Monday, August 11

Book Review: Don Quixote

Author: Cervantes
Title: Don Quixote 
Genre: Classic, Adventure, Historical Fiction, and Comedy
Pages: ebook
First Published: 1605
Where I Got It: On my shelf (Free ebook)

"Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray -- he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants -- Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together."

I've been meaning to read this for quite sometime, but I kept putting it off. However, thanks to my LIT class I finally got the push I needed to begin this journey. Well....mmmm...for this review, I think I shall divide and conquer:

The Good
-I liked the Don. He was a madman and crazy, but he honestly had good intentions.
-I loved how the author showed the reality of what happens to wannabe heroes. 
-The windmill part was hilarious. hahaha 
Don: Sancho. Hold my horse!
Sancho: What...why?
Don: Don't you see that huge giant over there!?
Sancho: Errrrr....
Don: It has many arms and is growling at me!
Sancho: My lord...that's a windmill.
Don: Bah! It is a giant and needs to be destroyed! *grabs sword and has epic battle*
Sanch: I hate my life. 
-The ending through me for a loop.

The Bad and the Ugly
-Super dry
-There were only a couple parts that made me chuckle, but the rest was well...not at all funny
-A little bit sad, because this guy has serious issues and people (near the end) began by playing tricks on him. Not nice tricks; mean tricks that caused him bodily harm.
-Really, really long. Don't get me wrong...I like long books, but this shouldn't have had been so long. 
-I skimmed a lot. 0.0

This is labeled as "the best book ever" in a few articles I read. It was alright, but "best book ever"? Absolutely not. Too each their own, but I didn't like this as much as I hoped I would. A couple parts made me chuckle, but the rest fell flat. It was either drier then dust or it was actually kind of sad. I felt so bad for Don, because he had something wrong with him and people played horrid tricks on him. Like having him lash himself to try and remove a curse off some girl. So rude and not funny at all. 

This was not my cup of tea, but I do recommend highly that people who like the classics read this. It is worth reading the first "real novel" written. Out of five stars, I grant this one 2 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Don and Sancho
Not-so Favorite Character(s): The Duke and Duchess (assholes)