[Free eBook] El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la ManchaAuthor Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – 91videos.co

Don Quixote Has Become So Entranced By Reading Chivalric Romances, That He Determines To Become A Knight Errant Himself In The Company Of His Faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, His Exploits Blossom In All Sorts Of Wonderful Ways While Quixote S Fancy Often Leads Him Astray He Tilts At Windmills, Imagining Them To Be Giants Sancho Acquires Cunning And A Certain Sagacity Sane Madman And Wise Fool, They Roam The World Together, And Together They Have Haunted Readers Imaginations For Nearly Four Hundred YearsWith Its Experimental Form And Literary Playfulness, Don Quixote Generally Has Been Recognized As The First Modern Novel The Book Has Had Enormous Influence On A Host Of Writers, From Fielding And Sterne To Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, And Faulkner, Who Reread It Once A Year, Just As Some People Read The Bible


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    Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind Why did no one tell me this book is hilarious I can t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up.Don Quixote is densest in the early chapters, which are packed full of footnotes that should be read for full context I highly recommend using two bookmarks one for your place in the story and one for in the notes If this seems too much like hard work, I want to reassure you that the notes become less frequent as you progress through the book, but they add some very helpful background information in the beginning.If you don t know what it s about, Don Quixote follows the titular character and his lovable squire, Sancho Panza, as the former declares himself a knight errant and goes looking for noble adventures The context is important here because, at the time of the novel, chivalry romances like Amadis De Gaula had become so popular in Spain that monarchs of the time feared the influence of them on the impressionable minds of young people Cervantes responded by writing a parody of these knightly adventures Don Quixote has read so many of these books that they have had a profound effect on his mental state He gets caught up in a fictional world created by his imagination and truly believes that not only is he a knight, but the inns he encounters are castles, the prostitutes are princesses, and the windmills are giants This latter is, apparently, an iconic moment in the novel and I can definitely see why it is so funny I read it through about five times and laughed each time I think it s the way I hear Sancho saying What giants in my mind that cracks me up.The adventures do feel repetitive at times, and I don t feel like either Part 1 or Part 2 needed to be as long as it was The buffoonish squabbles get old after a while However, I really enjoyed the switch to a meta style in the second part, which the notes will tell you was published some ten years after the first In this, Cervantes explores the idea of characters knowing they were being written about, and the book takes a philosophical and arguably darker turn.I read some critical interpretations alongside the book, and I found Edith Grossman s especially interesting She says she saw Don Quixote as a terribly depressing book Nabokov, too, called it cruel and crude that s the guy who wrote about the stalking and raping of a child And though there are many moments of humour, I don t disagree with them There is something undeniably sad about this book, too.Maybe it is sad because this man is so deluded, so wrapped up in fictions Maybe it is the way he allows himself to be deceived, and the ways others take advantage of this chance at deception But I think, personally, that it is sad because none of it is real Don Quixote wants something admirable, to do good, defend the weak and defeat the bad guys, but it is all in his naive imagination I don t know what was truly intended by the ending but, unlike some, I don t see it as a final victory Instead I see it as a sad loss of something important Either way, I am glad to have finally read this book We can argue about interpretations, but Don Quixote s impact on western literature cannot be overstated Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


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    Don Quixote , I answered, and looked into almost shocked facial expressions, followed by quiet, uncomfortable giggling.What was the question If my friends at the coffee table had asked What is your favourite book, Lisa , and received that answer, they would have nodded knowingly, sympathetically, adding some random fact about the 1000 page classic I claimed to love than the countless other books I have read But that was not the question It was With which literary character do you identify most I was not the first one around the table to answer, and there had been plenty of identification with the brave, the strong, the pretty, the good, the clever heroes and heroines of the literary universe before it was my turn I had time to think, and to think carefully There is no one like Don Quixote to make me feel the connection between my reading self and my real life Who else loved books to the extent that he was willing to immerse himself completely in the illusion of his beloved fiction, against all reason Who else struggled to survive and keep the spirit of beautiful ideas in the face of ugly, mean, bullying reality Why was there such awkwardness when I said I identified with Don Quixote Because he is clumsy, he is bullied by the brutal ordinary people who can t stand a mind focused on literary thoughts and idealist ideas, he is treated badly and made fun of He is so very UNCOOL He makes a silly figure in the ordinary society where appearance and participation in shared activities are important to social survival and reputation than reflective thinking and expression of individuality He is off the main track, and that is only acceptable to the world if you are a strong, fighting, violent hero, not if you are a harmless, yet ridiculous dreamer If you can t be one of the group, you have to be stronger, violent than the majority Just being different is the most dangerous, the most hated thing in the world Still But I don t think there was much choice for Don Quixote He had seen the raging madness of the world, and made a decision When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies Perhaps to be too practical is madness To surrender dreams this may be madness Too much sanity may be madness and maddest of all to see life as it is, and not as it should be In the most famous scene