Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra & Edith Grossman

Don Quixote

By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra & Edith Grossman

  • Release Date: 2009-02-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
4
From 67 Ratings

Description

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven't experienced Don Quixote in English until you've read this masterful translation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Reviews

  • Rating for e-book, not novel

    2
    By Ennui79
    If one is using an iPad or iPhone to read, the endnotes are not accessible. They seem to only work on the Books app on a MacBook. Requested refund. Had to buy for Kindle app instead.
  • Unreadable

    1
    By lagomcurt
    This ebook is unreadable. I looked forward to finally reading this masterpiece, but from the beginning was disappointed, finally to the point of abandoning it. First, it’s impossible to access the notes, and I don’t read Latin. Second, the passages of verse are broken and incomplete. Guess I’ll buy a paperback.This ebook isn’t even worth 3 bucks.
  • Great translation, but faulty iBook

    2
    By LadyGrady
    It is literally impossible to access the footnotes from the iPhone Books app. The numbers are visible, but tapping them does nothing. This is very aggravating, as the footnotes are often quite important to understanding the story. If I want to read them, I have to look them up later on my computer, which is ridiculous. Further, in portrait mode, inset poems (which are frequent) are cut off on the left edge. I can read them in landscape mode, but I shouldn’t have to change my preferred reading method to deal with faulty ebook typesetting. (This is nowhere near as problematic as the broken footnotes, however.) Finally, it would be very helpful (and I imagine rather easy) to include the page numbers from the print edition. I am reading the book as part of a club and it is difficult for us to get on the same page. I’m paying the full price of a paper book for this file – I expect it to work at least as well as a paper book would!
  • Seemingly impossible to read endnotes?

    1
    By fjrsvkonbrjbll
    I’m so frustrated trying to figure out how to access the endnotes. One would assume that one could click the numerical note and it would take you to the endnotes page where you could read the note. But the links don’t work. Searching on google is giving me zero results. Apple support is not helping. I am so excited to read this book but I can’t do it until I can figure out how to read the notes. I am extremely disappointed and honestly extremely surprised with, first, how poorly designed this product is, and secondly, with the fact that I cannot find any support or solutions for my problem!!
  • COPY ERROR found one so far

    3
    By elizabethinizationalism
    There is a repeat of passages. At least one location. Book reads well and translation is great. For the price I would expect more from the copying.
  • Don't be scared of reading Don Quixote

    5
    By SkippyK
    For years, I had assumed that Don Quixote was one of those classics that nobody actually read anymore, because the language would be so dense and the writing style so, well, old that it would be a chore to get through. Then I came across this translation by Edith Grossman, read a couple of pages and realized how wrong I was. Cervantes wrote Don Quixote with tremendous wit, verve and imagination and Grossman's translation retains as much of the humor and clever wordplay as is possible in a translation. My fears that Don Quixote would be a boring slog were entirely unfounded. The inventiveness and imagination of Cervantes shines through every page and the language sparkles beautifully. Before I read it, I thought it was a novel I would never read. But by the time I was done, it had become -- hands down -- my favorite book. So don't be scared: you too can read Don Quixote. And trust me, you're missing out if you don't.