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"ascends above most current translations" - Kirkus Reviews

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Gerald J. Davis is the author of ten books of fiction, including Beowulf and Don Quixote, The New Translation, a Finalist for the Book of the Year Award. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (May 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477401199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477401194
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With nearly a dozen translations of Don Quixote, it's a buyer's market, and you really can't go wrong getting a bonafide classic like this. However, readers seem to prefer certain translators:

- 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.
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I lived in many countries. Wherever I went, I carried only one book with me: Don Quixote. That old book has always been with me. My passports have expired a few times, and also I have found myself a new country to love. But Don Quixote remained the same. It is my ultimate passport to happiness and freedom.
Buy this book as soon as you can and read every line of it.
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A complex highly interwoven tale, this version translated by Gerald Davis sets the narrative off on a clear path. Translations are never easy, but this one simplifies the reader's interpretation of the tale and makes it an easy, intelligent tale. Well done. It's a great, classical read!
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Of all the translations of Don Quixote I have read, this is by far the most enjoyable. It is a magnificent accomplishment. A pleasure to read and savor.
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I must say that this was an absolute treat. I don't remember reading Don Quixote in school but I wish I did. It is the best read I have had in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am going to get copies for all my grandchildren. I recommend this book for all ages.
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I looked through three other translations of Don Quixote before selecting this one and I am glad I did. This edition reads like a modern novel. The story itself should be mandatory reading for all psychology majors. It hits almost all forms of mental illness in way that makes them come to life. I am a bit of a romantic,and this work as several wonderful romantic stories. All in all this a great read and worth your time. It would be great to convince your friends to read it as well because you would many great discussions. I only wish Cervantes had written more about the Man from La Mancha.
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17th century slapstick at some of its finest, but too long at the end and containing some of the 17th century biases.

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.
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Of course this is a book that we should all read, especially us aged people. I think there may be other translations that may be easier to read.
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.
So what's new?
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