of all, the dialogue between Sancho Pansa and Don Quixote reveals the deliberate choice to see in life than just the mere practicalities of food provision and business What giants Asked Sancho Pansa The ones you can see over there, answered his master, with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long Now look, your grace, said Sancho, what you see over there aren t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone Obviously, replied Don Quixote, you don t know much about adventures If you only have one life to live, why choose the boredom of reality when your mind can create an imaginary adventure of giant proportions What a wonderful match they are, the idealist dreamer and his realist companion, complementing each other perfectly while exploring the real world in the same way Dante and Virgil complement and support each other s thoughts while they explore the fantastic fiction of Afterlife in the Divine Comedy.To me there is heroism in seeing a perfect horse in the lame Rosinante, or a beautiful woman in the ugly, mean Dulcinea, than there could ever be in the strongest superhero riding the most powerful horse and gaining the love of the most stunning lady That is a no brainer, while it requires deeper thinking skills to see the adventure and beauty in average, weak, ugly life.The moment Don Quixote turns ridiculous, and sad and quixotic in my world, is the moment before death when he renounces his ideal in favour of the mainstream understanding of Christian comme il faut , breaking Sancho Pansa s heart, who, in his own, realist and practical way, understands the world s need for characters like Don Quixote.The sanity Don Quixote gains when he dictates his last testament is the capitulation of the tired, worn out spirit He has already stopped living Another of my favourite windmill fighting characters, Jean Barois, foresaw the weakness of old age and wrote his testament to the world at the height of his intellectual power, thus haunting the bigot winners of his dying body afterwards with his words of idealistic power from the other side of the grave And for all those who smile at Don Quixote it is much braver, and harder, to fight inanimate, mechanised windmills than fire spitting dragons And you have to have than an ounce of Don Quixote in you to try to review this book of superlatives


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    I first finished Part I of Don Quixote fifty years ago, and, although I never got around to reading Part II, over the years I managed to convince myself that I had I suspect this may be true of many other readers as well, for when people share their favorite parts of the story, they invariably mention the battles with windmills and wine skins, the inn courtyard vigil and the blanket toss, but hardly ever bring up Don Quixote s vision in the dark cavern, the manipulations of the Duke and Duchess, the wise decisions of Governor Sancho, or his master s fateful final battle with The Knight of the White Moon Yet it is here, in the second part, that the world of Quixote inspiring in its romance, sharp in its realism, magnificent in its variety becomes surprisingly post modernist and uniquely profound From the first, Quixote is complex and subtle It is never a crude contrast between a crack brained pretender to knighthood and his slow witted squire Quixote is only crazy on the subject of knight errantry, and Sancho, although na ve and illiterate, is a shrewd man filled with proverbial wisdom albeit often inaptly applied In spite of misfortune, they are never mere comedians slipping on the banana peel of existence every slapstick trouncing they receive offers them yet another opportunity for reflection often while literally on their backs, smarting from their recent wounds , and it is these discussions, filled with plausible arguments and vast logical gaps, that generate much of the rich humor of the book Like Didi and Gogo, they are existential clowns, striving to understand a baffling world at least as foolish as themselves.Reckless passion and a kind of rough chivalry pervade the novel s world of folly The shepherds and goatherds may eat their simple meals around a crude campfire, yet they understand and admire pastoral poetry and the noble act of pining away for love Each wandering wayfarer in the Quixote landscape seem eager to relate some lengthy tale of Romantic obsession and adventure All this makes our Knight of the Woeful Countenance seem like a variation than an exception, his devotion to exemplary deeds and his Dulcinea not so much a social aberration as a dedication to one bizarre strain of a still flourishing tradition.It is in the second part, however, that Quixote succeeds in surprising the reader Cervantes published this sequel almost ten years later, spurred to do so by his outrage at the printing of an unauthorized continuation by an Aragonese called Avellanada In Cervantes sequel, the knight and his squire soon learn that almost everyone they encounter on the road is familiar with their history, having read not only Cervantes but Avellanada as well Not surprisingly, the Don and Sancho condemn Avellanada as spurious nonsense These readers, upon encountering our heroes, freely share with them their own interpretations of the pair s adventures, and some of them notably the Duke and Duchess actively participate in the narrative by constructing elaborate pranks, the basis of even marvelous deeds to come These two things cause a contradictory movement in our characters consciousness they become at once self reflective and deeply committed to their fantasies By the novel s end, these reflections on the nature of the self and the nature of narrative have caused Sancho to become wiser and allowed the old Don to face his death clear eyed, without his chivalric illusions Something happens here which is almost astonishing in Quixote we can sense the novel not only this particular novel, but the novel considered as a form becoming aware of itself Cervantes casual foray into meta fiction which may have started with his human impulse to ridicule the Aragonese thief who hijacked his narrative becomes an endless quest for an Eldorado rich and strange The novel seems to mature and become self reflective, newly aware of how consciousness constructs narrative, how narrative may in turn alter consciousness, and how such alterations may further refine the nature of narrative itself The vast treasures of the quest now lie before us the works of Fielding, Sterne, Dostoevsky, Proust, Joyce, Nabokov, and many others Yes, what happens here is astonishing in Quixote we overhear the soul of Western fiction at the moment it begins to talk to itself.


