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Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Widely acknowledged as the first modern novel, Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote features two of the most famous characters ever created: Don Quixote, the tall, bewildered, and half-crazy knight, and Sancho Panza, his rotund and incorrigibly loyal squire. The comic and unforgettable dynamic between these two legendary figures has served as the blueprint for countless novels written since Cervantes's time. An immediate success when first published in 1604, Don Quixote tells the story of a middle-aged Spanish gentleman who, obsessed with the chivalrous ideals found in romantic books, decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. Seated upon his lean nag of a horse, and accompanied by the pragmatic Sancho Panza, Don Quixote rides the roads of Spain seeking glory and grand adventure. Along the way the duo meet a
dazzling assortment of characters whose diverse beliefs and perspectives reveal how reality and imagination are frequently indistinguishable. Profound, powerful, and hilarious, Don Quixote continues to capture the imaginations of audiences all over the world. Features illustrations by Gustave DorÃ©. Carole Slade specializes in late medieval and early modern European literature.Her publications include St. Teresa of Avila: Author of a Heroic Life and Approaches to Teaching Dante's "Divine Comedy". She teaches Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
About The Author Carole Slade specializes in late medieval and early modern European literature.Her publications include St. Teresa of Avila: Author of a Heroic Life and Approaches to Teaching Dante's "Divine Comedy". She teaches Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Reviews Don Quixote de la Mancha tells the story of the self-made knight-errant Don Quixote. Don Quixote takes on this long lost profession of being a roaming knight because of his love for the romantic novels, telling of the great deeds of chivalrous knights and their quests and trials. Don Quixote sets out as a knight-errant, abandoning his possessions in search of a quest provided by God by which he can assay himself as a knight. Unfortunately for Don Quixote, the times of knights and Chivalry is long at an end and few people know what he duty of a knight is.
It is an appalling surprise that Don Quixote has attained such a degree of infamy over the centuries, possessing so little substance. When purchasing a classic novel, one typically expects thought-provoking ideals which form the basis of the novel's significance, coupled with a suitable fascintaing plot. However, Don Quixote is neither thought-provoking nor simply exciting, but is the tale of an insane knight weary of a society devoid of honor. While the plot is promising, its execution is anything but masterful, and merely grows increasingly dull. My sincere apoligies to classic literature, but this novel simply is not worthy of the distinction.
I am on page 83 and its just so funny! He is such an idiot haha claiming to be a night, calling prostitutes beautiful women, an a cardboard helmet! This is a pretty entertainin book so far but i want to know, is the original book much different?
Don Quixote By Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote takes place in La Mancha, in central Spain. The book is written from the perspective of a middle aged man named Quixada. He spent so much time reading books of chivalry and knights that he became almost crazy. One day he decided to knight himself and try to be a knight like the ones he read about in his books. After his first adventure he went out on another expedition with his weary peasant friend Sancho Panza, whom Quixada or self proclaimed Don Quixote persuaded to join him on his pilgrimage. Don Quixote tells Sancho Panza that in return for following him during the adventure he will make him a wealthy governor of his own island. Don Quixote goes to do the deeds of a knight all in the name of a peasant girl that he views as a princess. On the second outing of Don Quixote he is more of a bandit than a brave knight. He steals and injures angry citizens because in his eyes he sees that as the noble thing. For instance he gives a peasant boy to an evil farmer who was
torturing him. Because the farmer gave him his word, that he would no longer torture the boy, Don Quixote agrees to let the farmer keep the boy who is being heavily mistreated. Don Quixote was ignorant enough to not realize the farmer is going to continue to hurt the peasant further. In the book some of the events that occur are from people he meets. During his travels Don Quixote witnesses the funeral of a student who died for his love, he also frees a devious galley slave, Gines de Pasamonte. Sancho all through these incidents caused by Don Quixote tries to keep him from harming himself and others around him, although not always successfuly. At the end of the book Don Quixote dies due to a fever and along with him Miguel de Cervantes wanted to symbolize how knight errantry died with the last knight of La Mancha. Don Quixote's story is filled with much satire of how knights and feudalism was a flawed system and how knights were not necessary. Miguel De Cervantes wrote this book to show how silly he thought feudalism was and how unnecessary knights and their deeds were. This Satirical piece in my opinion was expertly written by the author to show his feelings about feudalism.
