Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraDon 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 Quixotes 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 years.
With 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.
Don Quijote de la Mancha (Dibujos Animados)
Originally conceived as a parody of the chivalric romances that had long been in literary vogue, it describes realistically what befalls an aging knight who, his head bemused by reading such romances, sets out on his old horse Rocinante , with his pragmatic squire, Sancho Panza , to seek adventure. Widely and immediately translated first English translation , the novel was a great and continuing success and is considered a prototype of the modern novel.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Published in two parts, in and , Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. A founding work of Western literature , it is often labeled "the first modern novel "  and is sometimes considered the best literary work ever written. The plot revolves around the adventures of a noble hidalgo from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant caballero andante to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza , as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote's rhetorical monologues on knighthood , already considered old-fashioned at the time. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story.
However, if you ask him or her if they have fully read the book, well, not everyone would say yes. Alonso Quixano is an Hidalgo , a low-ranking Spanish person of nobility. He loves reading literature about knights and fantastic stories about chivalry, princesses, magicians, and enchanted castles. In fact, he is so involved with these fantasies that he slowly starts to lose touch with reality and begins to believe that he is one of these fictional heroes. Alonso finds some old armor and prepares an old horse from the stable, which he names Rocinante. As for himself, he bestows the name Don Quixote because it rhymes with the name of the famous knight Lanzarote , also known as Lancelot. So, the new knight sets off on an adventure with a ridiculous new costume and the hope of committing heroic deeds.
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