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@Read Pdf ⚛ Don Quijote de la Mancha ë RBA Coleccionables Publica La Novela En Dos Vol Menes Este Es El Primer Volumen Que Contiene La Primera Parte De La Novela, Que Se Public Originalmente En Con El T Tulo De El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote De La ManchaLa Segunda Parte De La Novela Se Public En Con Un T Tulo Ligeramente DiferenteEl Ingenioso Caballero Don Quijote De La Mancha done quixote pun quixote fun quixote none quixoteand that s not entirely true there are some rollicking good times in here, but the first part is so much endlessly episodic violence, and while the second half becomes calmer and focused, it never got my imagination engaged nor my blood flowing.in fact, although i know he really does love it, i can t help but feel that brian s recommending this to me is similar to the duke and duchess having their fun with don q i feel like brian is pulling a prank on me that he does not want me to meet my reading goal and is laughingly crowing, no, karen, you will not read 150 books this year i am preventing you i will show you despite the amount of time i was stalled on this one, i will come right back in the game.but this, i did not love this and a lot of it is just context i can appreciate it as an artifact and as a foundation for western literature, but it suffers from the fate of any work that was not edited professionally tastes change over time just in the same way that marilyn monroe would have probably had to drop fifteen pounds to rock our modern day underfed runway ideal, so this book could lose a similar amount of text stop frothing, bri, seriously if this turned up in some slush pile somewhere, there would be allll kinds of criticism, and it might even get passed around the office lgm a few times to the giggles of the editorial assistants this guy can t even keep the supporting character s wife s name straight , this is inconsistent , this is repetitive what is this interlude that has nothing to do with anything else doing in here this is flat out stolen from another source an editor would go to town on this puppy.but we have the luxury of reading this 500 years after it was written and marveling at how fresh and modern it still sounds and part of it is very modern but grossman s frequent cervantes probably meant here or this is the wrong reference would not play in a modern novel if jonathan safran foer had done this, there would be a crown of pretentious classics majors drawling, i can t believe he said perseus when he meant theseus guffaw guffaw.but 500 years down the road, we can afford to be forgiving vanity press authors take heart and i am aware i am being nitpicky, i am just interested in pointing out how a lot of people who love this book would be very indignant to read something produced today that had so many obvious flaws but i do admire longevity.i just couldn t get into it, overall there are a lot of great moments here the burning of the books nooo , the puppet show, don q in a cage, and great non action sequences in the discussions of the value of drama as a medium and the difficulty of translation and many other minor occurrences.the first half is just episode after episode of this delusional thug with some kind of roid rage, meth aggression attacking people and innocent lions, unprovoked, and his sidekick who is a grasping fiend who would sell you out for even the promise of a sandwich and it all reads like marx brothers slapsticky stuff i mean, how do you break someone s nose with a loaf of bread with the second half, it is better and becomes self reflexive and much sadder, but a lot of it still remains tedious the second half, written ten years after the first part, frequently references the unauthorized sequel to don q that some guy wrote and pissed cervantes off it is like a mean girl passing notes to the cool kids, did you hear what he said that s my man he s messing with etc etc.and i am not a lazy reader, even though my tastes tend toward a faster pace than this, but i have read plenty of slow paced, dense prose that didn t make me take out my mental red pen and slash away at what i felt was extraneous or repetitious.i can appreciate the message about art and its impact and its potential and its place in the world, but i did not have fun reading this book.and i make no apologies and for jasmine who doesn t think there is anything complicated or pretentious in the spanish language this qualifies, i think it gets all meta in the second act for its time, it was seriously mind bending stuff.come to my blog Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mindWhy did no one tell me this book is hilarious I can t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up.Don Quixote is densest in the early chapters, which are packed full of footnotes that should be read for full context I highly recommend using two bookmarks one for your place in the story and one for in the notes If this seems too much like hard work, I want to reassure you that the notes become less frequent as you progress through the book, but they add some very helpful background information in the beginning.If you don t know what it s about, Don Quixote follows the titular character and his lovable squire, Sancho Panza, as the former declares himself a knight errant and goes looking for noble adventures The context is important here because, at the time of the novel, chivalry romances like Amadis De Gaula had become so popular in Spain that monarchs of the time feared the influence of them on the impressionable minds of young