Don Quixote

by Miguel De Cervantes

Random House Publishing Group | October 31, 2000 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Don Quixote is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
"Don Quixote is practically unthinkable as a living being," said novelist Milan Kundera. "And yet, in our memory, what character is more alive?"

Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. This Modern Library edition presents the acclaimed Samuel Putnam translation of the epic tale, complete with notes, variant readings, and an Introduction by the translator.

The debt owed to Cervantes by literature is immense. From Milan Kundera: "Cervantes is the founder of the Modern Era. . . . The novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes." Lionel Trilling observed: "It can be said that all prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote." Vladmir Nabokov wrote: "Don Quixote is greater today than he was in Cervantes's womb. [He] looms so wonderfully above the skyline of literature, a gaunt giant on a lean nag, that the book lives and will live through [his] sheer vitality. . . . He stands for everything that is gentle, forlorn, pure, unselfish, and gallant. The parody has become a paragon." And V. S. Pritchett observed: "Don Quixote begins as a province, turns into Spain, and ends as a universe. . . . The true spell of Cervantes is that he is a natural magician in pure story-telling."

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Published: October 31, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067964122X

ISBN - 13: 9780679641223

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Graphic Adaptation Reason for Reading: I am quickly becoming a fan of this publisher, and I love well-done graphic retellings of classics. I have never read the original Don Quixote, though I intend to one day. I have, however, read a very old children's retelling from the late 1880s by, I believe, Alfred J. Church. The story I read here in the graphic novel was identical to the one I had previously read before. From these adaptations I presume I am just missing some of the more bawdy aspects of the story, which are certainly hinted at in this adaptation. A wonderful, funny story that would make a fantastic introduction to the story of Don Quixote. As seems the pattern with Campfire's Classic series the book starts with a brief biography of Cervantes then gives us a main character's page before staring in with the story. The illustration is very nicely done showing us the 1500s way of life and when Quixote, in his madness, imagines he is in the grand old days of chivalry, there is a wavy line and a lightening in the colour to show us Quixote's distorted view of the same scenes as he imagines "common" women as ladies and windmills as giants. I really enjoyed this one! Am also looking forward to my next Campfire graphic read.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasant Surprise! I had heard of this book many, many years ago but never considered it a read for myself. i recently found an old student copy in some boxes during a move and just started reading. i found myself captivated! i immediately ordered this large, hardcover edition (I prefer hardcover for my library display) and have been enjoying it immensely. This a very witty, comedic story of adventure. this particular translation is very readable with good footnotes where required. don quixote is so, so funny and he has a wonderful support character in sancho, his loyal sidekick who has his fair share of witty interjections. all of the characters, and there are many, add their own personal flavor as they relate their own stories of adventure..the characters are all quite serious quixote is quite serious while trying to live out his life as a knight errant, striving to follow the rules of chivalry. i highly recommend this book, this translation in particular, if you are one who likes wit and humor and doesn`t mind a long, long read.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Translation! Don Quixote de la Mancha is a great stroy in itself but many cannot read the original story because it is in Spanish. But this translation by Edith Grossman really captures the essence of the original. Love this book!
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the time! This book may be intimidating, but you'd be surprised how accessible it is! This is a wonderful translation that's very easy to read. Hilarious, and completely worth the time you put into reading it!
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the time The casual reader might be intimidated by a) Don Quixote's reputation as a classic and b) its sheer size. Both of these translage as boring to most people. But Don Quixote is worth the effort. Far from a stuffy old work, the novel creates many of the modern conventions of self-conscious narrative and the ironic anti-hero. This translation makes the prose sound fresh without taking away from Cervantes' style. Anyone who likes novels that envelope the reader in their world will appreciate Don Quixotte.
Date published: 2005-09-12

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Don Quixote

by Miguel De Cervantes

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 31, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067964122X

ISBN - 13: 9780679641223

From the Publisher

"Don Quixote is practically unthinkable as a living being," said novelist Milan Kundera. "And yet, in our memory, what character is more alive?"

Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. This Modern Library edition presents the acclaimed Samuel Putnam translation of the epic tale, complete with notes, variant readings, and an Introduction by the translator.

The debt owed to Cervantes by literature is immense. From Milan Kundera: "Cervantes is the founder of the Modern Era. . . . The novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes." Lionel Trilling observed: "It can be said that all prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote." Vladmir Nabokov wrote: "Don Quixote is greater today than he was in Cervantes's womb. [He] looms so wonderfully above the skyline of literature, a gaunt giant on a lean nag, that the book lives and will live through [his] sheer vitality. . . . He stands for everything that is gentle, forlorn, pure, unselfish, and gallant. The parody has become a paragon." And V. S. Pritchett observed: "Don Quixote begins as a province, turns into Spain, and ends as a universe. . . . The true spell of Cervantes is that he is a natural magician in pure story-telling."

About the Author

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, born in Alcala de Henares, Spain, in 1547, was the son of a surgeon. In 1585, a few months after his marriage to Catalina de Salazar, Cervantes published his first major work as an author, the pastoral novel La Galatea which was poorly received. Cervantes became a tax collector in Granada in 1594, but was imprisoned in 1597 due to money problems with the government. Folklore maintains that while in prison, Cervantes wrote his most famous novel, Don Quixote, which was an immediate success upon publication in 1605. After several years of writing short novels and plays, Cervantes was spurred to write the sequel to Don Quixote in 1615 when an unauthorized sequel appeared to great acclaim. Don Quixote is considered the defining Spanish literary contribution. It is humorous, bawdy, and human, pitting one man's loyalty to tradition and faith against the world's harsh progress. Though Cervantes' sequel was rushed and flawed, Don Quixote remains a powerful symbol that has endured to present times in many forms. Cervantes died on April 22, 1616, at the age of 69.
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