Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Book - 2004
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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RDon Quixote&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RMiguel de Cervantes&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R &&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&RWidely acknowledged as the first modern novel, &&LB&&RMiguel de Cervantes&&L/B&&R''s &&LI&&RDon Quixote&&L/I&&R features two of the most famous characters ever created: Don Quixote, the tall, bewildered, and half-crazy knight, and Sancho Panza, his rotund and incorrigibly loyal squire. The comic and unforgettable dynamic between these two legendary figures has served as the blueprint for countless novels written since Cervantes''s time.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RAn immediate success when first published in 1604, &&LI&&RDon Quixote&&L/I&&R tells the story of a middle-aged Spanish gentleman who, obsessed with the chivalrous ideals found in romantic books, decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. Seated upon his lean nag of a horse, and accompanied by the pragmatic Sancho Panza, Don Quixote rides the roads of Spain seeking glory and grand adventure. Along the way the duo meet a dazzling assortment of characters whose diverse beliefs and perspectives reveal how reality and imagination are frequently indistinguishable.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RProfound, powerful, and hilarious, &&LI&&RDon Quixote&&L/I&&R continues to capture the imaginations of audiences all over the world. &&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RFeatures illustrations by Gustave Dor#65533;.&&L/P&&R&&LP&&R&&LB&&RCarole Slade &&L/B&&Rspecializes in late medieval and early modern European literature.Her publications include &&LI&&RSt. Teresa of Avila: Author of a Heroic Life&&L/I&&R and &&LI&&RApproaches to Teaching Dante''s "Divine Comedy".&&L/I&&R She teaches Comparative Literature at Columbia University.&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2004.
ISBN: 9781593080464
Characteristics: xxvi, 902 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 08, 2016

Don Quixote is a book that covers thousands of tiny details and asides to unveil a complete, epic masterpiece of a story, and it never feels as though any of these happenstances are out of place or unneeded. This book is quite lengthy, at over one thousand pages, but somehow makes every page worth the reading. This is a tale that is thrilling to read, and just as exciting to recount years later; because of the millions of irrelevant yet necessary events that take place in this novel, the imagery and broader plot are so densely rich, electrifying, and vivid that the picture of some of the greater scenes are unforgettable. If you can find the time, this is a fantastic book.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This literal historical novel produced by the late Spanish writer, with our protagonist Don Quixote, a delusional old man who has a mission of restoring the social practice of chivalry, going on adventures and usually ending up hurt in the process. Don is a very interesting character. But I quickly got bored of his antics. I know that this has interested many, however, I don't see any profound meaning to the story.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 17, 2016

It's often been said that Don Quixote may be the greatest fictional story ever told, and after reading it for myself I would certainly have to agree. One can never be sure if the protagonist is ingenious, insane or just plain delusional, but it is from he that we get the expression "tilting at windmills" - fighting antagonists and enemies (human or otherwise) that do not exist. The deuterotagonist of Sancho Panza is at times Quixote's most loyal sidekick and at others his greatest critic.

The genius of Cervantes is evident more than four centuries after he first wrote his words. The book was actually written in two parts about ten years apart; the second part of the novel was drafted when a "fake" Quixote was published by a rival, and there are frequent references to this alleged author and the false version of the story as well, "setting the record straight" as it were in the second part.

Don Quixote is not an easy story to translate into English. But this particular version by Edith Grossman may be the most faithful translation that exists in the marketplace. It's not too scholarly but she doesn't use simplistic words either - where a longer and more accurate word is appropriate, that is what she uses. There are quite a few footnotes from Ms Grossman to explain the context of quotations, Latin phrases, and double entendres, as well as those places where the second person plural is used to address an individual either formally or in condescension - something that exists in Latinate languages but is lacking in English.

If you think you'll read this book in a couple of days, you're dreaming. Try two to three weeks. But you'll be entertained as you rarely have, and gain a window into life in Spain in the days of the Inquisition and when stories of knights errant - the would be successors to the Knights of the Round Table - were all the rage.

Jun 21, 2015

an excellent translation and work. very scholarly and yet very readable and enjoyable

Lanni_T Dec 19, 2014

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't find almost anything enjoyable in the book of such profound cultural influence. It was a laborious and unhappy read, a seemingly never-ending adventures of an eccentric and delusional knight...

BigMoose Jun 27, 2014

Absolutely hilarious!

JCLJulieT Nov 22, 2011

This translation, by Edith Grossman, is the clearest and most engaging that I have read. If you're going to read Don Quiote, I recommend this one.

Mar 02, 2009

Widely regarded as the wqorld's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errand Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza as they travel through sixteenth century Spain.


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Laura_X Jan 12, 2015

What intelligent things you say sometimes ! One would think you had studied.


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