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The Portable Cervantes

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Contains Don Quixote, in Samuel Putnam's acclaimed translation, substantially complete, with editorial summaries of the omitted passages; two 'Exemplary Novels, 'Rinconete and Cortadillo' and 'Man of Glass'; and 'Foot in the Stirrup, ' Cervantes's extraordinary farewell to life from The Troubles of Persiles and Sigismunda.
ebook, 864 pages
Published November 18th 1976 by Penguin Books (first published 1605)
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Kyle
Oct 13, 2009 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of 'Don Quixote':

This substantial, but abridged version of 'Don Quixote' is the only one I've read.

First, the notes were endlessly helpful. The plot is straightforward enough, but Quixote's constant references to the literature of knight-errantry, and Sancho Panza's proverbs would be nearly unintelligible without them.

At first, I thought that Don Quixote was laugh out loud funny. Quixote's soliloquies on the virtues and laws of chivalry, and the manner in which he addresses people are hilarious.
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Kyle
Apr 16, 2014 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Portable Cervantes” contains Samuel Putnam’s translation of “Don Quixote” (parts one and two), along with two short stories titled “Rinconete and Cortadillo” and “Man of Glass”. It also contains “Foot in the Stirrup”, which was Cervantes final words written days before his death.

I admit that I did not read this book from a critical literary point of view. I merely approached it as someone that enjoys reading, and as someone who heard so many interesting things about the main story of “Don
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Aubrey
May 22, 2015 Aubrey marked it as to-read-owned  ·  review of another edition
gift for my Ian!
Hannah
Mar 06, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
A good translation and abridged edition of "Don Quixote". As a whole, Don Quixote was too episodic and repetitive for me, but at the same time, who am I to criticize Cervantes? I found myself laughing at parts, but not after 500 pages with 400 to go... Loved the metaphysical aspect of Part II and certain scenes in Part I.
Candace
Aug 21, 2012 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The Portable Cervantes-Don Quixote.
Absolutely amusing, a great delight, makes me smile. Such an old-fashioned romantic. Full of Gallantry, Honor and Adventure and I should add misadventures. I love this book. When I finish it-I will probably read it again.
Annette
Jun 29, 2009 Annette is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i am putting don qixote on hold til i get a non-abridged version. update: now i have an unabridged edition but the translation is all middle englishy. whatever. thanks mike.
Valissa
Oct 20, 2010 Valissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It is very evident," answered Don Quixote, "that thou art not versed in the business of adventures."
Laura
Jan 31, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, I haven't ever finished it, but it's still a wonderful piece of romantic satire
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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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