Don Quijote De La Mancha (I) (El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de La Mancha #1)
First, an organizational note. I actually read this in parallel, in the original Spanish, and in the Penguin Classics English translation by J.M. Cohen. Anyone who is interested can follow my tortured progress through Book I at the link below:
In this review, I will attempt a coherent summary of my reaction to Book I, and in the process try to justify my two-star rating.
Let me start by saying that I really gave it my best shot. I can't think of another book...more
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'There is nothing in life more powerful than this piece of fiction. It is still the final and the greatest expression of human thought, the most bitter irony that a human is capable of expressing; and if the world came to an end and people were asked somewhere there: ‘Well, did you understand anything about...more
Tirando isso, o livro é OK... Não achei que fosse tudo aquilo que dizem dele mas lê-se bem.
The portuguese edition by Biblioteca Editores Independentes has too many notes ... I spent half the time to go see what was the note only to find it was just...more
El Ingenioso Hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha I y II, por Pierre Menard...¿o fue Cide Hamete Benengeli?, no, creo que en parte fueAlonso Fernández de Avellaneda, pero por las dudas (?) lo dejo en Miguel de Cervantes.
Siempre supe que tendría que leerlo en algún momento, cuando me obligaron a hacerlo en el liceo, lo esquive escribiendo un ensayo sobre la influencia que tuvo tanto en la literatura como en la cultura popular, don Quijote.
Pero, creo que
llego el momentoes tiempo de que lo lea. En par
Much of the humor still holds up after all this time--particularly the low comedy, like slapstick humor (the book also has its share of more subtle satire and situational comedy, some of which I'm sure was lost on me). To fully appreciate it, though, you need to have some understanding of the kind of book Cervantes was parodying--the medieval chiv...more
Part I 1605
Part II 1615
Read September & October, 2010, audio reading by David Case.
“Don Quixote” is one of the earliest novels in the world, the first of which relates the quests of Alonso Quixano, a retired tall & thin country gentleman nearing 50, who has become obsessed with books about chivalry, and a fat & squat village friend named Sancho Panza, whom he hires to become his knight’s squire. The second part, p...more
That was such an undertaking that I don't know how to summarize the experience. Parts of the book are startlingly modern, self-aware and wry. Parts are a bit tedious. (Could they run into yet another 'most beautiful girl ever with a rich father unsure who she should marry'? Sometimes my comprehension slowed down to misery, looking up every word on the page until I gave up in frustration. Other times I felt I was really reading this, you know? It got better as I went along and I lo...more
'Don Quixote' is a work of literature that deserves the place it holds in the literary world. It's extremely well-written and at times highly amusing. Although Cervantes style of writing is dated, it's still very much understandable (unlike his English contemporary, Shakespeare) as it's written in prose.
The character of Don Quixote is a psychologis...more
Kiinnostavaa oli lukea kuuluisasta tuulimyllytaistelusta. Sanonta "taistella tuulimyllyjä vastaan" tarkoittaa meistä useimmille (tekemäni laajan, noi...more
"Donde una puerta se cierra, otra se abre"
The story of a gentle knight, a man seeking truth and justice who goes beautifully mad in the process. Caveat: Cervantes and Shakespeare were contemporaries, but CERVANTES IS NO SHAKESPEARE.
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 Rey.
In 1569, Cervantes...more