Don Quixote - Abridged edition Author:Miguel de Cervantes "Down in a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to recollect, there lived, not long ago, one of those gentlemen who usually keep a lance upon a rack, an old buckler, a lean stallion, and a coursing greyhound.... The age of our gentleman bordered upon fifty years; he was of a strong constitution, spare-bodied, of a meagre visa... more »ge, a very early riser, and a lover of the chase."
Don Quixote is thus introduced to the world. He and his squire, the faithful Sancho Panza, ride off in search of giants to slay, fair maidens to honor, villains to rout, and glory to win.
And soon after their first appearance in 1604, they rode off into immortality. Don Quixote won Cervantes immediate popularity in Spain, was translated into English by 1616, and became one of the foundational works of Western literature. The good don has given us the word "quixotic", meaning "impractically romantic", and his adventures have been spun off and adapted hundreds of times.
Hi dream-quest, funny, pathetic, and infuriating in turns, continues to inspire and, above all, to entertain.
Full title: The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha