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Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha #1-2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  154,206 Ratings  ·  5,189 Reviews
Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. 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 ...more
ebook, 992 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 16th 1605)
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Alyssa I'm not expert in Spanish, but it's extremely readable and communicates the fun of the novel well. Plus Grossman does her best to translate even word…moreI'm not expert in Spanish, but it's extremely readable and communicates the fun of the novel well. Plus Grossman does her best to translate even word play, and it's surprising how often it works.(less)
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Bill  Kerwin
Oct 26, 2013 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I first finished Part I of Don Quixote fifty years ago, and, although I never got around to reading Part II, over the years I managed to convince myself that I had. I suspect this may be true of many other readers as well, for when people share their favorite parts of the story, they invariably mention the battles with windmills and wine skins, the inn courtyard vigil and the blanket toss, but hardly ever bring up Don Quixote's vision in the dark cavern, the manipulations of the Duke and Duchess
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
A book of parallels, Don Quixote by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, through two of the most emblematic characters ever conceived, discusses what's imagined and what's seen, the ideal vs. the real, the conflicts between illusion and actuality and how these solid lines start to blur by the influences Don Quixote and Sancho Panza inflict on each other through the course of this comic (yet sad sometimes...) tale.

A second-hand account translated from Arab historian Cide Hamete Benengeli
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Lisa
“Don Quixote”, I answered, and looked into almost shocked facial expressions, followed by quiet, uncomfortable giggling.

What was the question? If my friends at the coffee table had asked: “What is your favourite book, Lisa?”, and received that answer, they would have nodded knowingly, sympathetically, adding some random fact about the 1000+-page-classic I claimed to love more than the countless other books I have read. But that was not the question. It was:

“With which literary character do you i
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karen
done quixote!!!
pun quixote!!
fun quixote??
none quixote...

and that's not entirely true; there are some rollicking good times in here, but the first part is so much endlessly episodic violence, and while the second half becomes calmer and more focused, it never got my imagination engaged nor my blood flowing.

in fact, although i know he really does love it, i can't help but feel that brian's recommending this to me is similar to the duke and duchess having their fun with don q. i feel like brian is
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Jason
When I read excerpts of Don Quixote in high school, which I think must be a requisite for any Spanish language class taken by anybody ever, I was astounded that something so seemingly banal could be as wildly popular and possess such longevity as this book is and does. At the time, I did not find Don Quixote to be anything more than a bumbling fool chasing imaginary villains and falling into easily avoidable situations, and the forced hilarity that would ensue seemed to be of the same kind I rec ...more
Alex
I guess the goal of reviewing something like Don Quixote is to make you less frightened of it. It's intimidating, right? It's 940 pages long and it's from 500 years ago. But Grossman's translation is modern and easy to read, and the work itself is so much fun that it ends up not being difficult at all.

Much of Book I is concerned with the story of Cardenio, which Shakespeare apparently liked so much that he wrote a now-lost play about the guy. I loved that part, but for me, the pace slowed down a
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Riku Sayuj

The Double-Edged Sword

It is a double-edged sword isn't it, reading great books too early in life?

If we read a book too early in life, we may not grasp it fully but the book becomes part of us and forms a part of our thinking itself, maybe even of our writing. But on the other hand, the reading is never complete and we may never come back to it, in a world too full of books.

And if we wait to read till we are mature, we will never become good readers and writers who can do justice to good books.
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Fionnuala

Can I tell you a story - only it may take a little while because sometimes a thousand trifles have to be recounted, as irrelevant as they are necessary, for the true understanding of a tale.

Chapter I : Regarding what befell the narrator on visiting a theatre

The comic operetta Don Quixote was being performed at my local theatre and I was amongst the audience at the very first performance. It was a very lively and entertaining piece featuring the knight errant Don Quixote and his erring squire Sa
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MJ Nicholls
To compensate for an unliterary childhood (no furtive torch readings of Alice under the duvet until the wee hours for me), I hit the universities to read English Literature, which I failed to study, focusing instead on the local record shop and depression. To compensate for an unliterary literature degree, I ramped up the reading to more sensible levels, and began an ongoing passionate marriage with the written word: a marriage of comfortable convenience spiced up from time to time with trips in ...more
Belarius
Jan 27, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Literati And Pseudoliterati
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a fan of popular fiction. I desire enjoyment from certain factors of pacing and style that the literary elite consider "common" and I, in turn, generally find "literature" to be incredibly pretentious. This has led me to hold what some might consider "uncultured" opinions about various great works.

