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a beautifully written and humorous classic,
This review is from: Don Quixote (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
as classic works of literature go this is one that many people talk of and being written back in early 17th century spain and being almost 800 pages it can look a daunting read. nevertheless i was intrigued by it so decided to give it a go.
the story is about a middle aged noble man in spain who having read just about every single knightly romance book and song there ever was become totally obsessed with knight errantry and eventually resolves to set out on his own adventures and revive the long forgotten duty of knight errantry which was of knights traveling freely to help all those in need, save damsels in distress and all the other sort of things we hear in knightly romance books. Don Quixote with his rusty old suit of armour, his thin old horse Rosinante and his rustic companion and squire Sancho Panza set out then in quest of adventure. what follows is some of the most ridiculous misadventures and hilarious incidents that have ever befallen two men. the whole book is written in a sarcastic style that always talks of Don Quixote's great bravery and honour in his deeds while all the while describes one ridiculous event after another that had me laughing all the way though. the book is divided into two parts as the author wrote one first before waiting many years until writing the sequel which are both together in today's version. i found the first part the better and a lot more humorous, the charging at the windmills which are mistaken for giants, the Dons insistence that every Inn he stops at is a castle, that every country wench is a princess, the flock of sheep in the distance mistaken for an advancing army and my favorite one the great adventure of unparalleled danger of the fulling mill. the second book tells of his second sally out in look of adventure and tells of more ridiculous misadventures and sarcastic events. i didn't find the second book as humorous as the first although it was still well written, i would give the first part 5/5 while the second part 4/5.
this book is a classic of western literature and should be read by all lovers of great classics and even those just looking for a merry read. while the book feels like it drags on at times and the old Shakespearean style of writing makes its a slow read at times yet the author is brilliant in his jests and the way he describes and expresses so many things that makes the story and characters come alive.