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Don Quixote 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. Quixote'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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Miguel de Cervantes [Saavedra]
Idle reader: thou mayest believe me without any oath that I would this book, as it is the child of my brain, were the fairest, gayest, and cleverest that could be imagined. But I could not counteract Nature's law that everything shall beget its like; and what, then, ...
Reviewed by LisaHill on Sep 14, 2009
I think I missed the point of it all.....
It took me four months (reading other things as well, but still a mightly long time to be reading a book) and I don't think I've done it justice, but for what it's worth, here's my review http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/don-quixote-by-miguel-de-cervantes/
Reviewed by Sigismunda on Sep 4, 2008
The Tobias Smollett translation of Don Quixote is both antiquated and devious. Three better translations: Ormsby, Raffel, & Grossman. Can you try for any of these?
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