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    A book of parallels, Don Quixote by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, through two of the most emblematic characters ever conceived, discusses what s imagined and what s seen, the ideal vs the real, the conflicts between illusion and actuality and how these solid lines start to blur by the influences Don Quixote and Sancho Panza inflict on each other through the course of this comic yet sad sometimes tale.A second hand account translated from Arab historian Cide Hamete Benengeli that s how our narrator describes it , the book tells the story of Alonso Quixano, a country gentleman around fifty years of age, retired, who lives with his niece and a housekeeper in a village of La Mancha A big chivalry tales enthusiast, he spends most of his time reading books Amad s de Gaula, Orlando Furioso and Tirant lo Blanch, among others about knights and their unending courage and dangerous quests His excessive reading is reading ever too much takes a toll on his mind or his brains got so dry that he lost his wits Wishing to seek for adventures and enforce peace and justice, he renames himself Don Quixote, designates Dulcinea del Toboso as the lady of his heart for a knight errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul , puts on an old armor that had belonged to his great grandfather, gets on his horse now called Rocinante and, early in the morning, starts his enterprise as knight errant After some muddles, Don Quixote ends up being severely beaten and is returned to his home by a peasant who recognizes him That is the end of his first sally.At this point, you can t help but ask yourself what really goes on inside of Don Quixote s head Could he simply be deemed as crazy In every aspect but his love for chivalry, it s noticeable how he s witty and sharp and this becomes clearer as the story goes on Putting aside the crazy card for a minute, it s impossible not to wonder if and why he s possibly trying to escape reality Has he been unhappy or unsatisfied with his life He often talks about how one day a book will be written about him, telling all of his great deeds Does he feel he s lacking accomplishments in life and therefore embarks on his imbroglio These are just a few of the superficial questions this apparently simple book raises.After a short period of unconsciousness during which his friends burn most of his books of chivalry in a funny yet unsettling scene where the parish curate judge one by one if they re appropriate or not , our clumsy hero decides that he needs an esquire and convinces his neighbor Sancho of joining him on his quests, by promising him governorship of an nsula Here, we witness the birth of literary s best relationship between a protagonist and his sidekick.Sancho Panza, described as a farm laborer, honest man but with very little wit in his pate, leaves his wife and children to serve as Quixote s esquire Big bellied, a mouthful of proverbs and the ever faithful companion, Sancho follows his master and obeys his wishes, but not without speaking his mind until he is forbidden to, since Quixote can t take his blabbering any much to our amusement though, the knight lifts his ban Matching Don Quixote s supposed insanity is Sancho s so called stupidity Sure, he s uneducated and illiterate, but could he be called stupid or dumb He realizes very early that his master is delusional as far as his chivalry ways go and is often baffled by his actions but still, never leaves his side is that because of friendship and his unwavering loyalty One of the most striking aspects of the novel is its language written in a playful and light tone, almost evoking innocence, Cervantes was able to make his readers go through moments containing some evil doings and violence without feeling any disgust some punches and kicks were rather funny and amusing And how was one supposed to witness Sancho s unfortunate encounter with the blanketers without any giggles Even being an one thousand pages book, it never feels tiring to read it its episodic format, constituted mainly of short chapters, keeps you going on just for one Before you realize it, you re three hundred pages deep already Contrary to popular belief that sequels are never as good as the original, a second volume of Don Quixote appeared in 1615 first volume came out in 1605 nowadays it s mostly published as single work and is just as good and has often been regarded by critics as better than the first installment for its greater character development and philosophical insights Written by Cervantes partially as a response to an unauthorized continuation of the novel, this infamous part 2 is actually one of the matters discussed by Cervantes on his own sequel, as Don Quixote and Sancho find out through someone who recognizes their names that there s a book written about them After hearing some of the book s contents, they dismiss it as being full of lies and injuries This was one of Cervantes innovations where characters were aware that they were being written about Don Quixote ranks really high on best books ever written lists most of the time, it stands proudly at number one Based on the number of adaptations alone dozens of films, operas and ballets , books that were influenced by it Madame Bovary by Flaubert The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Sterne and The Idiot by Dostoyevsky, to name just a few , comics, cartoons and even a painting by Picasso and a sculpture by Dal , it becomes quite clear that it isn t without reason that Don Quixote had an enormous artistic impact in the world and is considered to be one of the best works of fiction ever written.Rating simply put, Don Quixote is an undeniable masterpiece that s both amusing and thought provoking that never let me down 5 stars.


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    992 Don Quixote Don Quijote de La mancha Don Quijote de la Mancha 1 2 , Miguel de CervantesThe Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha, or just Don Quixote, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published 1972 1349 1286 1389 564 9786009104475 1390 1300 9789643741259 1605 1615 .