Read An Excerpt From Carole Slade's Introduction to Don Quixote In the first few pages of Don Quixote, Cervantes had his contemporaries laughing. King Philip III remarked of a student he spotted from his balcony bursting into fits of laughter while reading a book, "That student has either lost his wits or he is reading Don Quixote." A courtier who went to investigate found that the young man was indeed reading Don Quixote. Even if apocryphal, the remark conveys the contagious hilarity with which Don Quixote infected seventeenth-century Spanish readers. What did they find so amusing? Understanding the continuing power of Don Quixote to entertain as well as to instruct begins with answering that question. Cervantes's contemporaries would have immediately recognized Don Quixote as a low-level member of the nobility struggling to keep up appearances, always a comical endeavor. His rusty lance and rotted shield, relics of the means by which his grandparents and their forebears had acquired land, wealth, and power, now serve only as ornaments on his walls. Far from living with the ease of a gentleman, the status to which he pretends, he is tightening his belt to the point of constriction. His skimpy diet, which consumes three-quarters of his income, his "skeleton of a horse," and "starved greyhound" suggest that he lives right on the edge of his financial means. In taking the title of don, which he does not merit because he does not own enough land, he follows a widespread practice of inflating rank with nothing more substantial than assertions. His fragile ego, which he always protects from admission of failure, suggests that he would have needed a way to avoid facing his financial bind and prospective social ruin. Like many Spaniards of his time, he finds an escape in books of chivalry. To buy his books of chivalry, Don Quixote has raised money in a way that a seventeenth-century audience would have found ludicrous: selling off good, potentially income-producing farmland. Engrossed in reading the books, he has let his house and holdings go to ruin, and he has given up hunting, a perennial pastime of Spanish aristocrats. On these points he is laughably imprudent; but soon it becomes clear that on the subject of chivalry, he has not merely gorged himself on books, but perhaps has lost his sanity. Over the course of the novel, readers slowly begin to reckon with the sobering idea that they could be laughing not at a clown or a fool, but at a lunatic, and what's more, that Don Quixote quite possibly reflects their own image back to them. In choosing not to anchor the novel in a specific time and place, Cervantes signals that his satire will be directed not only at Don Quixote but also at his contemporary Spaniards. Don Quixote is not the only one, Cervantes suggests, who lives in a laughable, and dangerous, fantasy world. Don Quixote was as topical in its time as the most recent broadcast of Saturday Night Live is today, and it has proved as timeless as Shakespeare's King Lear and Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Seventeenth-century Spaniards are not the only ones who cannot reconcile themselves to change and decline. In most of part I, especially in the first foray, the humor of Don Quixote remains relatively benign and broad. Consider, for example, Don Quixote's appearance. On the morning he rides out of his village on Rocinante, Don
Quixote wears a full suit of rusted armor and a medieval helmet outfitted with a cardboard faceguard. In addition to being more than a century out of date, obviously jerry-rigged, and completely inappropriate for the intense July heat on the high plains of Castile, this outfit confines him to stiff, clumsy gestures reminiscent of the inflexible gait of the Tin Woodsman in The Wizard of Oz. Henri Bergson explains in his treatise on comedy, Laughter (1900), that "the artificial mechanization of the human body," the transformation of a human body into a "thing" by whatever means, costume or gesture, constitutes the stuff of physical comedy. Like the ungainly movements of the Tin Woodsman, which exhibit his lack of a heart, Don Quixote's armor, particularly his corroded helmet, represents the rigidity of his mind and spirit. He has created a self-image from books of chivalry, the accounts of heroic deeds of medieval knights, and he proceeds to treat the world as if it were the scene of such a romance. Spotting a very ordinary inn just at sunset, Don Quixote conjures up a castle. As our hero's imagination converted whatsoever he saw, heard or considered, into something of which he had read in books of chivalry; he no sooner perceived the inn, than his fancy represented it, as a stately castle with its four towers and pinnacles of shining silver, accommodated with a draw-bridge, deep moat, and all other conveniences, that are described as belonging to buildings of that kind. He hears the swineherd's horn call to round up his pigs as a trumpet salute to his arrival; he greets two women immediately recognizable as "ladies of the game," or prostitutes, as "high-born damsels"; and he addresses the innkeeper as "Castellano" (governor of the castle).
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