Don Quijote I
217 Installments— in Spanish—Entirely free
Don Quijote is a reader who has lost sight of the horizon between fiction and reality. Full to the brim of tales of adventure and romance, Quixote comes to believe that he himself is a knight straight from the pages of his favorite stories and must take on a chivalrous quest. Quijote's grand delusion leads to plenty of confusion and mischief, alternating between the wildly funny and the poignant as he follows his dream of imaginative heroism in the face of harsh reality.
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Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) led a life somewhat similar to that of his most beloved hero, Don Quixote. After a comfortable childhood in Spain, Cervantes joined the Spanish army at the age of twenty-three and served until he was captured by pirates in 1575. When his ransom was paid and he was set free, Cervantes returned to Spain to live with his family. He published his first book, La Galatea, soon afterwards. Commercial success eluded Cervantes, and he held a few clerical jobs before landing in jail for falsifying his financial accounts. It was not until 1605 that he finally published the first volume of his masterpiece, Don Quixote. With this celebrated and hugely popular novel, Cervantes’s legend as a great writer was forged at last. He continued to write for the remaining years of his life, completing a second and final volume of Don Quixote in 1615.Back to top
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Yo, Juan Gallo de Andrada, escribano de Cámara del Rey nuestro señor, de los que residen en su Consejo, certifico y doy fe que, habiendo visto por los señores dél un libro intitulado El ingenioso hidalgo de la Mancha, compuesto por Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, tasaron cada pliego del dicho ...Back to top
Reviewed by fjarcheni on Dec 3, 2009
Ya no hay excusa para no haberlo leído
Sólo le pongo una pega. No salen bien las tildes con la letra i. Un ejemplo: "ve'a o imaginaba le parec'a ser hecho y pasar al modo de lo que hab'a le'do". A pesar del ello creo que merece la pena, suscribirse a este libro. Es un libro que para la mayoría de lectores mordernos, cuesta de leer. Con todo no leerlo, es perder mucho y a través de un email diario podrás ir poco a poco.
Reviewed by albertaskenazi on Jan 22, 2009
Don Quixote is the best book I have ever read.
The Don Quixote de la Mancha book is a Masterpiece of world literature,
since 1605 the messages that the book conveyed, are applicable today in 2009 in all of the communities around the world.
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