor, is a very funny parody of chivalry. I laughed quite a bit while reading it. Described as mad, Don Quixote and his friendly squire Sancho Panza travel through Spain and have plenty of noteworthy 'adventures'. I thought that most of them were a fun mix of hilarious, serious, and stupid. Memorable ones include: the incident at the windmills, assisting Princess Micomicona, the episode of the braying council-members and the resulting war, and the fight with the Knight of the White Moon. Clearly, this novel was the basis for stuff like slapstick comedy and fanfiction, and I think that's awesome. Both part I and part II had their moments, though personally, I liked part II better because I felt like more 'happened' in it. I thought it was really funny how 'self-aware' these characters all were; they were always up to date on Don Quixote's exploits, especially in part II. I think Edith Grossman (the translator for this edition) did an amazing job translating this. I very rarely ran across a translation choice I didn't agree with. Especially with the inclusion of helpful information in the footnotes, she helped make this book so much easier to read and understand. Still, though, I would recommend this book for older readers. There is more advanced (and some profane) language throughout the text, and there's a lot of complex historical background involved. This book also contains some racist and sexist comments, but I think it's important to remember that this is to be expected of a book from this time. I also thought it was really useful to have read an actual chivalric story before reading this one - what Cervantes was making fun of made so much more sense when I understood what books of chivalry are actually like. Overall, though, I really enjoyed reading this; it was entertaining and in some ways educational. As a novel and as a character, Don Quixote really stands out. He's one of my new favorites.

Sep 08, 2016

Don Quixote is a book that covers thousands of tiny details and asides to unveil a complete, epic masterpiece of a story, and it never feels as though any of these happenstances are out of place or unneeded. This book is quite lengthy, at over one thousand pages, but somehow makes every page worth the reading. This is a tale that is thrilling to read, and just as exciting to recount years later; because of the millions of irrelevant yet necessary events that take place in this novel, the imagery and broader plot are so densely rich, electrifying, and vivid that the picture of some of the greater scenes are unforgettable. If you can find the time, this is a fantastic book.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This literal historical novel produced by the late Spanish writer, with our protagonist Don Quixote, a delusional old man who has a mission of restoring the social practice of chivalry, going on adventures and usually ending up hurt in the process. Don is a very interesting character. But I quickly got bored of his antics. I know that this has interested many, however, I don't see any profound meaning to the story.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 17, 2016

It's often been said that Don Quixote may be the greatest fictional story ever told, and after reading it for myself I would certainly have to agree. One can never be sure if the protagonist is ingenious, insane or just plain delusional, but it is from he that we get the expression "tilting at windmills" - fighting antagonists and enemies (human or otherwise) that do not exist. The deuterotagonist of Sancho Panza is at times Quixote's most loyal sidekick and at others his greatest critic.

The genius of Cervantes is evident more than four centuries after he first wrote his words. The book was actually written in two parts about ten years apart; the second part of the novel was drafted when a "fake" Quixote was published by a rival, and there are frequent references to this alleged author and the false version of the story as well, "setting the record straight" as it were in the second part.

Don Quixote is not an easy story to translate into English. But this particular version by Edith Grossman may be the most faithful translation that exists in the marketplace. It's not too scholarly but she doesn't use simplistic words either - where a longer and more accurate word is appropriate, that is what she uses. There are quite a few footnotes from Ms Grossman to explain the context of quotations, Latin phrases, and double entendres, as well as those places where the second person plural is used to address an individual either formally or in condescension - something that exists in Latinate languages but is lacking in English.

If you think you'll read this book in a couple of days, you're dreaming. Try two to three weeks. But you'll be entertained as you rarely have, and gain a window into life in Spain in the days of the Inquisition and when stories of knights errant - the would be successors to the Knights of the Round Table - were all the rage.

Jun 21, 2015

an excellent translation and work. very scholarly and yet very readable and enjoyable

Jasna_T Dec 19, 2014

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't find almost anything enjoyable in the book of such profound cultural influence. It was a laborious and unhappy read, a seemingly never-ending adventures of an eccentric and delusional knight...

BigMoose Jun 27, 2014

Absolutely hilarious!

JCLJulieT Nov 22, 2011

This translation, by Edith Grossman, is the clearest and most engaging that I have read. If you're going to read Don Quiote, I recommend this one.

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Apr 18, 2018

Coarse Language: Coarse language throughout the book. It isn't as bad as some more modern books, but it's there. There are also some passages that may be offensive to some.


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Laura_X Jan 12, 2015

What intelligent things you say sometimes ! One would think you had studied.


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