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Don Quixote Paperback – May 3, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
- Edith Grossman does a fine job balancing Cervantes' formal style and readability, and it's certainly one of the most elegant translations available. This is also one of the popular versions.
- Burton Raffel's version was released by Norton Editions, and while it veers close to a colloquial style, it's also the most accessible translation you can get. Immediately enjoyable, though not dripping in the Cervantes style.
- Gerald Davis's translation is the newest, and renders the prose with unrivaled clarity - without sacrificing the richness of the original version.
Which will you prefer? If you can, read samples of each version to determine which style is best for you. You can read sample pages, or do a search on a site that will compare all extant versions.
I like all three translations listed above, but Gerald Davis does an enviable balancing act. It's well-researched and scrupulously accurate, and at the same time entertaining. The introduction gives you a real feeling for the novel, its history, and the challenges translating such a monumental work. For me, Grossman's version is overly complex, with a wealth of subordinate clauses that detracts from the overall readability; Raffel goes the opposite direction. But Davis is elegant, amusing, thoughtful, and satisfying, aiming to combine the high-minded formality of the early Shelton translation with the clarity and scholarship you expect from a top modern version. It reads like a classic, but retains near-constant readability.Read more ›
Buy this book as soon as you can and read every line of it.
This translation was a very good one, even including the poetry and songs, and there are parts in here that made me literally laugh out loud. For the most part, it's just a fun, silly book. At the same time, it does contain a hint of warning about taking everything you read seriously or about being so gung-ho on any subject that your reason leaves you.
I could have done without about the last 80+ or so pages of the book as they added nothing except length with almost no humor and some very poor stereotypes of women and "Moors" (Muslims from northwest Africa).
Overall though, it's easy to see how this book has been around for 400 years. Your personal library won't necessarily be incomplete without having read through this book, but it will be more complete with it.
Don Quixote made me think about what I believed in...is it really worthwhile or achievable. While the Don, and Pancho, tried to establish chivalry he finally saw that selfishness and materialism ruled almost everywhere.
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A classic I never read, and now I know why. I got halfway through and realized I didn't HAVE to finish it. Maybe someday I will.Published 2 months ago by nansea
A classic with reason, if you enjoy a jaunt in old Spain. The translation makes it easy to understand in modern language. The presentation, i.e. the reading, is perfect.Published 5 months ago by Della Lee
I probably should wait a day before writing a review. This book is certainly well written for its time and context. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KFDP
this is one of the great works so I finally read it. It has a lot of action and I understand you have to read volume 2 which completes the novel. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Love the 19th century
Like a sandwich the meat is in the middle. D. Q. has no redeeming quality, but is simply a madman from beginning to end.Published 11 months ago by George Gray