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    Cambiar el mundo, amigo Sancho, que no es locura ni utop a, sino Justicia Antes de comenzar a escribir mi rese a de este libro maravilloso, debo pedirle mis sentidas disculpas a don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, puesto que considero una falta de respeto el no haber le do su Don Quijote de la Mancha mucho tiempo antes de todos los que le y revision mucho despu s, especialmente y teniendo en cuenta de que me considero un lector de cl sicos Entonces, por qu no empezar por el cl sico m s importante de todos No dir que es algo imperdonable, pero si lo considero una falta grave Adem s, aclaro que una novela de semejante calibre merecer a una rese a acorde a su relevancia y aunque no puedo aventurar que sea tan extensa como la obra, tratar de hacerlo de la manera m s sentida posible.Don Quijote de la Mancha es considerada la primera novela moderna en la historia de la literatura, de eso no hay discusi n ni vueltas Podr amos considerar que hay antecedentes que nos remontan a la poca de las epopeyas griegas, pero estas est n escritas en hex metros y no poseen el cuerpo de una novela propiamente dicha.Otro antecedente se le atribuir a a Los cuentos de Canterbury el Decamer n pero estos est n orientados m s al cuento aunque posean un hilo conductor entre los distintos personajes que narran sus historias en ambos libros.A mi entender, podr a decirse que Gargant a y Pantagruel, escrito por Rabelais en 1534 es la obra que m s se aproxima al contexto novelesco del Quijote dado que ese caso s nos encontramos con una historia cuya coherencia conceptual y argumental se equipara con la de Cervantes.Algunos te ricos e historiadores literarios pretenden atribu rselo a una novelita llamada La Princesa de Cl ves escrita por Madame de La Fayette en 1678, pero eso es algo de lo que prefiero no opinar puesto que me ofende de sobremanera.No existe novela alguna que pueda considerarse como iniciadora del g nero como lo es Don Quijote de la Mancha, que fue la m s traducida, la que m s se ha editado y que en muchas ocasiones ha sido pobremente imitada, recreada o reversionada.Miguel de Cervantes fue un escritor total, puesto que incursion en la novela, la poes a y especialmente el teatro, pero fundamentalmente y a partir del Quijote es considerado un aut ntico innovador en la literatura considerando que la primera parte de esta novela fue escrita en 1605 y la segunda diez a os m s tarde a partir del enojo de Cervantes ante la publicaci n de una segunda parte ap crifa, escrita por un tal Alonso Fern ndez de Avellaneda en 1614, tergiversando la historia de Cervantes con sa a y mala intenci n, algo que el mismo Cervantes se encargar de ajusticiar tanto en el pr logo como en pasajes de la segunda parte a cargo de su propio Quijote tomando a modo de burla al escritorzuelo de Tordesillas.En realidad, Cervantes no ten a intenci n de escribir una segunda parte pero esto lo oblig a sacar al ruedo a su hidalgo y escudero y a sellar su muerte hacia el final de la historia echando por tierra cualquier intento trasnochado de resucitar a su personaje.Retomo el concepto de innovador de Cervantes puesto que en Don Quijote podemos encontrar verdaderas caracter sticas de intertextualidad, o sea, la relaci n que un texto oral o escrito mantiene con otros textos orales o escritos , ya sean contempor neos o anteriores el conjunto de textos con los que se vincula expl cita o impl citamente un texto constituye un tipo especial de contexto, que influye tanto en la producci n como en la comprensi n del discurso tomado esto de conceptos de teor a literaria.A qu me refiero con esto, a que constantemente en esta novela encontraremos conexi n con otras obras como Las Metamorfosis de Ovidio, La Eneida de Virgilio, La ll ada y La Odisea , ambas de Homero, el Orlando Furioso de Ariosto, El Lazarillo de Tormes , El Vellocino de Oro de Apuleyo, infinidad de referencias a los textos b blicos del Viejo y Nuevo Testamento, el g nero picaresco, la s tira, el romancero, el barroquismo, obras del Renacimiento, la poes a y por supuesto, lo m s importante de todo las novelas de caballer a.Tan innovador es Cervantes que incluso por primera vez incluye peque as novelas dentro de la novela principal, como lo son las de El Curioso impertinente y El Cautivo , las historia de Dorotea, el Caballero de la Sierra, el cuento de la pastora Marcela, la curiosa historia de la infanta Micomicona, la due a Dolorida, la Altisidora y la de do a Rodr guez Este concepto de novela dentro de otras ser explotado por gigantes literarios de la talla de Fi dor Dostoievski o Herman Melville, como podemos comprobar dentro de obras como Los Hermanos Karam zov , Los Demonios o Moby Dick , por nombrar s lo algunos t tulos, lo que prueba la influencia del gran escritor espa ol para las letras que le sucedieron Y todo esto dicho a partir de los di logos de Don Quijote, Sancho Panza y un pu ado de personajes que no llega a la veintena Qui n puede negar la grandeza innovadora y pionera de Cervantes en la literatura Qui n puede negarlo como uno de los padres de las letras universales Don Quijote est narrado a partir de las cr nicas de un musulm n, llamado el Cide Hamete Benengeli Cervantes lo utiliza como alter ego para llevar adelante la historia del hidalgo en las dos partes Luego de terminar la novela reconozco encontr un poco m s dif cil de leer la primera parte que la segunda Tal vez, el espa ol antiguo conspira contra el lector que no est acostumbrado a este tipo de narrativas Le la edici n de Penguin Cl sicos revisada por el catedr tico de la Universidad Aut noma de Madrid y especialista en el Siglo de Oro espa ol, Florencio Sevilla Arroyo, quien contribuy con 1710 notas a pie de p gina para la primera parte y 1887 para la segunda, lo que demuestra cu nto cuesta adaptar una obra del siglo XVII a nuestros d as Confieso que en