people Cervantes responded by writing a parody of these knightly adventures Don Quixote has read so many of these books that they have had a profound effect on his mental state He gets caught up in a fictional world created by his imagination and truly believes that not only is he a knight, but the inns he encounters are castles, the prostitutes are princesses, and the windmills are giants This latter is, apparently, an iconic moment in the novel and I can definitely see why it is so funny I read it through about five times and laughed each time I think it s the way I hear Sancho sayingWhat giantsin my mind that cracks me up.The adventures do feel repetitive at times, and I don t feel like either Part 1 or Part 2 needed to be as long as it was The buffoonish squabbles get old after a while However, I really enjoyed the switch to a meta style in the second part, which the notes will tell you was published some ten years after the first In this, Cervantes explores the idea of characters knowing they were being written about, and the book takes a philosophical and arguably darker turn.I read some critical interpretations alongside the book, and I found Edith Grossman s especially interesting She says she saw Don Quixote as a terribly depressing book Nabokov, too, called it cruel and crude that s the guy who wrote about the stalking and raping of a child And though there are many moments of humour, I don t disagree with them There is something undeniably sad about this book, too.Maybe it is sad because this man is so deluded, so wrapped up in fictions Maybe it is the way he allows himself to be deceived, and the ways others take advantage of this chance at deception But I think, personally, that it is sad because none of it is real Don Quixote wants something admirable, to do good, defend the weak and defeat the bad guys, but it is all in his naive imagination I don t know what was truly intended by the ending but, unlike some, I don t see it as a final victory Instead I see it as a sad loss of something important Either way, I am glad to have finally read this book We can argue about interpretations, but Don Quixote s impact on western literature cannot be overstated Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Don Quixote , I answered, and looked into almost shocked facial expressions, followed by quiet, uncomfortable giggling.What was the question If my friends at the coffee table had asked What is your favourite book, Lisa , and received that answer, they would have nodded knowingly, sympathetically, adding some random fact about the 1000 page classic I claimed to love than the countless other books I have read But that was not the question It was With which literary character do you identify most I was not the first one around the table to answer, and there had been plenty of identification with the brave, the strong, the pretty, the good, the clever heroes and heroines of the literary universe before it was my turn I had time to think, and to think carefully There is no one like Don Quixote to make me feel the connection between my reading self and my real life Who else loved books to the extent that he was willing to immerse himself completely in the illusion of his beloved fiction, against all reason Who else struggled to survive and keep the spirit of beautiful ideas in the face of ugly, mean, bullying reality Why was there such awkwardness when I said I identified with Don Quixote Because he is clumsy, he is bullied by the brutal ordinary people who can t stand a mind focused on literary thoughts and idealist ideas, he is treated badly and made fun of He is so very UNCOOL He makes a silly figure in the ordinary society where appearance and participation in shared activities are important to social survival and reputation than reflective thinking and expression of individuality He is off the main track, and that is only acceptable to the world if you are a strong, fighting, violent hero, not if you are a harmless, yet ridiculous dreamer If you can t be one of the group, you have to be stronger, violent than the majority Just being different is the most dangerous, the most hated thing in the world Still But I don t think there was much choice for Don Quixote He had seen the raging madness of the world, and made a decision When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies Perhaps to be too practical is madness To surrender dreams this may be madness Too much sanity may be madness and maddest of all to see life as it is, and not as it should be In the most famous scene of all, the dialogue between Sancho Pansa and Don Quixote reveals the deliberate choice to see in life than just the mere practicalities of food provision and business What giants Asked Sancho Pansa The ones you can see over there, answered his master, with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long Now look, your grace, said Sancho, what you see over there aren t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone Obviously, replied Don Quixote, you don t know much about adventures If you only have one life to live, why choose the boredom of reality when your mind can create an imaginary adventure of giant proportions What a wonderful match they are, the idealist dreamer and his realist companion, complementing each other perfectly while exploring the real world in the same way Dante and Virgil complement and support each other s thoughts while they explore the fantastic fiction of Afterlife in the Divine Comedy.To me there is heroism in seeing a perfect horse in the lame Rosinante, or a beautiful woman in