Which brings us to Don Quixote, which many in the literary elite consider to be the greatest novel ever written.

Did I love Don Quixote? I wouldn't go that far. Does i
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Cecily
May 30, 2008 Cecily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whatever else Don Quixote may be, I never found it boring. Parts of it were very funny, others had wonderful similarities with Shakespeare, some bits were more serious: it's like a mini library in a single volume. Wonderful.

Overall, it has quite a Shakespearean feel - more in the plotting and tales within tales (eg The Man Who was Recklessly Curious, stolen by Mozart for Cosi fan Tutte) than the language. In fact, the story of Cardenio is thought to be the basis for Shakespeare's lost play of t
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Apatt
Sep 27, 2013 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I “audio-read” this book for about two months on my one hour daily commutes to work. It made the journeys very pleasant and I barely notice the dull sceneries as they go by. The journey of Don Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza is much more vivid and enjoyable.

I had my doubts about the basic premise of this book. A crazy old guy with a Buzz Lightyear-like delusion travels through Spain with a peasant sidekick. How did the author manage to fill a thousand or so pages with that? Would the
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Lyn
Aug 01, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, may be the beginning of slapstick.

This is regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, and in a universal group. It is very entertaining, and even at times laugh out loud funny, which is strange considering its age, written around 1600, a contemporary of Shakespeare’s works.

Written in two parts, the second written and published ten years after the first, the second part more serious, and is in a different style. Though perhaps more jocular, t
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Nicholas Sparks
The best novel of all time.
Lyndz
Jun 08, 2011 Lyndz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So the reason I read this book I think is actually kind of fun. About 8 years ago I was at a 2nd hand store. See, I like to go to those sometimes to pick up glass flower vases to do etchings on and misc other cheap items that I can be artsy-fartsy with. Anyway, So I am at this 2nd hand store and I see this dark wooden (seemingly) hand-carved character. He is about 10-12 inches tall and he has the look of a Spanish knight of some sort. His stature is tall and lanky, with a big chip in his helmet. ...more
Tony
Jul 07, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
I was in the fifth grade, devouring The Hardy Boys and Chip Hilton, on the cusp of adolescence, when a nun put this in my hands. Holding the thickness, I wondered at the malicious minds that devised new tortures for parochial education. But soon, a few chapters in, the world turned for me, colors changed; things and people, I realized, were not what they seemed. So, when I smile softly, or bristle instead, at the passing panoply, the quotidian things in life, it's because long ago someone laid C ...more
Edward
Introduction
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Chronology
A Note on the Text


--The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha

Notes
Jr Bacdayan
Mar 23, 2013 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CHAPTER XOXO

IN WHICH THE FAMOUS DON QUIXOTE AND HIS SQUIRE SANCHO PANZA TIME-TRAVEL AND DISCOVER THE INTERNET

Now as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were on their way to Saragossa, they chanced upon a certain madman raving on the road, the said madman wearing a robe of tattered condition repeatedly bellowed shouts of “To kill an infidel is not murder; it is the path to heaven!” Sancho, hearing the madman was not a little amused. But Don Quixote was quite perplexed. He said to Sancho, “By God, the
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Mona
Jul 30, 2015 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Volume II, but Volume I is Tedious



Illustration above: Don Quixote goes mad from reading books on chivalry. Engraving by Gustave Dore, Public Domain.

"A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination."


Classic Novel about a Crazy Self-Appointed "Knight Errant" and His Squire

Don Quixote Volume I was published in Spanish in 1605; Volume II was published in Spanish in 1615. They were published in English in 1612 and 1620, respectively.

This classic novel n
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Fabian
Sep 23, 2009 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1050 pages. And not once was I like, "This ain't worth it." It is!

The novel about novels (my favorite motif of all lit is lit within lit... storytelling...you know...?) is actually a novel about love. The three voyages by Don Quixote are obvious metaphors for life and all the characters he meets along the road are romantically inclined, bored and in want of change. Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, provide ample entertainment for them and for us, the reader.