algunos casos me fue realmente tiles y en otros simplemente no me ayudaron a comprender la naturaleza del vocablo o frase, pero es preferible contar con 3597 notas al pie que con ninguna.Pero vayamos brevemente a nuestros personajes principales Alonso Quijano Quejana en la primera parte , devenido en Don Quijote es el s mbolo del idealismo y el hero smo que todos los seres humanos poseemos en cuerpo y alma y que expresamos en mayor o menor media Su devoci n total a las novelas de caballer as y a enarbolar las banderas de la causa del caballero andante, su idolatr a a personajes como Amad s de Gaula y el mismo Orlando Furioso lo llevan a calzarse las armas, vestir su armadura y montar a Rocinante para buscar aventuras inventadas por su propia locura y sus visiones desmedidas Y todo esto porque como bien lo aclara el Cide Hamete En resoluci n, l se enfrasc tanto en su lectura, que se le pasaban las noches leyendo de claro en claro, y los d as de turbio en turbio, y as , del poco dormir y del mucho leer, se le sec el cerebro, de manera que vino a perder el juicio Llen sele la fantas a de todo aquello que le a en los libros, as de encantamientos, como de pendencias, batallas, desaf os, heridas, requiebros, as, tormentas y disparates imposibles, y asent sele de tal modo en la imaginaci n que era verdad toda aquella m quina de aquellas so adas invenciones que le a, que para l no hab a otra historia m s cierta en el mundo Nombra a Sancho Panza su fiel escudero y sale al galope para luchar contra todos los encantadores que le persiguen y a la vez, jurando el amor eterna a su amor, do a Dulcinea del Toboso, una doncella que s lo vive en su imaginaci n y que nunca vio y la que ni siquiera su rostro conoce Esta Dulcinea si es de carne y hueso en la novela se llama Aldonza Lorenzo pero nunca se entera del amor que el Caballero de la Triste Figura le profesa eternamente.Se enredar en un sinf n de misiones peligrosas en las que algunas que casi le cuestan la vida Algunas de ellas son arremeter contra molinos de viento confundi ndolos con gigantes de muchos brazos, sus cruces con el Cort s de la Muerte, el Caballero del Bosque, el Caballero de los Espejos que es una chanza llevada a cabo por su amigo Sans n Carrasco para probar el estado de su locura , el Caballero del Verde Gab n, su lucha por apoderarse del yelmo de Mambrino que al fin de cuentas es una bac a de barbero, su incursi n a la cueva de Montesinos, el reba o de carneros que confunde con un enorme ej rcito y por sobre todo con una pesada broma que le juegan el Duque y la Duquesa durante su estad a en el castillo de estos.Todas estas visiones ilusorias o ideales inalterables de don Quijote ser n tomadas por otros autores Podr a citar a Lewis Carroll para su Alicia en el pa s de las Maravillas y Alicia a trav s del espejo , puesto que tanto molinos de vientos como un reba o de carneros devenidos en ej rcito pueden compararse con los ej rcitos de naipes y animales fant sticos que crea Carroll en sus libros.Los ideales quijotescos pueden apreciarse incluso en personajes como el Pr ncipe Mishkin en la novela El Idiota de Fi dor Dostoievski con su lema La belleza salvar al mundo , o en el de Ignatius Reilly de La conjura de los necios de John Kennedy Toole Nik lai G gol escribe Almas Muertas , considerado el Quijote ruso dado que su afinidad con el hidalgo espa ol es sorprendente si tenemos en cuenta el viaje que realiza y las personas con las que se encuentra su personaje principal, Chichikov junto a su lacayo Petrushka y que tiene innumerables puntos en com n entre ambas novelas, algo de destacar en G gol del que se nota tambi n poseer una verdadera admiraci n por la obra de Cervantes Y comento esto por tomar s lo dos casos de la influencia que Cervantes ejerci en tantos escritores y que es vasta puesto que no hay autor que no le admire como dijera previamente, Fi dor Dostoievski, Herman Melville, pero tambi n Goethe, Gustave Flaubert y su Quijote con faldas , como llamaron a Madame Bovary , Jorge Luis Borges, Benito P rez Gald s, Miguel de Unamuno En fin, la lista es largaPero don Quijote es fiel a sus ideales, nunca ceja ni se detiene, se compromete a defender al d bil, como a ese muchacho que est siendo azotado por su amo o aquella doncella que fue ofendida por su enamorado Siempre tomar su lanza y nunca defraudar a todo aquel que necesite de su ayuda.Qu decir de Sancho Panza, ese escudero fiel, aunque temeroso enamorado del buen comer quien tambi n persigue un ideal que al final consigue, el de ser gobernador de la nsula Barataria que don Quijote le promete y a trav s del duque se le concede Tan s lo diez d as durar su gobierno, pero estar poblado de jugosas an cdotas El significado de la amistad est fielmente demostrado en la figura de este personaje que nunca abandona, que acompa a y que se sacrifica por su amo m s all de su notoria cobard a.Queda tambi n claramente establecido el contraste entre el idealismo de don Quijote y el realismo de Sancho Panza, y esto funciona a modo de perfecto equilibrio entre las partes Ambos son dos polos opuestos que a la vez se suplementan y complementan hasta en un grado tal que uno no puede funcionar muy bien sin el otro Se necesitan, se apoyan y se sostienen Se transforman en uno s lo.Un rasgo nico y maravilloso de Sancho Panza es su fuente infinita de refranes y frases Todo lo que expresa se transforma en una mara a de dichos que a veces confunde y que hacen re r al lector Y es que Sancho es uno de los personajes m s divertidos y m s queribles de la literatura Qui n puede no sentir cari o por un personaje como l Sancho es un personaje justo y necesario y otra hubiera sido la novela l no hubiera estado en ella.Leer todos esos refranes y proverbios de Sancho me hizo recordar instant neamente a mi abuela, do a Palmira Alende Gonz lez de Bueno, espa ol sima de origen, casada con don Inocencio Bueno, ambos originarios de Castilla la