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Don Quixote

Immortalized as a Spanish classic literature work, Don Quixote is a book by Miguel de Cervantes written in two parts throughout 1605 and 1615.

For any Spanish language learner taking it upon themselves to read this work, a flawless Spanish vocabulary is needed as the book is intended towards native speakers.

Seen as a “must read”-book, Don Quixote is often lamented as being a founding work of modern Western literature – even sometimes labeled as being the best literary work ever written.

The plot in the book 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 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.

For exploring the Spanish language, Don Quixote is for the advanced or native Spanish language learners who’s looking to extend their vocabulary and enjoy a true literary classic.

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From: The Gutenberg Project
Author: Miguel de Cervantes