It’s just absurd to review Don Quixote. It’ll suffice to say that Cervantes messes with your head and kicks ass bigtime.
The author maligns his protagonist, makes everyone despise him, and relentlessly passes judgment on Quixote’s failures and flaws in a cynical way. But Cervantes martyrs Quixote in such a dramatic fashion that the hero transcends to the level of a pure and noble individual. Any 500-year old book that can pull that off is worth 950 pages of difficult prose.
The book could have been a bit slimmer, but remember it’s an oldie. Marilyn Monroe might have dropped fifteen pounds to scorch the screen now, but 1950s didn’t demand it. Quixote, no matter how dumb & fat he is, should be on your bookshelf.
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