Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Two months!  That is how long it took me to read this book.  That must be some sort of a record for me, and hence is a worthy first comment on this lengthy tale about this Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

 

Above all, Don Quixote is a satirical look at tales of chivalry that were popular in Cervantes time.  Instead of dealing with a larger than life hero, we deal with a regular gentleman who gets it into his head that he is a knight and goes off in search of adventures, earning a reputation for madness.  Quixote’s behaviour and delusions naturally lead to some interesting canon, but more than some amusing situations have lead to the endurance of the book.  At the heart of this book is a human tale of imagination and friendship, two things that are very necessary in life.

 

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