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Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha)

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Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as the world's first novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the knight errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-centu...more
Library Binding, with Harold Bloom introduction, 940 pages
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1605)
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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...more
Steve Sckenda
A Spaniard of great imagination becomes enthralled with books of chivalry. "With virtually no sleep and so much reading, he dried out his brain and lost his sanity." Don Quixote fantasizes that he is a knight, and he sets out on his bony old nag, Rosinante, along with his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote proclaims his vocation: “Sancho, my friend, you may know that I was born by Heaven’s will, in this our age of iron, to revive what is known as the Golden Age. I am he for whom are rese...more
Alex
Well, this thing is good.

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 m...more
Belarius
Dec 03, 2013 Belarius rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Lyndz
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
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....more
Cecily
Whatever else "Don Quixote" is, 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 the...more
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...more
Jonathan
Don Quixote is undoubtedly a masterpiece, for it is full of so many wonderful literary techniques as well as one of those works of fiction which have survived for centuries. Yet, despite being centuries old, Don Quixote feels fresh and modern, despite being a work that rambles and ambles on Don Quixote feels shorter than it is in passages and longer than it is in others. It is a great book, because we have said that it is a great book, and fascinatingly it is this power in naming something, in c...more
Bennet
My beloved 1964 Signet paperback and Walter Starkie translation, of which I was reminded by a friend's recently posted Quixote review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... am now shelving among other brilliant voices. From Starkie's introduction:

"Out of a spirit of fin de siecle melancholy sprang Don Quixote, the first modern novel in the world created out of a life of disillusion, privation, and poverty by a maimed ex-soldier, survivor of a glorious Spanish victory, whose noble nature and g...more
Philip
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
John Wiswell
May 11, 2013 John Wiswell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Classics readers, knights-fiction readers
Recommended to John by: Ted Hoagland
In short: it's a frickin' classic of world literature. Read it.

In slightly longer, but still short: an amusing and infamous first fifty pages with lots of hit-or-miss thereafter. The second half gets dreadfully stale, but has an interesting ending from a literary analysis standpoint.

In long: I'm using this review space as a journal for reading the incredible mountain of pages.

Day 1: Here goes nothing. Here come 1,000 pages of translated text.

The opening was insufferably cheeky and the origins of...more
John
Whew. I did it. I'm ready to run the New York Marathon, climb Mount Everest, swim the Mekong River, and hunt the nefarious arctic narwhale, now that I've read Don Quixote in its entirety. And I am truly a better person for it.

Until now, I've only read Don Quixote in small doses, reading his battle with the windmills or his mistaking a barber's washbin for the Helmet of Mambrino out of context, either for class or in anthologies. After reading the first book in sequence, I'm ashamed of myself. Gr...more
Tony
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
Apatt
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...more
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...more
Nicholas Sparks
The best novel of all time.
Pollopicu
DON QUIJOTE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I began with reading the Spanish version of "Don Quijote De La Mancha".
What inspired me to do so was a vintage mint condition copy I came across and purchased at a rare book store(Book I). Not knowing anything about "Don Quixote", I was disappointed to find out there was a part II, of which I didn't own, and chances of finding the matching edition were slim to none..
Nevertheless, I was inspired to read this world-wide acclaimed classic, so I decided to p...more
Salma
بغض النظر عن شعوري المسبق بالضغينة و الكراهية و الاشمئزاز و تحاملي اللامنطقي و العرقي و المجحف تجاهها (لأني نُعِت بأوصاف عنصرية لجهلي بها من قبل أحد مواطني مؤلفها لكونها مفخرة لغتهم) إلا أن ترجمتها و لغتها العربية مذهلة مذهلة مذهلة... و مؤلفها ظريف و حاذق... 0

لذلك أبقيت ذكريات الماضي للماضي و لم أدع شيئا يفسد علي متعتي بها فهي ليست ملكا لأحد لأن مؤلفها قد مات منذ دهور و لا يحق لأحد بعده أن يفتخر بها... 0

الأسلوب الروائي مبتكر جدا و خصوصا الطريقة الذكية التي فكر بها ثربانتس لتلافي بعض الأخطاء الرو...more
Judy
Mar 29, 2013 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: 40
What a ride! I feel a sense of accomplishment like none other having completed this book. That is in no way a slur on this book. I have laughed outright, giggled, smirked, felt sadness at DQs death and been caught in the sense of adventure. It truly is a book for the ages. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because I do not plan to re-read it. Its just too long for that!

