Book Review Don Quixote

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Book Review Don Quixote Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. This novel has been around for four hundred years. Don Quixote is one of the few books that has created a universally-recognized adjective ‘quixotic’. Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. It has had major influence on the literary community, as evidenced by direct references in Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers (1844) and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). In Norwegian Book Club’s 2002 list, Don Quixote was cited as the "best literary work ever written". It and has been translated into more languages than any book other than the Bible. I chose this book for writing a review on because I am entertained by this book like no others. The book is divided into two parts. In book one, we can see Don Quixote, a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals written in books he has read, he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. After a first failed adventure, he sets out on a second one with a laborer named Sancho Panza, whom he has persuaded to accompany him as his faithful squire. In return for Sancho’s services, Don Quixote promises to make Sancho the governor of an isle. On Rocinante, a barn horse well past his prime, Don Quixote rides the roads of Spain in search of glory and grand adventure. He gives up food, shelter, and comfort, all in the name of a woman, Dulcinea del Toboso, whom he envisions as a princess. On his second journey, Don Quixote becomes more of a bandit than a savior, stealing from and hurting baffled and rightly angry

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