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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Oct 17, 09

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Boy was it long, but boy was it worth it! The mad-cap antics of the ever-distracted Quixote and the comedic foil of the proverb-spinning Sancho Panza provide an treasure trove of literary delight almost as bottomless as the Cave of Montesinos itself. The thread which runs through the entire work is an examination of the fine line which exists between madness and heroic genius; between hopeless idealism and indefatigable devotion; between pure fantasy and all-too-fantastic reality. Is the Man of La Mancha a lone maniac, or is he the one truly sane person left in an entire world gone mad? If events seem to be resolved in favor of the former conclusion time and again, lingering and gnawing doubts as to the possibility of the latter are never completely put to rest. In the tradition of epic works of literature, it has significant breadth as well as depth, managing to comment upon almost every branch of knowledge and almost every aspect of the human condition at one point or other. And, much like the Histories of Herodotus, its infamous digressions and lengthy subplots are an essential component of its charm.
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