Don Quixote, Volume 1
This is volume 1 of 2.Don Quixote is an early novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story in the character of the Morisco historian, Cide Hamete Benengeli, whom he claims to have hired to translate the story from an Arabic manuscript he found in Toledo’s bedraggled old Jewish quarter.
The protagonist, Alonso Quixano, is a minor landowner who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is a knight errant. Together with his companion Sancho Panza, the self-styled Don Quixote de la Mancha sets out in search of adventures. His “lady” is Dulcinea del Toboso, an imaginary object of his courtly love crafted from a neighbouring farmgirl by the illusion-struck “knight” (her real name is Aldonza Lorenzo, and she is totally unaware of his feelings for her. In addition, she never actually appears in the novel).
Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at or near the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
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September 04, 2013
I must read. As a young woman while reading this book in Spanish, often i would seek my mother's help as it was difficcult for me to understand... Still, never gave up on it. Today i am a psychologist who, without doubt was highly influenced by this remarkable Spanish literature masterpiece. It simply depicts the undeniable similarities of humans. Izzy Padura-Alvarez
April 26, 2013
Great read indeed. Although recorded by different readers, they all proved competent and understandable. Some of them are really good- perhaps up to a professional level. As for the book itself, it is a masterpiece. Definitely, it is not a one time read. In short, it displays the struggle between the ego (Don Quixote) and the self (Sancho Panza). The genius of the narrative renders it placeless and timeless. It is a show of the human universality. Wanis H. Shalaby
March 02, 2013
Great first part. Could not listen to last couple of chapters. The speed reader towards the end ruined this book!
January 27, 2013
November 20, 2012
Is The most important book of the Spanish Literature.
August 26, 2012
July 09, 2012
Takes a little time but give it a listen. You may be surprised. Amazing how so much of it is like contemporary times.
March 29, 2012
Besides being of course a great book, this is very well read and feels almost as a professional recording. Fascinating. I hope this narrator records more books. About the work everything has been said and you dont need more to know its amazing, although in english it looses much of its flavourm in my view.
October 09, 2011