the ugly, mean Dulcinea, than there could ever be in the strongest superhero riding the most powerful horse and gaining the love of the most stunning lady That is a no brainer, while it requires deeper thinking skills to see the adventure and beauty in average, weak, ugly life.The moment Don Quixote turns ridiculous, and sad and quixotic in my world, is the moment before death when he renounces his ideal in favour of the mainstream understanding of Christian comme il faut , breaking Sancho Pansa s heart, who, in his own, realist and practical way, understands the world s need for characters like Don Quixote.The sanity Don Quixote gains when he dictates his last testament is the capitulation of the tired, worn out spirit He has already stopped living Another of my favourite windmill fighting characters, Jean Barois, foresaw the weakness of old age and wrote his testament to the world at the height of his intellectual power, thus haunting the bigot winners of his dying body afterwards with his words of idealistic power from the other side of the grave And for all those who smile at Don Quixote it is much braver, and harder, to fight inanimate, mechanised windmills than fire spitting dragons And you have to have than an ounce of Don Quixote in you to try to review this book of superlatives I first finished Part I of Don Quixote fifty years ago, and, although I never got around to reading Part II, over the years I managed to convince myself that I had I suspect this may be true of many other readers as well, for when people share their favorite parts of the story, they invariably mention the battles with windmills and wine skins, the inn courtyard vigil and the blanket toss, but hardly ever bring up Don Quixote s vision in the dark cavern, the manipulations of the Duke and Duchess, the wise decisions of Governor Sancho, or his master s fateful final battle with The Knight of the White Moon Yet it is here, in the second part, that the world of Quixote inspiring in its romance, sharp in its realism, magnificent in its variety becomes surprisingly post modernist and uniquely profound From the first, Quixote is complex and subtle It is never a crude contrast between a crack brained pretender to knighthood and his slow witted squire Quixote is only crazy on the subject of knight errantry, and Sancho, although na ve and illiterate, is a shrewd man filled with proverbial wisdom albeit often inaptly applied In spite of misfortune, they are never mere comedians slipping on the banana peel of existence every slapstick trouncing they receive offers them yet another opportunity for reflection often while literally on their backs, smarting from their recent wounds , and it is these discussions, filled with plausible arguments and vast logical gaps, that generate much of the rich humor of the book Like Didi and Gogo, they are existential clowns, striving to understand a baffling world at least as foolish as themselves.Reckless passion and a kind of rough chivalry pervade the novel s world of folly The shepherds and goatherds may eat their simple meals around a crude campfire, yet they understand and admire pastoral poetry and the noble act of pining away for love Each wandering wayfarer in the Quixote landscape seem eager to relate some lengthy tale of Romantic obsession and adventure All this makes our Knight of the Woeful Countenance seem like a variation than an exception, his devotion to exemplary deeds and his Dulcinea not so much a social aberration as a dedication to one bizarre strain of a still flourishing tradition.It is in the second part, however, that Quixote succeeds in surprising the reader Cervantes published this sequel almost ten years later, spurred to do so by his outrage at the printing of an unauthorized continuation by an Aragonese called Avellanada In Cervantes sequel, the knight and his squire soon learn that almost everyone they encounter on the road is familiar with their history, having read not only Cervantes but Avellanada as well Not surprisingly, the Don and Sancho condemn Avellanada as spurious nonsense These readers, upon encountering our heroes, freely share with them their own interpretations of the pair s adventures, and some of them notably the Duke and Duchess actively participate in the narrative by constructing elaborate pranks, the basis of even marvelous deeds to come These two things cause a contradictory movement in our characters consciousness they become at once self reflective and deeply committed to their fantasies By the novel s end, these reflections on the nature of the self and the nature of narrative have caused Sancho to become wiser and allowed the old Don to face his death clear eyed, without his chivalric illusions Something happens here which is almost astonishing in Quixote we can sense the novel not only this particular novel, but the novel considered as a form becoming aware of itself Cervantes casual foray into meta fiction which may have started with his human impulse to ridicule the Aragonese thief who hijacked his narrative becomes an endless quest for an Eldorado rich and strange The novel seems to mature and become self reflective, newly aware of how consciousness constructs narrative, how narrative may in turn alter consciousness, and how such alterations may further refine the nature of narrative itself The vast treasures of the quest now lie before us the works of Fielding, Sterne, Dostoevsky, Proust, Joyce, Nabokov, and many others Yes, what happens here is astonishing in Quixote we overhear the soul of Western fiction at the moment it begins to talk to itself.