Don Quixote is the classic story. Called the first modern novel, this marvelous book has stood the test of time to become irrevocably intertwined with the fabric of society. Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.
©2003 Edith Grossman (translation) (P)2003 Recorded Books
New Englander Living in Latin America
It's a wonderful story and an interesting look at the times of humans 500 years ago, as if being told by someone you just met.
When Don Quixote charged the flock of sheep as an invading army.
When Dulcina leaped over her mule's bum to land in it's saddle with one jump.
I wondered why it took me so long to finally read it ... except that now with Audible, I don't have any more reason to delay.
The narrator was wonderful and I think the Translation was not only spot on, but brought into the 21st Century with great relevance and poignancy. I think the Translator was particularly talented. Oh, and I really loved the narrator's voice of Pancho Sancha.
I just found myself drifting off at times. It gets a little bit long and drags on in the middle of each book. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone into the classics.
A fan of the Three Stooges
Something with some depth
His voice is fantastic; it has a unique timbre.
Anger that I wasted a credit on such nonsense
This book was recently deemed the best work of fiction of all time by some bunch of supposed literary bigwigs. This just goes to show what a bunch of supposed literary bigwigs know, which when it comes to an enjoyable, readable and well-written story is, apparently, nothing. Don Quixote is essentially one long gag: A mentally ill person, deluded into believing that he is a knight and that the various people and situation he encounters are in keeping with the adventures of such a person, convinces a person of low intelligence to accompany him on a number of misadventures, all of which end in the two unfortunates being pummeled a la the Three Stooges. For me, this continued for many hours of listening until, in search of the literary depth and complexity I had been led to expect, I finally decided life is too short and there are too many good pieces of literature, classical and otherwise, to read, and I gave up. I kid you not: This is just like the Three Stooges; it involves endless scenes of people being pummeled and beaten, all of which is supposed to be humorous, all of which is essentially the same: There is no plot; there is no depth of technique or narrative; there is no depth of character; it is nonsense. How in the name of God this book has become not only a part of, but the shining beacon of the pantheon of western literature, over the likes of James Joyce, John Milton, Franz Kafka, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, just for a smattering, is a tremendous mystery. One must guess that the ghost of this hack, Cervantes, is coming back from the beyond to bribe the members of today's literary elite with free passes to Disneyland and sets of crystal martini glasses. You tell me. In my opinion, this book is not worth the 1s and 0s it was converted to. Then again, it's all subjective. If you like the Three Stooges, you'll love Don Quixote.
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