Vieja y, oh casualidad, que en la p gina final del Quijote encuentro que el Cide Hamete nomba su ciudad natalMi abuela, famosa por tener frases y refranes que nunca olvid , que le dec a a mi madre y que luego me trasmit a a m fue una comparaci n perfecta para las frases de Sancho Si me habr re do con sus dichos como Al que juega con la miel se le pega y Eso es la loter a m s segura , cuando se enteraba de que una de sus hijas estaba embarazada u otras como All Marta con sus pollos y la que m s me gusta Mucho te quiero culo, pero no te alcanzo a besar todas estas frases son sanchezcas, cervantinas y espa olas Leer a Sancho fue recordar a Palmira.En resumidas cuentas, Don Quijote de la Mancha es la madre de todas las novelas, guste o no Cervantes supo crear en Don Quijote un personaje nico, inolvidable y por que no, alguien del cual todos tenemos algo, ya que de cuerdos y locos todos tenemos un poco Dios tenga en la gloria a don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, al Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha y a don Sancho Panza Este viaje maravilloso de 1215 p ginas vali bien la pena.


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    This book wore my ss out It s funny and good and I love tomes but I don t think I was totally ready this time Whew The narrator was great on audio but I couldn t keep up in my book for reasons so I just listened Happy Reading Mel


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    Can I tell you a story only it may take a little time because sometimes a thousand trifles have to be recounted, as irrelevant as they are necessary, for the true understanding of a tale. Chapter I Regarding what befell the narrator on visiting a theatreThe comic operetta Don Quixote was being performed at my local theatre and I was amongst the audience at the first performance It was a lively and entertaining re enactment featuring the knight errant Don Quixote and his erring squire Sancho Panza, and many of their adventures were recounted As I sat in the theatre watching the performance I found myself and drawn towards the happenings on the stage I continually shifted in my seat, and half rose from it many times I kept wanting to intervene, to give Don Quixote a fine new coat of armour, for example, and to exchange the old shaving bowl he wore on his head for the real Helmet of Mambrino which, as an avid reader with a large library, I knew exactly where to find I wanted to give his horse Rocinante a really good feed so that he would have some flesh on his poor bones though I also knew that his and his master s bony condition had saved them already from being eaten by a hungry lion I wanted to give Sancho Panza an even larger role in the story, with longer speeches, proverbs, and greater opportunity to influence events I wanted to go backstage and meet with the producer and perhaps get a glimpse of the man who wrote the libretto But most of all I wanted Don Quixote to finally meet the Lady Dulcinea Chapter II In which the diverting adventure of a puppet master is recounted, along with other things that are really worthwhile.The operetta had reached the scene where Don Quixote is sitting in an inn along with other customers watching a traveling puppeteer s production of the tale of a beautiful princess held captive in a castle In the course of the puppet show, the puppet princess escapes from the castle and is pursued by her captors Before anyone realised what he intended, Don Quixote sprang from his seat intent on rescuing the princess He swung his sword at the hoard of cardboard figures, reducing them, and the entire puppet theatre to smithereens within minutes Pandemonium ensued Don Quixote s reckless actions were just the example I needed Though it wasn t easy to move fast in my long opera gown, I ran towards the steps at the side of the stage, heedless of the whisperings and murmurings of the people I d disturbed on the way Before anyone knew what I intended, I had joined the actors on the stage where the puppet master was loudly bewailing the destruction of his puppet theatre Don Quixote was dreamily contemplating the havoc he had created when he glanced up and noticed me standing near him The Knight of the Sorrowful Face never looked so happy The Lady Dulcinea at last, freed from her enchantment, he said, dropping to one knee and covering my hands with kisses Everyone was stupefied If that s the Lady Dulcurea , muttered Sancho Panza, looking me up and down, I ll eat my packsaddle Curb your tongue, you jester and longtime nuisance, responded Don Quixote, does it seem right to dishonour and insult a duenna as venerable and worthy of respect as she Consider and reflect on your words before they leave your mouth I wasn t terribly pleased to be described as a duenna but I didn t have time to debate the point because at that moment, the producer emerged from the wings and began to propel me from the stage The Lady Dulcinea will appear at the proper time, dear Don Quixote, he whispered consolingly, and those words you ve just uttered about the duenna belong in a later scene This is the scene with the puppet theatre in the inn Let s not get ahead of ourselves Then he signalled to the puppet master to carry on with his speech and pushed me into the wings though I struggled a bit I d quite enjoyed being addressed as the Lady Dulcinea, duenna or no duenna.Chapter III Which continues the tale of The Reader who was Recklessly Meddlesome What do you think you re doing interfering in my production in such a ridiculous fashion the producer hissed into my ear, pushing me down a corridor and closing the door to the stage It s all so entrancing I just couldn t stay in my seat, I insisted excitedly And I want to help Don Quixote, and Sancho Panza too, I want to arrange things better for them What would you do for Sancho Panza he asked, standing with his back to the stage