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Reviews of Don Quixote (1605)

Review by thethomas (2010-04-21)
This book is a consistently clever/witty satire of every epic story of heroism.
The problem with this book is its consistency. I could more appropriately call it a redundantly clever, repetitively witty satire of all the foibles involved in writing an interesting story of heroism.
I read it as long as I could endure, then quit. I would suggest you do the same, or just read William Golding's "Princess Bride" which has the same purpose, but is infinitely more enjoyable.

(This review refers to the 1712 version titled “Don Quixote”)

Review by nui6882 (2003-07-19)
The first novel in Western history, Cervantes' Don Quixote is a comic novel unparalleled in the 400 years that followed. There are even instances of seemingly postmodern self-reflexivity. In 1605! What a great book. So much more than simply a nut tilting at windmills, Don Quixote is a great book, and a hilarious one to boot.




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