Item description for Don Quixote (Penguin Classics) by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra, Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria & John Rutherford...
Overview Retells the adventures of an eccentric country gentleman and his companion who set out as knight and squire of old to right wrongs and punish evil.
Publishers Description Don Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray--he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants--Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together-and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years. With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote has been generally recognized as the first modern novel. This Penguin Classics edition, with its beautiful new cover design, includes John Rutherford's masterly translation, which does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose, as well as a brilliant critical introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria.
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Studio: Penguin Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.12" Height: 1.92" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 23, 2008
Publisher Penguin Classics
ISBN 0142437239 ISBN13 9780142437230 UPC 051488010005
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More About Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra, Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria & John Rutherford
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra was born in Spain in 1547 to a family once proud and influential but now fallen on hard times. His father, a poor barber-surgeon, wandered up and down Spain in search of work. Educated as a child by the Jesuits in Seville, the creator of Don Quixote grew up to follow the career of a professional soldier. He was wounded at Lepanto in 1571, captured by the Turks in 1575, imprisoned for five years, and was finally rescued by the Trinitarian friars in 1580. On his return to Spain he found his family more impoverished than ever before. Supporting his mother, two sisters, and an illegitimate daughter, he settled down to a literary career and had hopes of becoming a successful playwright, but just then the youthful Lope de Vega entered triumphantly to transform the Spanish theatre by his genius. Galatea, a pastoral romance, was published in 1585, the year of Cervantes' marriage to Catalina de Palacios y Salazar Vozmediano. But it did not bring him an escape from poverty, and he was forced to become a roving commissary for the Spanish armada. This venture, which led to bankruptcy and jail, lasted for fifteen years. Although he never knew prosperity, Cervantes did gain a measure of fame during his lifetime, and Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were known all over the world. Part I of Don Quixote was published in 1605; in 1613, his Exemplary Novels appeared, and these picaresque tales of romantic adventure gained immediate popularity. Journey to Parnassas, a satirical review of his fellow Spanish poets, appeared in 1614, and Part II of Don Quixote in 1615 as well as Eight Plays and Eight Interludes. Miguel de Cervantes died on April 23, 1616, the same day as the death of Shakespeare--his English contemporary, his only peer.
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Charming Classic May 7, 2008
If you dont enjoy the classics because they are so boring and dry, then dont read any, except for Don Quixote. It is surprising not like most classics, not how you would expect a 400 year old book to be. Its very readable, with themes and personal interactions that you could find in modern novels. Its written in a slightly comedic fashion, and has many little stories within the main one. Its a pleasure to read, and in doing so you can think about the millions of people who have read exactly what you have read in each of the last four centuries.
Don Quixote is emblematical of modern day politics. Apr 29, 2008
I have read this book several times and always find it refreshing, entertaining and thought-provoking. There is a little Don Quixote in all of us and perhaps recognizing that will do us some good.
Sublime... Oct 7, 2007
This translation is actually the best that I have encountered. It is impossible to bring anything terribly critical to such a masterwork (yes, it's one of the few, the proud, the brave). If one were to critique, it would have to be based upon the translation, and again, I find this one to be extraordinarily acceptable and accessible.
I think it's important for readers to know (after reading this particular translation, or any of the recent best) the very crucial gap in time between the first "installment" of this saga and the "second." Problems have arisen in the past, in terms of translations, when the reader is presented with what is essentially one book and a sequel, but this translation militates against some of the usual difficulties.
Essentially, this is one of the great works of human literature that stands the test of time and remains as vibrant today as it was in the day of Cervantes. Supreme characterizations. Supreme wit. Supreme prose. Supreme insight.
If you don't fall in love with Don Quixote and his deliciously hapless "squire," you simply have no soul. Having read it again, I can say that this is a book that brings bittersweet tears to the eyes...simply because it has to end.
Students of the progressive development of the "novel" across what we may very loosely term "modernity" cannot bypass this seminal, pivotal, CRUCIAL component. To do so would be anathema...complete impotence. In fact, I cannot imagine any serious reader of literature (contemporary or otherwise) failing to read and absorb this jewel of human accomplishment.
When an inexpensive edition like this is carefully handled and reverently preserved (for even the most humble library), the enormity of the "pap" we are offered by current "literature" becomes all the more galling.
Long live any and all "Enchanters."
Absolutely delightful Sep 13, 2007
Funny that despite it's renown, I didn't really know what to expect when I decided to read Don Quixote. It's a sublimely hilarious meditation on the nature of belief, madness, religion, passion, ambition, creativity...life itself.
I did have a brief period early on where I thought the 'gag' was getting a bit tired, but that was short-lived, as perhaps I realized (if only subconsciously) that this 'gag' was in fact a profound device with which to consider all of the above topics, and by the end I found myself not wanting it to end.
Monty Python, at least 'Holy Grail', owes their life to this book, and in fact I couldn't stop picturing John Cleese as Don Quixote the whole time. I also started thinking Ricky Gervais would make a great Sancho Panza...
Read it. Amazing longevity. Aug 10, 2007
It will keep you smiling and laughing from start to finish. It is not a monumental book you will find yourself struggling to finish. You will be happily reading page after page. As funny as the day it was written. If you are even mildly considering this book, buy it. You will not be dissapointed.