Don Quixote Study Guide

Don Quixote Study Guide

Original title:
Don Quijote de La Mancha
February 25th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published January 16th 1605)
La Mancha (Spain) Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) Spain
ISBN 0142437239 (ISBN13: 9780142437230)

One thing Spanish culture is famous for, after delicious food, is chivalric romances. And then comes the legendary “Don Quixote”. Written in the beginning of the 16th century, the book conquered its place among best literature fiction works and was referenced by numerous authors in later years. 

Inspired by the great novels and even greater stories, a middle-aged gentleman employs a local farmer and takes up the mission to right all the wrongs and save all the poor. His journey is greatly influenced by the people he meets on his way and ideas he created in his own mind. 

Even though the book is meant to be a parody, it surely reads as a comedy. In the light of absurdity of clumsiness and unreasonable actions of Don Quixote humble and silly Sancho Panza seems wise just because he doesn’t try to make his wit work the woe. 

The book has everything: something to lough at, something to think about, something to cry about and something to remember for a long time after finishing the last page. The language of the book is spectacular: the text is full of proverbs, dictums, exciting monologues, many detailed descriptions and even more bright events. From interesting clothing to thrilling actions, the story takes you on an exciting journey. 

And all this is despite the fact that Cervantes had to write most of his works in prison, where he didn’t have access to neither Internet nor library to enrich his text with. “Don Quixote” is entirely a product of his rich imagination and erudition. 

Despite all the hardships, readers appreciate the attitude of Mr. Alonso Quixano who loves the world as it is, even when he’s beaten up and on the ground, or when he’s suffering from love to his beloved Dulcinea del Toboso, and especially when the entire world is mocking him. It’s worth reading the book just to absorb this sense of own purpose and intention of leading one’s own life no matter what. Consider a good lough between the chapters as a bonus. 

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