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Don Quixote

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  180,039 ratings  ·  6,635 reviews
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, 1023 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published January 16th 1605)
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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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Emily May
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

Why did no one tell me this book is hilarious? I can't believe it took me so long to finally pick it up.

Don Quixote is densest in the early chapters, which are packed full of footnotes that should be read for full context. I highly recommend using two bookmarks-- one for your place in the story and one for in the notes. If this seems too much like hard work, I want to reassure you
“Don Quixote”, I answered, and looked into almost shocked facial expressions, followed by quiet, uncomfortable giggling.

What was the question? If my friends at the coffee table had asked: “What is your favourite book, Lisa?”, and received that answer, they would have nodded knowingly, sympathetically, adding some random fact about the 1000+-page-classic I claimed to love more than the countless other books I have read. But that was not the question. It was:

“With which literary character do you i
Bill  Kerwin
Oct 26, 2013 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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
يا عشاق القراءة..ها هي نهاية كل منا..فارس بلا قضية..بطل بلا بطولة. عاشق بلا حبيبة..
بصراحة بدأت في قراءتها مرغمة..من يود قراءة كلاسيكيات القرن 17..؟
و لكن سرعان ما جذبني كيخانا الطيب الشغوف بقراءة قصص الفرسان..فيحول نفسه لفارس احمق
ويسافر خلف هدف وهمي..
من اجمل ما تم كتابته عن الحماقة عندما تتملك من الإنسان..قد تكون راكضا خلف مثاليات...أهدافك نبيلة..
و لكن ماذا عن وسائلك؟

لم يترك سرفانتس طبقة او طائفة في اسبانيا الا وانتقدها ..لاقى فارسنا مهانة متكررة في خروجه. .او رحلته لاصلاح المايل !!ا
ليعود منكسرا
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“¡Cambiar el mundo, amigo Sancho, que no es locura ni utopía, sino Justicia!"

Antes de comenzar a escribir mi reseña de este libro maravilloso, debo pedirle mis sentidas disculpas a don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, puesto que considero una falta de respeto el no haber leído su Don Quijote de la Mancha mucho tiempo antes de todos los que leí y revisioné mucho después, especialmente y teniendo en cuenta de que me considero un lector de clásicos.
Entonces, ¿por qué no empezar por el clásico más imp
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book wore my @ss out! It's funny and good and I love tomes but I don't think I was totally ready this time. Whew ......

The narrator was great on audio but I couldn't keep up in my book for reasons so I just listened.

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤
Can I tell you a story - only it may take a little time 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 first performance. It was a lively and entertaining re-enactment featuring the knight errant Don Quixote and his erring squire Sancho
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
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
May 30, 2008 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
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
Riku Sayuj
Feb 04, 2011 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.
Michael Finocchiaro
Cervantes, Don Quixote. "In a certain corner of la Mancha, the name of which I do not choose to remember, there lately lived one of those country gentleman, who adorn their halls with rusty lace and worm-eaten target, and ride forth on the skeleton of a horse, to course with a sort of a starved greyhound."

Don Quixote is one my favorite comedies of all time. This opening phrase is steeped with irony and sarcasm. We are introduced to the loser town which the author is obviously embarrased to have
Ahmad Sharabiani
992. Don Quixote = Don Quijote de La mancha (Don Quijote de la Mancha #1-2), Miguel de Cervantes
The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha, or just Don Quixote, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears hig
Manuel Antão
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1995
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Addled Knight Goes Looking for Trouble and Finds It: "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes

“El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.”

