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Don Quixote: Abridged Edition (Mentor Series) Abridged Edition
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"Some claim that his family name was Quixada, or Quexada, for there is a certain amount of disagreement among the authors who write of this matter, although reliable conjecture seems to indicate that his name was Quexana. But this does not matter very much to our story; in its telling there is absolutely no deviation from the truth."
"It's said his family name was Quijada, or maybe Quesada: there's some disagreement among the writers who've discussed the matter. But more than likely his name was really Quejana. Not that this makes much difference in our story; it's just important to tell things as faithfully as you can."
(Notice how Raffel makes immediately clear in the last sentence what Grossman so literally translates.Read more ›
When you approach reading (or rereading) a "classic" work you really, mostly, don't have to think about whether to read it -- that decision was either made by someone assigning it to you or, more wonderfully, by you, yourself deciding to swim contra-current against the cultural waters... following Neil Young's advice to "turn off that MTV."
So. You are going to read it. And, if you are paddling the Amazon.com, here, you are going to buy and OWN it. The question really becomes which edition you should own.
This is the one.
Its a fine translation - surprising in its avoidance of archaic language. It has a nice structure - the inevitable notes are available but not obtrusive.
This edition, the Modern Library hardback edition, translated by Putnam, is also a nice book to own. It isn't one of those pretty faux-leather "shelf-candy" copies that'll break your wallet first. This is a hardworking book - the essence of the Modern Library idea. But it is a wonderful packaging of the whole 1000+ pages that is both readable and shelvable. No thousand-page paperback will survive an actual reading as anything you would want excepting as backup next to the latrine.
Did I mention that it is a great book, great story? Well, others over the years have managed that :-). But I will loudly agree. I'm rereading it only now after a 35 year hiatus (yes, indeed, classics can be lost on the young - thats why you want books that last.Read more ›
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This is a most incredible story, well narrated with so many excellent voices.
I have wanted to read of the man who, like me, chases after windmills. Read more
Bought the hardback copy. Do not buy it! Yes the actual cover is nice, is a deep purple color, but what's on the inside is what counts! Let me just tell you it it is terrible! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kevin
I did not know when purchasing that this was a translation over 200 years old. But, of course, Don Quixote is a classic for good reason.Published 13 days ago by felicehow
I think that this is the third time that I have tried to read this book. I now live in Spain and decided that I should try again. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Bad Leg
It's always beneficial to read a classic and while I did enjoy the novel I was glad to finish. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.Published 17 days ago by David R. Brekke
I was actually a bit disappointed. For such a lauded classic that helped shape the novel as we know it, I found it less polished than expected. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lori
My kindle version seemed to end abruptly in the middle of chapter XLVI without a conclusion, whereas the spanish version seems to have LII chapters.Published 19 days ago by Steve