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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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L'ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte De La Manche: Tome 1, Chapitres 1 à 32 (El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,123 ratings  ·  131 reviews
En el verano de 1604, proximo a cumplir los cincuenta y siete anos, Miguel de Cervantes entregaba al librero de la corte espanola el manuscrito de una obra suya a las cual habia dado el titulo El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, y que casi cuatro siglos despues sigue contandose entre las excelsas del genio humano. Autor de otras obras esplendidas, sus Novelas ej...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
Julie Bell
I understand that it has its place among historic literary devices and I respect it for that. With that being said, it would have been better at half its length. I got the point early on and at some point the theme repetition became tedious.
J'avais essayé de lire les aventures de l'ingénieux hidalgo il y a quelques années, mais j'avais alors rapidement été dégouté, car il me semblait que manquant de connaître la plupart des références auxquelles Cervantes fait allusion, je passait à coté de tout le sel de l'ouvrage. J'ai donc décidé de combler mes lacunes avant de revenir côtoyer le héros du romans qui passe pour être le plus renommé qui soit au monde, en me nourrissant des histoires de chevaleries de la table ronde, du Tasse, de l...more
It's hard to classify and to explain what this book is about.

In all honesty, one could describe the plot basic points, and still not get a grasp of how complete this book is in every sense. It has helped me to discover a love for this kind of reality, standing in the thin line between dream in reality, and the problems of knowledge among many other things.

One of the first books of this style I have had the pleasure of reading was François Rabelais, "Pantagruel" which for sure have some points...more
Book one done!

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
Probably the best book in the world!

Don Quixote voted best book ever

Don Quixote is the world's best book say the world's top authors

The top 100 books of all time

Dostoevsky on Don Quixote:

'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
Don quijote de la mancha es una obra literaria clasica que nos lleva a un mundo creado por un hombre que se envolvio en sus fantasias. Detras de la locura (mentalmente hablando), don quijote nos lleva a la realidad de cualquier amante de la lectura en donde llegas a un punto donde ya no eres tu mismo sino las obras que has leido.

Quizas De cervantes creo la obra como parodia pero tomo un significado mucho mas profundo para mi
Naiya Stewart
Don Quixote is such an adventurous fiction book. Quixote whose real name is Alfonso has a wild imagination. His dream is to be a knight. On his journey to strive for the position of a knight, he pretends to kill giants , save beautiful women and fight other knights. This book is perfect for a show and tell and also bedtime stories for kids.
"Has de saber, Sancho, que todas estas desdichas que nos suceden son seňales de que pronto nuestras cosas van a ir mejor; porque no es posible que el mal ni el bien sean durables. Y así, como el mal ha durado mucho, el bien está ya cerca"

"Donde una puerta se cierra, otra se abre"

Angy Landy
i feel certain that somewhere, somehow, Don Quixote belongs on the classics list. i appreciate that the author took such an unbearable series of misfortunes to the reader in an era where it was probably looked upon as nonsense and tossed aside...or possibly it was a fascinating read in it's time.
after the first 50 pages i had to force myself to continue - after all, maybe it was just a slow start. after 100 pages, i realized that the senseless repetitive monologues that lasted three and four pa...more
Pedro Zambarda
Cervantes writes a lot about a intelectual anti-hero without any logic in the Spain. Quixote is a misunderstood character all the time, by everyone. And he also misunderstood everyone, since the very begining.
Is it wrong that I can only see this as a version of Monty Python in my head?
Oct 10, 2010 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of classics
Recommended to Donna by: myself
Well, that's me finished Part 1, I'm going to hold off a bit before embarking upon Part 2 - I've had all the knight errant I can take for a wee while.
'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
May 02, 2012 Matias is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

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

Don Quixote de la Mancha (translated by Walter Starkie) 1052 pages
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
Deservedly a classic of world literature, Don Quixote is many things--a farce, a comedy, an adventure, a tragedy, a metaphor for the human condition...

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
Javer Hernandez
A work of art. The author MIguel de Cervantes Saavedra wrote what has come to be categorize as the best novel of all times. The many themes used in the novel take the reader to a world of fantasy and realistic events at the same time while maintaing the main theme of the plot. The characters become so realistic and representative of society in the 1600s. Here we have a gentleman , a knight, who sets to live some of the the stories he has read on books. It is a journey that takes him many enchant...more
Gabriel Martins
Este primeiro volume foi publicado em 1605 com o título de "O Engenhoso Fidalgo Dom Quixote de La Mancha". A sua importância na História da literatura é amplamente conhecida, sendo considerado não só a obra-prima de Cervantes como a obra mais importante e influente da literatura espanhola. Já foi também votado como o melhor livro de sempre por um grupo de 100 escritores originários de 54 países diferentes em 2002 [].

