Don Quixote by John Ormsby

Don Quixote

byJohn Ormsby, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Kobo ebook | November 27, 2011

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It was with considerable reluctance that I abandoned in favour of the present undertaking what had long been a favourite project: that of a new edition of Shelton's “Don Quixote, ” which has now become a somewhat scarce book. There are some— and I confess myself to be one— for whom Shelton's racy old version, with all its defects, has a charm that no modern translation, however skilful or correct, could possess. Shelton had the inestimable advantage of belonging to the same generation as Cervantes; “Don Quixote” had to him a vitality that only a contemporary could feel; it cost him no dramatic effort to see things as Cervantes saw them; there is no anachronism in his language; he put the Spanish of Cervantes into the English of Shakespeare. Shakespeare himself most likely knew the book; he may have carried it home with him in his saddle-bags to Stratford on one of his last journeys, and under the mulberry tree at New Place joined hands with a kindred genius in its pages.
Title:Don QuixoteFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 27, 2011Language:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solidly entertaining Translation probably does the book a disservice, but this is a rather whimsical tale of a man who thinks he's a Knight Errant bounding through the countryside causing all sorts of mischief. It's by no means a comedy, but rather a sort of poetic adventure about identity and faith. Also, the guy jousts windmills. Makes a heck of a musical, too
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I would recommend anyone to read this book. Its outrageously funny!
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from In the past it was probably great, but it really should have stayed there Don Quixote is one of those books where at certain moments there will be a line or a section which you find particularly funny, you might even snicker as you read, but then the next few chapters are so painfully long that you physically get angry because most of the situations the two are in could have EASILY been avoided, and you find yourself reading purely to finish, not because you're enjoying it. I gave up with about five chapters left to go and haven't looked back since - it just wasn't worth it. While it isn't the worst book I've read, it is so repetitive around the end and frustrating that I wouldn't recommend it to someone who reads casually or isn't extremely determined to read something like this.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic great book - really enjoyed it
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic great book - really enjoyed it
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice fun, funny, long #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic, but not my cup of tea My coworker recommended this book as his favourite book of all time. I valiantly tried my best to give it a shot, but only got through 18 chapters in the span of half of year. I think Don Quixote's madness was just too much for me. What I did enjoy was the author/narrative's asides and the footnotes that he added, which kind of intrigued me more than did the actual storyline.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Excellent translation makes it a great read. Enjoyable and hilarious!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from You will not get this time of your life back I figured – he’s crazy, he’s sad, something bad happens, the end. Reality – he’s crazy, he’s a jerk, a lot of inane and unnecessary things happen and it JUST WON’T END. This book could have easily been 60 chapters shorter.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Books as old as Don Quixote can be a chore to read at times because the language may not be as accessible to the modern reader. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case here as the translation was done wonderfully. It's a wonderfully funny book.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic status #plumreview Anytime a main character from any for of art can worm it's way into official word-hood (definitely not a word, oh the irony) with word quixotic having it's obvious connection to the titular hero. All within the creation of the modern novel. Hilarious and insightful.
Date published: 2016-11-07
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