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Don Quixote by [Saavedra, Miguel de Cervantes]
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"Grossman has given us an honest, robust and freshly revelatory Quixote for our times"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A major literary achievement."--Carlos Fuentes, New York Times Book Review

Grossman has given us an honest, robust and freshly revelatory Quixote for our times --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

A major literary achievement. --Carlos Fuentes, New York Times Book Review"

About the Author

Edith Grossman is the award-winning translator of major works by many of Latin America's most important writers. Born in Philadelphia, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley before receiving her PhD from New York University. She lives in New York City.

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  • File Size: 2416 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK2MQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
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Despite seeing Don Quixote on pretty-much any list of the 100 best ever novels, I'd always been daunted by the size of the tome on our bookshelf and the fact that, even in translation, the language and style made it difficult to get started. Somehow, the Kindle format makes the book more approachable, perhaps becasue the reader is unaware of the bulk other than via the % indicator.I really have found it worth the effort. Once you get used to the style, the content is wonderfully entertaining, observations timeless and perceptive and sections are genuinely funny (in many ways, its qualities reminds me of Shakespeare's work). Some surprises are the level of violence that was clearly meant as amusing (ear lopped off, teeth knocked out, people run through with a lance - puts David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino in context, I guess) and the occasional rude/bawdy humour (e.g. Sancho Panza attempting to defecate without letting Don Q know whilst sitting next to him. Why not 5*? - Some parts do drag on a bit (e.g. the burning of the chivalric romances) and some of the humour hasn't necessarily stood the test of time.
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2014
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Don Quixote describes the adventures of Alonso Quixano, a minor Spanish nobleman. Romantically, and foolishly, he decides to become a chivalrous knight who travels around and has adventures. He takes the name Don Quixote and a farmer, Sancho Panza, becomes his squire - and his main contact with common sense.

Published in the early seventeenth century, Don Quixote was one of the earliest novels. It is really important in the history of modern western literature. To the modern reader, it is all rather wordy and we ordinary mortals no longer understand the political comment and many of the jokes.. However, every serious reader should have a try at the book because of its historical importance and its brilliant satire.
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To cover this book you will see some very long reviews. The underlying joy of this book could only be created through the process of a long and at times ardouos read. This is because the relationship/friendship between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza is a very slow under-arching thread that can only be appreciated near the end of the book. The clever turn of events makes for a very funny read. It is not often I would laugh out loud, but Don Quixotes' reprimands of Sancho Panza are some of the funniest written, more especially for the fact of the subtle change in SP understanding DQ absurd view of the world. You can only really understand the reviews once you become a member of the readers who have read this classic.

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This book is widely considered to be the originator of the modern novel, and well worth a read. There's far more depth and layers to it than just a story about a crazy old man who thinks windmills are giants.
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I read this book as a young man and it had a lasting effect on me. The idea of charging giants with what is basically a pointed stick is heroic, and the fact that they are really windmills doesn't make it any less heroic.
The "other view" is what stayed with me and the understanding that there are more ways of looking at things that the perceived wisdom is very important i think.
I have just downloaded it for my Kindle and am looking forward to rereading it again; it has been a while.
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I tend to read this book every few years and the pathos, humour, pain and character study of the human condition is all still very present.

with this wordy translation, the translator took loving care to ensure that every syllable was translated. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your views, the novel becomes a very wordy affair. this will take some patience for the average reader.

the translator has written numerous pages about his process and although interesting in its own right but not sure if he needed to match the worthiness of the novel.

Overall, this a true classic and the first demonstration of the modern novel. if you like the classics, then certainly give this classic a try. If long wordy passages are too much, I suggest looking for an alternative version of Don Quixote. a book to be read in some translation or version. One of my all time favourites.
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I read this because I was fed up with not knowing anything about this book other than the tilting at windmills bit. The reason is that this is pretty much all there is for quite some time into the book, so apart from the Novel within a novel" there is very little to say for much of the first book. The second book is much more involved, although you feel that Cervantes is laughing at himself and his contemporaries a lot more than previously. Sancho Panza also comes to the fore much more in the second book, and he has some excellent adventures of his own which added to the fun.

OK, it is long and the humour is both Spanish and four hundred years old, but you can see that there is much that was funnier then and there than it is here and now. If you are discouraged by the length and the material, persevere, because you will be rewarded in the end.
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What more can be said about this classic? This translation is eminently readable and does not lose anything in the use of modern vocabulary. A great read for anyone trying to sample a range of books that must be read.
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