This relationship lasted a mon
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سوشی
Jun 18, 2016 سوشی rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حالا میفهمم چرا لرد بایرون این کتاب را غمبارترین رمان عالم خوانده بود. دن کیشوت داستان سرخوردگیهاست و داستان آرزوهای بزرگی که رنگ میبازد و بدل به اوهامی سرگردان میشود.

«دنکیشوت از هر رمانی غمانگیزتر است و به خصوص از آن رو غمانگیز است که ما را به خنده میآورد»

از مقدمهٔ کتاب:
دنکیشوت مظهر طبقهای است که قدرت و شوکت خود را از دست داده و رو به زوال میرود، ولی نمیتواند این زوال را باور کند و یا اینکه نمیخواهد آن را به روی خود بیاورد. همین است که دنکیشوت، نجیبزادهٔ مفلوک ناتوان، شمشیر میبندد و زره میپوشد
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[P]
Apr 23, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
In the north of England there once lived a middling sort of gentleman, who, due to a kind of cantankerous disinterest in the human race, was very much taken with reading, so much so, in fact, that he believed that he had read every novel that was worth reading. He had, to the astonishment of the online community, read In Search of Lost Time, Anna Karenina, Henry James’ later novels, The Iliad, The Magic Mountain, and so on, multiple times, and as a result the unfortunate man’s brains became addl ...more
Lizzy
There is probably nothing more that I can say about Don Quixote that hasn't already been said. Only that among all the classics that I read Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra' s story makes me cry and makes me laugh. Not an easy achievement. Each time that I revisit this amazing book, I am conquered all over again.

For that and much more, it's of my all time favorites!
Brian
Mar 24, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Look, I am not going to try to convince you to read this novel. Like Ulysses, it's historical importance creates its own polarity that will either repel or attract; so if you come to this masterwork with the proper field alignment the attraction will be undeniable and you will be subsumed by the codex for the western novel, entertained by the original buddy story and frustrated by the abject cruelty of a world that takes advantage of Quixote's mad sanity for some laughs.
Bastet
Notas tomadas mientras leía el Quijote

· Referencias literarias: Cantar de Mio Cid, Amadís de Gaula, los tres Orlandos (Orlando innamorato, de Boiardo; Orlando furioso, de Ariosto; y Orlando en Grecia), Homero, Petrarca, Horacio, Séneca, Ovidio, Tirante el Blanco, el Inferno de Dante, la Eneida, el ejemplar de la Ilíada corregido por Aristóteles que guardaba Alejandro Magno bajo su almohada, el Lazarillo de Tormes, La Galatea, el ciclo artúrico de los caballeros de la Tabla Redonda y el ciclo de
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Pink
Oct 30, 2012 Pink rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many laugh out loud moments in this book, with the non-stop adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho. Although at times it did feel like it was never going to end. Every time I sighed and couldn't believe they were getting into the same scrapes again, the story took a twist with new characters and a short digression to keep me interested. My feelings towards Don Quixote and Sancho changed throughout and whereas I started out shaking my head about their idiocy, by the end I had a slight su ...more
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Νατάσσα
Nov 11, 2016 Νατάσσα rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chrissie

One star means, here at GR, that the reader did not like the book. No, I do not like this book. IF I cannot bear to listen to it to the very end how can I even say it was OK? I have listened to seven of thirty-six hours of the unabridged audiobook version translated by Tobias Smollett and narrated by the talented Robert Whitfield/Simon Vance. I cannot continue. I have given this enough of my time. My good friends know that I often will struggle through a book that is displeasing me. Why? To give
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Ahmad Sharabiani
992. Don Quixote = Don Quijote de La mancha, Miguel de Cervantes
دن کیشوت - سر وانتس (روایت + نیل) ادبیات اسپانیا
عنوان: دون کیشوت؛ نویسنده: سروانتس؛ مترجم: محمد قاضی؛ تهران، انتشارات نیل، 1349 ؛ دو جلد جمعا در 1286 صفحه؛ یکی از کتابهای مجموعه ی ده رمان بزرگ جهان
عنوان: دون کیخوته (دن کیشوت)؛ نویسنده: سروانتس؛ مترجم: کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، روزگار، 1390 ؛ دو جلد حدود 1300 ص؛ شابک دوره: 9789643741259؛
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel.

It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares. His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of cordoban descent. Little is known of his mother Leonor de Cortinas, except that she was a native of Arganda del
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