An amusing tale of someone who dreams to be a knight errant and travel the world rescuing damsels and anyone else in need of support. This rather long story covers the (mis)adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha and his trusty squire Sancho Panza as they travel around Spain and meet many adventures from rescuing prisoners and fighting off enchantments. Don Quixote has read numerous books of knights errant and dreams to be one himself, enlisting the help of his neighbor Sancho Panza to be his squire with his horse Rozinante he goes off in service to his maid Dulcinea del Toboso. Almost every adventure he comes across, he gets the worst end of the deal and when he can't solve things to his desire he assumes it must be because either he or his enemies are under some enchantment which prevents him from proving victorious. There are dozens of these situations throughout the book, interspersed with several stories of jilted lovers trying to get back their love or recover from a broken heart. Coincidentally often throughout the story the lovers get back together during their travels with the help of Don Quixote. An interesting but sometimes long and tedious read. It took me almost 5 months to finish....Continua
It would be a mistake to summarize Don Quixote as an account of a blundering knight errant with ludicrous ambitions and theatrical speeches, tag it "adventure" and put back on the shelf. There really is more than just that.
I believe our hero, Don Quixote, serves as the mouthpiece to express Cervantes' own ideas to his readers. Aside from the number of laughs its bound to create, there's an equal amount of practical wisdom within its pages.
Sancho Panza surprised with his wit and sensibility (apparent at some points more than others), proving that his mind, however simple, holds much more than just a bagful of jargon and ridiculous proverbs ("Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it's bad luck for the pitcher.") His tenor as the Governor of Barataria is a perfect example, where he rationalizes with Solomon-like wisdom to reach judgements....Continua
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grr! this book is really thick! wonder when i can finish it