Don Quixote

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Harper Collins, Oct 21, 2003 - Fiction - 976 pages
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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 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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In 2002, 100 major writers from 54 countries rated Don Quixote the world's best work of fiction. Any new translation of Cervantes's immortal classic is thus a major publishing event, and when that ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER i
459
CHAPTERII
469
CHAPTER iv
480
CHAPTERV
485
CHAPTER VIII
502
CHAPTER XI
521
CHAPTER XIV
538
CHAPTER xvii
558

Don Quixote and his good squire Sancho Panza experienced in the
116
CHAPTER XVIII
124
CHAPTER XIX
134
CHAPTER xx
141
CHAPTER XXI
152
CHAPTER XXII
163
CHAPTER xxni
173
CHAPTER XXIV
182
CHAPTER XXVI
205
CHAPTER XXVII
212
PART FOUR OF THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN
227
CHAPTER XXIX
239
CHAPTER XXX
249
CHAPTER XXXI
258
CHAPTER XXXII
266
CHAPTER XXXIII
272
CHAPTERXXXIV
289
CHAPTER XXXV
305
CHAPTER XXXVI
313
CHAPTERXXXVII
321
CHAPTER XXXVIII
330
CHAPTER XL
341
CHAPTER XL1
352
CHAPTER XLI1
368
CHAPTERXLIII
374
CHAPTER XLIV
383
CHAPTERXLV
391
CHAPTER XLVI
398
CHAPTER XLVII
405
CHAPTER XLVIII
414
CHAPTER XLIX
421
CHAPTER L
428
CHAPTER LII
438
SECOND PART OF THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN
451
CHAPTER XVIII
567
CHAPTER XIX
576
CHAPTER XX
582
CHAPTER XXI
591
CHAPTER XXII
597
CHAPTER XXIII
604
CHAPTER XXIV
614
CHAPTER XXV
620
CHAPTERXXVI
628
CHAPTER XXVII
636
CHAPTER XXVIII
642
CHAPTER XXX
653
CHAPTER XXXII
665
CHAPTER XXXIII
677
CHAPTERXXXIV
683
CHAPTER XXXV
690
CHAPTER XXXVI
697
CHAPTER XXXVIII
704
CHAPTER XXXIX
710
CHAPTER XLII
727
CHAPTER XLV
746
CHAPTER XLVIII
765
CHAPTER L
782
CHAPTER LI
790
CHAPTER LIII
804
CHAPTER LV
817
CHAPTER LVIII
832
CHAPTER LX
849
CHAPTER LXII
864
CHAPTER LXIII
875
CHAPTER LXV
888
CHAPTER LXIX
907
CHAPTER LXXII
924

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Page xxxiv - true eloquence makes fun of eloquence, he succinctly formulated the principle that could look to Cervantes as its recent and striking exemplar. It remained for La Rochefoucauld to restate the other side of the paradox: some people would never have loved if they had not heard of love.
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About the author (2003)

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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