In "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote is one of my favourite novels, exasperating though it is at times with all those stories within stories, knockabout humour and cruel practical jokes. Simply because it’s so complex, we both admire and laugh at Don Quixote. When he speaks we are
MJ Nicholls
To compensate for an unliterary childhood (no furtive torch readings of Alice under the duvet until the wee hours for me), I hit the universities to read English Literature, which I failed to study, focusing instead on the local record shop and depression. To compensate for an unliterary literature degree, I ramped up the reading to more sensible levels, and began an ongoing passionate marriage with the written word: a marriage of comfortable convenience spiced up from time to time with trips in ...more
بسمة الجارحي
ربما تكون شخصية دون كيشوت أكثر شخصية هزلية في الأدب العالمي، ومضرب الأمثال في الشخصية التي تجمع بين الحماقة والنبل
دون كيشوت الذي حارب طواحين الهواء بعد أن ظن عبثاً أنها وحش خرافي، بورجوازي متوسط الحال لديه ولع غريب يصل لحد الهوس بقراءة مغامرات وقصص الفرسان والتي قادته في النهاية إلى محاولة أن يكون واحدا منهم رغم اختلافات الزمان والمكان
دون كيشوت بكل قيمه المثالية يصطدم بواقع أبعد ما يكون عن المثالية لتكون النتيجة مغامرات مضحكة ومأساوية في نفس الوقت تعبر عن نماذج بشرية حقيقية لم نعد نقابلها كثيراً
Sep 27, 2013 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
Nicholas Sparks
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best novel of all time.
Jan 27, 2008 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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Don Quixote, written around 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. A few interesting facts: (1) The book was originally written in Spanish, (2) I read an English translation as when I attempted to read the Spanish, between the changes in language over 400 years and my own limitations of the language at the time I read it, (3) this is considered one of the first "modern" novels and (4) all the great writers in the 19th century looked to this novel and author as t
Roy Lotz
“I know who I am,” replied don Quijote, “and I know who I can be...”

I bought this book under the sway of a caprice which, if it were not too hackneyed to say so, I would call quixotic. This was two years ago. I was in the royal palace in La Granja de San Ildefonso, near Segovia. I had just toured the palace—one of the finest in Spain—and was about to explore the French gardens, modeled after those in Versailles, when I encountered the gift shop. Normally I do not buy anything in gift shops, si
Aug 01, 2011 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
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is quite simply the greatest thing I’ve ever read.

Jr Bacdayan
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it


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
Hussam H. Aql
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

إنه دون كيشوت يا سادة؛ الرجل الذي حارب «طواحين الهواء» تلك الشياطين المجنحة؛ مصدر الشرور في الدنيا! قبل أن يتيح له القدر أن يخوض معركته الضارية ضد هذا الجيش الجرار من «قطيع الأغنام» ليثبت فيها بطولته ويخلِّد إسمه، واللتان باءتا بالفشل بسبب خصومه الأشرار من «السحرة»؛ ليحرموه من نصره المؤكد.

المسرحية مليئة بالإسقاطات التي تدعو للتأمل؛ ومع ذلك فهي ممتعة وطريفة إلى حد كبير، خاصة حوارات دون كيشوت مع تابعه المسكين سانشو.

بعد الإنتهاء من القراءة، والتأمل قليلا؛ أدركت أن هذا الدون لم يكن مجنونا إلى هذا ال
Jul 07, 2011 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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spagna, classici
Mio caro don Chisciotte,
sono passati decenni dal nostro primo incontro. Bimbetta settenne, m’accompagnasti per mano nel tuo mondo incantato.
Imparai a vedere il bello grazie a te che, iniziata l’avventura, trasformasti in castello l’osteria. E sempre grazie a te capii che anche la più folle delle idee si può coltivare e nutrire come il fiore più bello.
Ridano pure gli stolti. Continuino a ravvisare mulini a vento al posto dei giganti.
Ci salutammo alla fine del viaggio. Sapevo che avrei potuto
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Υπάρχουν βιβλία στα οποία γίνεται συχνότατα αναφορά, αλλά εξίσου συχνά δεν έχουν διαβαστεί από το ευρύ κοινό και των οποίων η αξία είναι αναμφίλεκτη. Ο "Δον Κιχώτης" είναι σίγουρα το πλέον αναγνωρίσιμο από αυτά. Ο τίτλος του "1ου σύγχρονου μυθιστορήματος" προσδίδει ιδιαίτερη αξία σε ένα κείμενο που χρονολογείται τα σωτήρια έτη 1605-1615.
Η πλοκή και οι ήρωες είναι ως επί το πλείστον γνωστά, οπότε δεν έχει νόημα να αναφερθώ σε αυτά. Θα σταθώ σε κάποια μόνο σημεία, εν τάχει, τα οποία με ενθουσίασα
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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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