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Don Quixote - Harold Bloom, Edith Grossman, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote
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Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha... show more
Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. Unless you read Spanish, you've never read Don Quixote. "Though there have been many valuable English translations of Don Quixote, I would commend Edith Grossman's version for the extraordinarily high quality of her prose. The Knight and Sancho are so eloquently rendered by Grossman that the vitality of their characterization is more clearly conveyed than ever before. There is also an astonishing contextualization of Don Quixote and Sancho in Grossman's translation that I believe has not been achieved before. The spiritual atmosphere of a Spain already in steep decline can be felt throughout, thanks to her heightened quality of diction. Grossman might be called the Glenn Gould of translators, because she, too, articulates every note. Reading her amazing mode of finding equivalents in English for Cervantes's darkening vision is an entrance into a further understanding of why this great book contains within itself all the novels that have followed in its sublime wake." From the Introduction by Harold Bloom Miguel de Cervantes was born on September 29, 1547, in Alcala de Henares, Spain. At twenty-three he enlisted in the Spanish militia and in 1571 fought against the Turks in the battle of Lepanto, where a gunshot wound permanently crippled his left hand. He spent four more years at sea and then another five as a slave after being captured by Barbary pirates. Ransomed by his family, he returned to Madrid but his disability hampered him; it was in debtor's prison that he began to write Don Quixote. Cervantes wrote many other works, including poems and plays, but he remains best known as the author of Don Quixote. He died on April 23, 1616.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060188702 (0060188707)
ASIN: 60188707
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 940
Edition language: English
Series: Don Quijote de la Mancha
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Lora's Rants and Reviews
Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it
3.5 Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes This is one of those Classics that I've meant to read for a very long time. To my great joy, it immediately covered familiar parts of the story that I had seen in films, though not entirely in the same order, and the writing was engaging and kept me interested in the exploit...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
4.0 Addled Knight Goes Looking for Trouble and Finds It: "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes
“El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.”In "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote is one of my favourite novels, exasperating though it is at times with all those stories within stories knockabout humour and cruel practical jokes. Simply because it’s so complex, we both ad...
Jessica's Book Thoughts
Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it
4.0
When I was young I thought this book was called A Donkey Named Oatie, LOL. My mother turned this book into a children's story starring said donkey. For that reason this book will always be special to me. I have read the original version and like it too, but no where as much as Oatie's tale.
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it
3.0 Don Quixote
Not bad, but not sure how I feel about it yet.
The Lexical Funk!
The Lexical Funk! rated it
5.0 Don Quixote -- A Book Review in Three Sallies
The First Sally The story of Don Quixote is one that plays itself over and over again. In real life and in literature, to the point where it is hardly clear where one story ends and another begins. Manager: Customer renewal rates! Me: Señor, are you referring to those windmills. A story of a...
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