Don Quixote (1605)
What is the book about?
Hailed by Dostoyevsky as "The final and greatest utterance of the human mind," Don Quixote constitutes a founding work of modern Western literature. Cervantes' masterpiece has been translated into more than sixty languages, and the novel's fantasy-driven "knight," Don Quixote, and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, rank among fiction's most recognized characters. Their adventures have been interpreted for film, opera, and ballet, and they head a cast of characters that comprises a diverse array of beliefs and perspectives, reflecting the historical realities of seventeenth-century Spain.
Within its absorbing re-creation of the world during Cervantes' time, this parody of chivalric romances and epic of heroic idealism forms a strikingly contemporary narrative. The author is often credited with inventing the concept of the novel, addressing himself to the readers rather than the characters or the action.
Why do I think it's worth reading?
Reading Don Quixote because it’s a classic novel and it “will be good for you” is like taking medicine. You’ll do it to get it over with - but there may be little, if any, enjoyment in it. Don Quixote is no bitter pill. Whether or not you’ve had it prescribed to you at some point in your life, read it (again). It will be great for you!
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