door and stroking his pointed beard thoughtfully I d give him a lot speeches, I said eagerly, seeing that he d calmed down a bit Speeches that would show him to be cleverer than he appears at the moment because I m certain he is really very clever And what would you do for Don Quixote I would give him success in a tournament, and I d like to think he might sometime meet the Lady Dulcinea, even if only briefly He didn t answer immediately, just continued to stroke his beard thoughtfully It seemed that he might be considering my request Can I examine your spectacles, he asked suddenly, holding out his hand.I was so surprised that I handed over my glasses immediately Tortoiseshell, I see, he said, tapping the frames with his index finger, I ve only ever seen it used for peinetas Can I borrow these spectacles Absolutely not, I cried, I can t see a thing without them and I ll miss the rest of the play I m missing enough as it is Hmm, if you won t lend the spectacles, perhaps you d lend your person he said with the trace of a smile After the interval there s a short scene involving a duenna called Do a Rodr guez who wears spectacles, and since you want so much to be involved, you could take her place She only appears once, and only has a couple of lines to deliver But you must remove that ring, he said, pointing to a ring I wore on my left hand.I was thrilled to be given a chance to take part and agreed immediately, especially when the director said he might tweak some of the later scenes to allow Sancho Panzo to have a greater role, just as I had requested He went off to consult with Cide Hamete, the librettist, while a costume person brought me a long and elaborate headdress to wear, complete with a peineta The whole thing resembled a nun s veil I donned it unwillingly What can t be cured must be endured, after all, and the habit does not make the nun Chapter IV Which deals wth matters related to this history and no otherImmediately after the interval comes the scene where Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are being welcomed to the castle of a wealthy duke All the duennas in the service of the duchess stand in line to greet them This was my big scene Each duenna is supposed to be accompanied by a daughter so I also had a daughter whose job was to hold the end of my long headdress As I stood with all the others, the two heroes passed so close to me I could have reached out and touched their sleeves Just as they were about to enter the castle, Sancho stopped as if he d forgotten something, and then he turned to me and said, Se ora Gonzalez, or whatever your grace s name may be. Do a Rodriguez de Grijalba is my name, I responded, settling into my role, How can I help you, brother I was ready to oblige him in whatever way I could until I heard what he wanted I was to go outside the castle gate and find his donkey and take him to the stable, because the donkey apparently didn t like to be left alone under any circumstances I didn t think this was at all the kind of duty a duenna was supposed to undertake, and so I told Sancho in a slightly raised voice Then we traded a few insults in which the word old was mentioned The duchess and Don Quixote overheard and the Don castigated Sancho severely see his lines above while the duchess explained that though I was wearing spectacles and a wimple, I was in fact still quite young I was mollified and Sancho went on his way, muttering something about the need for duennas to show generosity towards donkeys.Chapter V Which recounts the second adventure of the Duenna, also called Do a Rodriguez I watched the next few scenes from the wings It seemed to me that the Duke and Duchess were organizing some very elaborate entertainments at the expense of the two heroes, entertainments in which a fair amount of trickery and deceit was involved The I watched, the less I liked it, especially when Don Quixote was clawed by a bunch of angry cats he thought were demons He was recovering in his bed from this attack when I decided to creep into his chamber during the night and warn him about what the Duke and Duchess were up to To get his attention, I had to pretend there was a damsel in distress who needed his help, so I told him that my daughter had been forsaken by her lover and would he please challenge the lover to a duel That was exactly the right way to get him onside and he began to pay attention to the rest of what I had to say I had just begun to explain about all the trickery that was going on in the castle when some figures dressed in black appeared and began to spank me unmercifully Ouch, I cried, help, help , but to no avail see update status page 772 because Don Quixote was also being attacked, and since Sancho Panza was far away, he couldn t comfort either of us with his soothing proverbs And so ended my unfortunate and embarrassing mid night t te t te with the noble knight Chapter VI Regarding matters that concern and pertain to this adventureBack stage, everybody was complaining about my foolishness and audacity in meddling in the plot and generally making a spectacle of myself The director said he regretted letting me play the part of the duenna I was forbidden to step on stage again, and or less thrown out of the theatre But I didn t want to leave without speaking further with Don Quixote, and even with Sancho, who d suddenly begun to deliver some of the best speeches of the entire opera, filled with juicy proverbs like pears in a wicker basket I reckoned I might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb, and how would an omelette get made if we didn t break a few eggs, so I hid behind a windmill prop in the wings and waited my chance As the Don and his squire were taking leave of the Duke, I stepped onstage once again and had the most interesting of my encounters with Don Quixote and the wise squire Sancho When we had finished conversing, I withdrew to