Longe de ser um especialista em literatu...more
AreZoO (ShiRin)
دن کیشوت پهلوان سرگردانی است که گرچه دغدغه ها و اهداف نیک دارد اما چنان در دام توهمات اسیر است و چنان نشئه در کتابهای پهلوانی است که نمیتواند اوهام و واقعیت را از هم تمیز دهد تا آنجا که غرق در ایمان و تعصب خود به باورهایش به هرگونه مخالفت و اعتراضی از سوی دیگران بشدت واکنش نشان میدهد و ناملایمات را ناشی از جادوها میداند و این تعصب و جنون چنان اورا کور کرده که برای هر مصیبت و رخداد ناخوشایندی توجیه و توضیحی باب میل خود پیدا میکند. سانکو مهتر وفادار او گرچه ساده لوح است اما مانند ارباب خود مجنون ن...more
Mi sono avvicinato al romanzo conoscendo solo l'episodio dei "Mulini a vento" scambiati per giganti, non potendo intuire cosa racchiudessero tutte le altre pagine. Il sorriso nasce spontaneo e ci si rallegra leggendo le gesta che popolano l'inizio del libro per le castronerie del provetto cavaliere errante. Col proseguo della storia, questo senso di felicità e leggerezza, inizia a dilatarsi. Quello che prima divertiva ora invece fa accrescere un amaro turbamento che vi accompagnerà per tutta la...more
Mi sono avvicinato al romanzo conoscendo solo l'episodio dei "Mulini a vento" scambiati per giganti, non potendo intuire cosa racchiudessero tutte le altre pagine. Il sorriso nasce spontaneo e ci si rallegra leggendo le gesta che popolano l'inizio del libro per le castronerie del provetto cavaliere errante. Col proseguo della storia, questo senso di felicità e leggerezza, inizia a dilatarsi. Quello che prima divertiva ora invece fa accrescere un amaro turbamento che vi accompagnerà per tutta la...more
Marie Kelleher
I thought I knew what this book was about (windmills! impossible adventures! Searching for a Golden Age that never was!). Then I started to read it, and it turns out that it's So. Much. More. You've got multiple layers of authorship, stories within stories within stories, blurred line between fact, fiction, and outright lies, broken fourth walls, little linguistic jokes and Cervantes' jabs at his contemporaries, rivals, and the literary conventions of his day. In short: postmodern novel...writte...more
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Esta edição tem demasiadas notas... Passei metade do tempo a ir ver o que era a nota só para descobrir que era apenas para indicar que era 1 expressão idiomática espanhola... OK!! Eu conseguia perceber isso sem que me interrompessem a leitura!
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
What can I say about this book other than it is the best book of all times! People write books about this book, there is no way I can say how this books make me feel in just a few words. My favorite part about this book is the friendship between D.Q. and Sancho Panza. I love the characters as if I knew them personally. Every time there is a big event in my life I think of this book. I often find myself thinking "wow, I'm just like Don Quijote!" (I'm not joking!!) I love, love love this book and...more
How does one give a star-rating to a classic like Don Quixote? Did the book lose a star for not transcending centuries of ever-shortening attention spans to keep me reading beyond page 200? I found the introduction to the version I read compelling for its explanation of how Quixote was the precursor to the modern novel, and for its brief history of the era. I found the story itself funny and charming, with long stretches of prose that was perfectly designed to fill the long, languishing days of...more
Yasheera Acevedo
Adventurous, exotic, magical, whimsical, fictional, and every old man's dream. its funny and a little sad but it is not boring in the least bit. its like a child stuck in an old man's body, and yes he's lost his mind but he's having a better last couple of years than everyone else because his imagination ceases to impress and he's always on some adventure having fun. its delightful. the only downfall is that its painfully long. watch the movie and it'll be exactly the same as reading the book an...more
É uma estória brilhante e cômica.

A loucura de Dom Quixote resume a insensatez humana, capaz de transformar moinhos em gigantes e hospedagens rústicas em castelos, para seu próprio proveito. Todos compartilhamos desta loucura em maior ou menor grau!


It's a brilliant and comic story.

The madness of Don Quixote summarizes the human insensateness, able to turn windmills into giants and rustic accommodations into castles, for his own advantage. We all share this madness to a greater or lesser degr...more
I am never going to finish this book. But, I was glad I had gotten as far as I have when I read "Lost in a Good Book" because the story of "Cardenio" is of course prominently featured in "Quijote".

I DID finish! I wish I had a better translation app for some of the trickier old-fashioned words, but I did okay. Mostly it's a story about a sad, crazy guy who gets beat up a lot, and it makes me sad that the outer characters find these beatings to be so funny.
As you can probably tell by the 4-stars I gave this book, I like it quite a lot. However, there were times when it grew somewhat tedious reading page upon page of pointless rhetoric, or the pointless views of self-important characters (the Curate discussing the books of Knight Errantry to be burnt comes to mind!).

However, the good points in this classic novel outweigh the bad, and I found myself actually laughing at some of the more humorous situations - something that I never expected!
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote is often considered 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 Rey.

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