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“Don Quixote, a lanky scarecrow of a man with his withered face and lantern jaw, dons his rusty armour and mounts his ramshackle steed, Rozinante. With lance couched he still rides through our lives, followed by his potbellied squire Sancho Panza.” With these words, Walter Starkie launches the introduction to his highly esteemed translation and abridgment of Cervantes’s great classic—a book that has enchanted generations of readers throughout the world.
Brimming with humor, rich in idealism and earthy common sense, vivid in its characterizations of men and women from every walk of life—nobles, priests, impassioned damsels, simple country girls, rogues, and romantics—Don Quixote, in this zestful translation, will win many new friends.
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“Don Quixote, a lanky scarecrow of a man with his withered face and lantern jaw, dons his rusty armour and mounts his ramshackle steed, Rozinante. With lance couched he still rides through our lives, followed by his potbellied squire Sancho Panza.” With these words, Walter Starkie launches the introduction to his highly esteemed translation and abridgment of Cervantes’s great classic—a book that has enchanted generations of readers throughout the world.
Brimming with humor, rich in idealism and earthy common sense, vivid in its characterizations of men and women from every walk of life—nobles, priests, impassioned damsels, simple country girls, rogues, and romantics—Don Quixote, in this zestful translation, will win many new friends.
Product Details
Hardcover (1104 pages)
Published: October 15, 1991
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 9780679407584
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  • En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flaco y galgo corredor.

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  • In een plaatsje in La Mancha, waarvan de naam mij niet te binnen wil schieten, leefde niet lang geleden zo'n edelman met een lans in zijn wapenrek, een antiek leren schild, een magere...

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  • In un borgo della Mancia, di cui non voglio ricordarmi il nome, non molto tempo fa viveva un gentiluomo di quelli con lancia nella rastrelliera, scudo antico, ronzino magro e can da seguito.

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  • Prologue: Idle reader: I don't have to swear any oaths to persuade you that I should like this book, since it is the son of my brain, to be the most beautiful and elegant and intelligent...

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  • Chapter 1: In a village in La Mancha, the name of which I cannot quite recall, there lived not long ago one of those country gentlemen or hidalgos who keep a lance in a rack, an ancient...

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  • I en by i La Mancha, vars namn jag inte vill nämna, levde för inte så länge sedan en fattig adelsman av det slag som har en lans och en uråldrig sköld på väggen, en mager hästkrake och en...

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  • ....E così avrai fatto il tuo cristiano dovere consigliando il bene a chi ti vuol male; e io rimarrò fiero e soddisfatto d'essere stato il primo che abbia goduto intero il frutto dei suoi...

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