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Don Quixote Paperback – April 26, 2005
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“A major literary achievement.” (Carlos Fuentes, New York Times Book Review)
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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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A true classic. Enough "proverbs" to please an entire monastery!!Published 1 day ago by F. McCarthy
This is a great translation of the classic for anyone ready to make the commitment to read the great novel of Spain. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Keith C.
Looked like it had been photocopied. Unreadable. Returned it the same day.Published 10 days ago by John Roberts
I loved this book when I read it a few years ago in my World Literature class. I loved it so much that at the time it had become my all time favorite novel. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Shane
This wasn't what I expected, it is not the "Don Quixote" book as far as I can tell, it was just full of references and never did turn into a "book".Published 12 days ago by Kirby Murray
Obviously, I don't need to praise the original - it requires no help. I was looking for a good English translation of Don Quixote for my library and I think I found it. :-)Published 14 days ago by Felicia
Don't be put off by the length or the age. This story is still funny and consistently interesting.Published 14 days ago by Peder DeFor