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

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Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants – Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. ...more
Paperback, 982 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1615)
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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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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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Bill  Kerwin
Aug 18, 2016 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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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
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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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
Feb 05, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing

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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Belarius
Dec 03, 2013 Belarius rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2015 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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Nicholas Sparks
Jun 21, 2012 Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing
The best novel of all time.
Lyndz
Apr 23, 2012 Lyndz rated it really liked it
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
Apatt
Feb 03, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing
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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Jr Bacdayan
Jun 19, 2016 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it
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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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
Mona
Sep 02, 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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Lyn
Aug 20, 2015 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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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!
Ümit
Apr 21, 2016 Ümit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Yazılmış ilk roman” olarak kabul edilen La Mancha’lı Yaratıcı Asilzade Don Quijote’nin, ya da çocukluğumuzdan bu yana hepimizin bildiği ismiyle Don Kişot’un akıllara sığmayan öyküsü; gerçekten de okumaya değermiş.

Evet, yazılmış ilk roman olarak kabul görüyor, anlatıcısıyla, karakterleri ve olay örgüsüyle, o dönemlerde büyük bir yenilikmiş bu. Bunları bilerek okumaya başladım ben de, dolayısıyla günümüze yabancı, zorlayıcı bir metin ve yapı bekliyordum. Ancak hiç de öyle olmadı. Belli ki Cervant
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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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Brian
Aug 21, 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.
[P]
May 07, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing
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
Pink
Jun 15, 2016 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
Soshi
Aug 28, 2016 Soshi 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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Ronald Morton
'No sooner had rubicund Apollo spread over the, face of the wide and spacious earth the golden strands of his beauteous hair, no sooner had diminutive and bright-hued birds with dulcet tongues greeted in sweet, mellifluous harmony the advent of rosy dawn, who, forsaking the soft couch of her zealous consort, revealed herself to mortals through the doors and balconies of the Manchegan horizon, than the famous knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, abandoning the downy bed of idleness, mounted his famou
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Madeline
Apr 23, 2011 Madeline rated it liked it
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C.
This is the story of Don Quixote: Alonzo Quixada, an avid reader of tales of chivalry, decides one day that it is his destiny to become a knight-errant. He finds himself a knight-like name, some armour, a horse, a name for the horse, and a lady-love, and later a squire (the wonderful Sancho Panza), and sets off to do good deeds. This makes up the entirety of the content of Cervantes' masterpiece.

To be honest, until recently I wouldn't have called this a masterpiece - in fact, the only reason I e
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Marita
Several eloquent reviews have been written about this classic, so only a few words from me. I loved both the beautiful writing and the humour. The humour that appears to be slapstick but has dark undertones, humour that stings, bites and jabs at society.
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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Philip
Jun 21, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing
I’d like some advice from other writers. I’ve just finished a book. It’s my fourth time through it. It might be a bit over-written, perhaps over-read. The writer found the manuscript on a stroll through a street market in Toledo, Spain. It was written in Arabic, a language of which the author only know a little, but he could see from page one that there was something special about this text. He translated it into Spanish, and then others rendered it in English. The book is a little less than fiv ...more
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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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