a seat at the back of the theatre to watch the rest of the operetta, completely satisfied that my interventions had been useful and were achieving some effect.Postscript Which recounts what will be seen by whoever reads it and other matters which will be understood if the reader reads with attentionSo now you ve heard the story of how Do a Rodriguez, who was only supposed to have one scene in the opera, ended up having three, and of how this crazy reader, who recklessly entered the story, brought this mischief about If you don t believe any of this could have happened, read Chapter LVI of Don Quixote, Regarding the extraordinary and unprecedentedly successful battle that Don Quixote of La Mancha had with the footman Tosilos in defense of the daughter of the duenna Do a Rodriguez.And when you ve read that, read Chapter LXIX Concerning the strangest and most remarkable event to befall Don Quixote in the entire course of his history which features not just one spectacle wearing duenna but four My tortoiseshell glasses had started a craze.When the performance was finally over, I left the theatre, pleased that my recklessness had lead to such a satisfying outcome, but thoughtful too about some of the things that had happened Why had Don Quixote addressed me as the Lady Dulcinea Why had the director asked me to remove my ring I took it from my pocket and examined it It s an old ring, in fact it s been in my family for a long, long time I had picked it to wear to the theatre because it has a heraldic design, showing a gyron or triangular shape inside a coat of arms.What all that signifies however, I cannot quite grasp for the moment, but I m hoping some attentive reader will soon tell me..


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    done quixote pun quixote fun quixote none quixoteand that s not entirely true there are some rollicking good times in here, but the first part is so much endlessly episodic violence, and while the second half becomes calmer and focused, it never got my imagination engaged nor my blood flowing.in fact, although i know he really does love it, i can t help but feel that brian s recommending this to me is similar to the duke and duchess having their fun with don q i feel like brian is pulling a prank on me that he does not want me to meet my reading goal and is laughingly crowing, no, karen, you will not read 150 books this year i am preventing you i will show you despite the amount of time i was stalled on this one, i will come right back in the game.but this, i did not love this and a lot of it is just context i can appreciate it as an artifact and as a foundation for western literature, but it suffers from the fate of any work that was not edited professionally tastes change over time just in the same way that marilyn monroe would have probably had to drop fifteen pounds to rock our modern day underfed runway ideal, so this book could lose a similar amount of text stop frothing, bri, seriously if this turned up in some slush pile somewhere, there would be allll kinds of criticism, and it might even get passed around the office lgm a few times to the giggles of the editorial assistants this guy can t even keep the supporting character s wife s name straight , this is inconsistent , this is repetitive what is this interlude that has nothing to do with anything else doing in here this is flat out stolen from another source an editor would go to town on this puppy.but we have the luxury of reading this 500 years after it was written and marveling at how fresh and modern it still sounds and part of it is very modern but grossman s frequent cervantes probably meant ____here or this is the wrong reference would not play in a modern novel if jonathan safran foer had done this, there would be a crown of pretentious classics majors drawling, i can t believe he said perseus when he meant theseus guffaw guffaw.but 500 years down the road, we can afford to be forgiving vanity press authors take heart and i am aware i am being nitpicky, i am just interested in pointing out how a lot of people who love this book would be very indignant to read something produced today that had so many obvious flaws but i do admire longevity.i just couldn t get into it, overall there are a lot of great moments here the burning of the books nooo , the puppet show, don q in a cage, and great non action sequences in the discussions of the value of drama as a medium and the difficulty of translation and many other minor occurrences.the first half is just episode after episode of this delusional thug with some kind of roid rage, meth aggression attacking people and innocent lions, unprovoked, and his sidekick who is a grasping fiend who would sell you out for even the promise of a sandwich and it all reads like marx brothers slapsticky stuff i mean, how do you break someone s nose with a loaf of bread with the second half, it is better and becomes self reflexive and much sadder, but a lot of it still remains tedious the second half, written ten years after the first part, frequently references the unauthorized sequel to don q that some guy wrote and pissed cervantes off it is like a mean girl passing notes to the cool kids, did you hear what he said that s my man he s messing with etc etc.and i am not a lazy reader, even though my tastes tend toward a faster pace than this, but i have read plenty of slow paced, dense prose that didn t make me take out my mental red pen and slash away at what i felt was extraneous or repetitious.i can appreciate the message about art and its impact and its potential and its place in the world, but i did not have fun reading this book.and i make no apologies and for jasmine who doesn t think there is anything complicated or pretentious in the spanish language this qualifies, i think it gets all meta in the second act for its time, it was seriously mind bending stuff.come to my blog