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Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes


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Don Quixote (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha) is a novel by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. It is considered one of the best novels of all time, often called the first actual modern novel, and is one of the most translated books in the world. It was first published in 1605 and it tells the story of Alonso Quixano, a member of the Spanish nobility. Being very fond of reading stories about chivalry, Alonso reads so many that eventually he loses his mind and he decides to become a knight, and wander the land in search of adventure. Using the name Don Quixote de la Mancha, he recruits Sancho Panza to be his squire, and goes to live his fantasy.

The book has been interpreted as a comic novel, a tragedy, and a philosophical social commentary. It has influenced books such as The Three Musketeers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Split into two volumes, with the second volume being more serious than the mostly farcical first one, it was a huge success when it was originally published.

This is the 1885 John Ormsby translation which includes copious footnotes and explanations, and which is considered one of the most accurate English translations available.

№ 1 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

№ 25 in Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 769 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1605.

Production notes: This ebook of Don Quixote was published by Global Grey on the 19th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Don Quijote and Sancho Panza' by Honoré Daumier.

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