One of my favorite things about this book is looking at the impact it made on the writers who came later. I wonder if anyone...more
Madeline
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Jessica
Oct 08, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: knights errant; the sorrowful-faced
I really regret leaving my edition of this book on the curb when I moved out of that Brooklyn apartment. I was like, "Oh, super translation and lovely red cover, but it's really heavy and it's not like I'm gonna need to reread *Don Quixote* any time soon..... I need to quit being such a materialistic packrat!" Actually, I tossed tons of great stuff during that move, but this is the book I've regretted the most.

I DREAMT about this book on Saturday night. I had this really stressful dream where I...more
Greg
Reading Cervantes' massive 400-year-old novel may seem to be a challenge analogous to the titular errant knight's ill-advised confrontation with the windmill, however, as with Quixote's famed inanimate opponent, appearances are deceiving. Despite its age, Quixote holds up remarkably well: the characters still charm, the wit still bites and the prose feels crisp and modern – no doubt a testament to Grossman's vivacious translation. However, as purposefully written by Cervantes in the style of the...more
Janet
If ever there was a case for CliffsNotes this is it. 982 pages of wandering around tilting at windmills, mistaking inns for castles AND he never gets the girl. Enough already.

The summer before my nephew's last year of high school he had to pick a novel from a list of pre-approved classics and write a critique on it. I was reading Crime and Punishment and he said the book was on his list and looked "really interesting." When I asked him why he didn't just select it, he responded, "who has that ki...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Here's your chance to have a great time with a book and at the same time get the credit and prestige of reading a really important, classic bit of literature. Edith Grossman's translation is the translation to read in our day and age. The original modern novel. Excellent. Fun. Time to return to Don Quixote.
Daniel Pecheur
"'Tell us, now, who is the greater madman, he who is so because he can't help it, or he who is so of his own free will?'"
"'This is the spot, O Heavens, that I select to bewail the misfortune into which you yourselves have plunged me. This is the spot where the moisture from my eyes shall swell the waters of this little stream, and my unending sighs shall stir incessantly the leaves of these mountain trees in testimony of the pain that my tortured heart is suffering. And you, rustic gods, whoever...more
Felisberto Barros
UFA QUE TERMINOU!
Dividido em duas partes, não se pode deixar de se falar da extensão do livro: É GIGANTESCO! Não é fácil ler um livro desta envergadura – sobretudo quando é o primeiro que assim se lê e a impressão não ajuda em nada. Não sendo este D. Quixote de la Mancha propriamente uma divisão por vários volumes que ostentam aproximadamente 800 páginas com caracteres de tamanho considerável (11/12), torna-se difícil concretizar o desejo de uma leitura assídua, de arriba com 40 ou 50 páginas. E...more
Newengland
At times arduous due to extended asides, sub-plots, and long soliloquies on the part of both protagonists, Don Quixote nevertheless is a worthwhile read because it is more than just a book in our shared literary heritage. What I like best is how Quixote can fulfill many interpretations. He is a metaphor for imagination, innocence, righteousness, chivalry, love, madness, the human quest for meaning in life, and so forth. Plus, he loved books -- so much so that the line between reality and fiction...more
David
My final review of Book I is actually over here -
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I am leaving this "review" stand, largely because the comments attached provide a record of my Via Dolorosa through Book I over the past month. The entire "Quik Quixote", in uninterrupted form, is here -
QUIK QUIXOTE


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When I bought the handy quadricentennial edition shown in the picture above, I was making small talk with the book store clerk about the feasibility of a foreigner making it through the enti...more
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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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“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” 3264 likes
“All I know is that while I’m asleep, I’m never afraid, and I have no hopes, no struggles, no glories — and bless the man who invented sleep, a cloak over all human thought, food that drives away hunger, water that banishes thirst, fire that heats up cold, chill that moderates passion, and, finally, universal currency with which all things can be bought, weight and balance that brings the shepherd and the king, the fool and the wise, to the same level. There’s only one bad thing about sleep, as far as I’ve ever heard, and that is that it resembles death, since there’s very little difference between a sleeping man and a corpse” 190 likes
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