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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 Doré. 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.

Overall, Don Quixote, in my opinion, is one of the greatest books ever written in the history of the world. It is a satirical piece of literature, stuffed full of satire and humor to the point of bursting at the seems, and indeed this humor will cause you to have quite a number of gut-busting laughing fits, should you be into stories like this. Also, the introduction and notes added by Walter Starkie serve to greatly enhance the story. The story is told with two main characters, the knight-errant, Don Quixote, and Sancho Panza, Don Quixote's loyal squire. Don Quixote was a tall, lanky skeleton of a man who was quite insane from reading so many books of chivalry, like those of Amadis of Gaul. Don Quixote, after reading so many of these books (for he had a room full of them) had gotten the idea that he would go out as a knight-errant and search for adventures, on his horse Rozinante, making right the wrongs and aiding those in need of aid. However, besides his old ideas of knight-errantry, he was also quite intelligent. One quote on this, said between a duke and duchess whom Don Quixote offered his service, was, "both were amazed at the madness and good sense of Don Quixote" (Cervantes 424). Now as for Sancho Panza, Don Quixote's loyal squire and friend; he was a short, portly man with a fair sized beard and a fairer sized appetite. He rode around on his donkey, named Dapple for the color. Sancho, throughout the story, showed himself to be a kind, gentle person who would not hurt a fly. He was also a simpleton, a blockhead, and a dolt. One of his more notable features is how, in most of his dialogues, he would spew out more proverbs than there were stars in the sky. One quote showing his excessive use of proverbs is this, said by Don Quixote, "There, there you are, Sancho! On you go, threading, tacking, and stitching together proverb after proverb till nobody can make head or tail of you!" (Cervantes 420). Indeed, his proverbs were so numerous that it almost became to difficult to follow along with what Sancho was saying, however that is the humor in Sancho, especially since his name is close to the word "santo," which goes along with the proverb, "to keep silence is called holy" (Cervantes 420). All throughout the story, the two characters wander throughout Spain in the La Mancha region looking for adventures to earn Don Quixote fame and Sancho Panza his desired governorship of his own island. In total, the two "sallied" out from their hometown (not named in the book) three times, and each time they found many an interesting adventure. They also meet many other memorable characters that add even more amusement to the story, such as the curate and barber of their hometown, Cardenio, a fellow madman who forsook himself to the sierras morenas due to the traitorousness of his one love, and who is eventually returned to his love by the help of Don

Quixote. However, the most influential character besides Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, was Dulcinea Del Toboso, a.k.a. Aldonza Lorenzo, even though she never technically "appeared" in the story. Also, at one inn in particular, the two made quite a name and it becomes a major crossroad of the two. This book, Don Quixote, was and is one of the greatest books ever written. Even though it is now over 400 years old, it still is a great read for anyone interested in books of chivalry and knight-errantry, or, if your looking for a good comedy, th

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?

Cervantes is difficult to read without some helpful notations. Both from a translation difference and a time period difference. Fortunately, this B&N version has the notations you need to both read and enjoy the story to its fullest. Before now, I tried reading Don Quixote and was never was able to finish it. Yes, it is a long read. But with the notations in this version, it is a good read.


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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