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Don Quixote: Complete and Unabridged (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2009
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As I suppose I could have guessed, the text of Don Quixote is particularly well suited to the audio book format. Among other things, it's largely a book about storytelling, and many long sections of the book felt very much in the spirit of The Canterbury Tales. Characters enter, tell their stories to the main characters (and to us readers in the process), and then go their merry way. It strikes me as the perfect book to read to a child a chapter a night, as each chapter stands on its own as an isolated adventure or even a story within a story. Like A Thousand and One Nights, it begs to be read aloud in installments.
Of course, the success of a good oral story depends on the reader, who needs the right voice, interpretation, interest, and believability to tell the tale in a gripping, convincing manner. George Guidall is the perfect narrator for this story. From the first pages of the Preface, I could already tell that his voice was the one I'd imagine for Don Quixote (and, by extension in my mind, Cervantes himself). His narration always captures the humor of the book without turning it into slapstick comedy and he effectively reads all characters, both male and female, as rich, distinct voices without resorting to caricature. For example, he characterizes his female voices by using a softer tone, not a higher pitch. He doesn't try to sound like a woman; rather, he simply conveys the fact that a female is speaking. I often find this is a challenge for readers of audio books.Read more ›
This recording is one of my favorite recorded books. George Guidall, as always, performs very well as a reader, taking up the many voices of the characters of this novel with great skill, clarity, and expression. I never found my interest flagging. The thirty-five CDs of this set are a great achievement.
The only problem I found in this set of CDs is that some of the information printed on them is not correct:
1. Each CD is marked "Tracks Every 3 Minutes," which is completely false. Each approximately 70-minute CD is divided into eight to fourteen tracks of varying lengths corresponding to natural breaks in the text.
2. Each CD is marked "First printed in 1605." This notice is only true in the case of the first 17 CDs. In truth, the last eighteen CDs, which contain Part II, should note that the text was first printed in 1615.
Tom Lathrop's translation is everything I had been looking for in my search for a readable Don Quixote.
It is a complete translation, leaving out nothing that Cervantes put into the first edition of Don Quixote. The translator is a noted scholar of Spanish and Cervantes' works, which gave me great confidence when making my choice. Lathrop's introduction explains his thoughts on various parts of the text and why his choices are to be preferred over those of other recent translations. His arguments are quite convincing and his explanations provide great insight into the text and the mind of Cervantes.
The English of Lathrop is easily readable. It is in no way archaic; rather, it is timeless while remaining lively and spirited, capturing the humor and tragedy of the tales of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. In many cases, original Spanish words and idioms not easily translated are left in and explained in footnotes that are both informative and humorous in their own right. Lathrop's footnotes also point out where Cervantes alludes to other works of literature while telling his tale so that the reader misses nothing.
Tom Lathrop's translation from Signet should be considered among the best of the English translations of Don Quixote. Five stars all the way!
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The first novel ever written, some say the greatest novel ever... and Amazon wants to know how many stars I give it? Um, 2*π?Published 2 days ago by David H. Macfarlane
Don Quixote is a class novel or a reason. It's very entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written.Published 4 days ago by Kelly Anne
Read this classic years ago and had to retread it. It is a tale of faith, hope and love and the ability to believe that one person can do the right thing.Published 6 days ago by Robert J Bartolotta
By Jay Kim, 8th grade
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o Version reviewed: Don Quixote of La Mancha (Illustrated), ASIN: B01697CR9E
o Formats I used: Kindle Keyboard & Paper White
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