Purchased Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray — he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants — Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity.
What was the question? If my friends at the coffee table had asked: But that was not the question.
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? He makes a silly figure in the ordinary society where appearance and participation in shared activities are more 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.
Just being different is the most dangerous, the most hated thing in the world. He had seen the raging madness of the world, and made a decision: 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 me there is more 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 sanity Don Quixote gains when he dictates his last testament is the capitulation of the tired, worn-out spirit.
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He has already stopped living. Another of my favourite windmill-fighting characters, Jean Baroisforesaw 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: This has been a life-changer for me. The giants of life: Quixote, no matter what, keeps fighting. And so will I.More books by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Don Quijote.
L'ingénieux hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche - Tome II. Please login or sign up below in order to leave a review. Login Sign up. Luis. 5. This is NOT the Don Quixote by Cervantes. It's about the "Writing of" that book.
Aug 23, · About Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel.
It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares. His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of cordoban descent.5/5. Don Quixote is one of the few books that merits casual references with the definite article ("The Quixote"), and additionally is one of the few books to spawn a universally-recognized adjective ("quixotic").
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman pp, Secker and Warburg, £ In I took part in a Norwegian book club poll of authors from all over the world to find.
Journey to Parnassas, a satirical review of his fellow Spanish poets, appeared in , and Part II of Don Quixote in as well as Eight Plays and Eight Interludes. Miguel de Cervantes died on April 23, , the same day as the death of Shakespeare--his English contemporary, his only peer/5(K).
Don Quixote de la Mancha first appeared in Some of its most celebrated episodes and phrases passed into European cultural consciousness: tilting at windmills, of course, but also 'the Haves and Have-nots'.
To many critics, it remains the first European novel, the patriarch of a grand tradition.