Don Quixote Author:Cervantes, translated by Samuel Putnam "Not less than three times in his or her lifetime should everyone read Don Quixote," wrote Aubrey Bell in his book on Cervantes, "in youth, middle age, and old age." This novel, which has been translated into more than a hundred languages, is the first truly modern novel and one of the greatest of all time - a quickening influence on readers and... more » writers to this day.
Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story based upon a manuscript by the invented Moorish historian, Cide Hamete Benengeli.
The protagonist, Alonso Quixano, is a country gentleman who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is a knight errant. Together with his earthy squire Sancho Panza, the self-styled "Don Quixote de la Mancha" sets out in search of adventure. The "lady" for whom Quixote seeks to toil is Dulcinea del Toboso, an imaginary object crafted from a neighbouring farmgirl (her real name is Aldonza Lorenzo) by the illusion-struck "knight" to be the object of his courtly love. "Dulcinea" is totally unaware of Quixote's feelings for her, nor does she actually appear in the novel.« less