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Don Quixote (Kindle eBook) $1.99

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Author: Edith Grossman
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition
Publication date: January 29, 2009
Print length: 981 pages
Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars / 1,839 ratings


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.

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Kindle edition seems to have some formatting issues.
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Wow, I haven't read this in almost 15 years....
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I feel the need to plug Standard Ebooks (standardebooks.org)

"Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebooks dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing the entirety of each ebook file into the public domain. All the ebooks we produce are distributed free of cost and free of U.S. copyright restrictions."

Basically a subset of project Gutenberg with better production quality (no disrespect to the amazing Project Gutenberg; also a great resource).

Don Quixote is one of their available titles and if you don't need the extras that come with this edition might be worth a look…

Note: I have no affiliation with either entity mentioned above. I'm just a big fan of both.
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Never read the book but went to a Don Quixote museum in Guanajuato and saw all the love for it. purchased to see all the fuss was about.
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Author: Edith Grossman? ok, I get it, a translator can be considered an author if there is considerable work in adaptation and interpretation, but c'mon, poor Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is about to jump out of his tomb to give a thumbs down to this post, not even a mention? :-)
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Quote from jlirw :
I feel the need to plug Standard Ebooks (standardebooks.org)

"Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebooks dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing the entirety of each ebook file into the public domain. All the ebooks we produce are distributed free of cost and free of U.S. copyright restrictions."

Basically a subset of project Gutenberg with better production quality (no disrespect to the amazing Project Gutenberg; also a great resource).

Don Quixote is one of their available titles and if you don't need the extras that come with this edition might be worth a look…

Note: I have no affiliation with either entity mentioned above. I'm just a big fan of both.
As a one-time volunteer for Standard Ebooks, I think we should clarify the difference between the two versions. SE is bound by US copyright laws, and so they only release books that are already out in the Public Domain. By its nature, that means the editions available are going to be based on 19th or early 20th century translations.

In this instance, SE's version of Don Quixote is using John Ormsby's [wikipedia.org] translation. That's not a bad thing necessarily--the wiki entry seems to indicate his was fairly accurate. But some readers may find it's not quite a "modern" translation, as the Edith Grossman translation might be.

So if you're considering getting it, I recommend grabbing the SE edition first and skimming a few pages to see how it "reads" to you. If it's good enough, great! It's free. If it feels a little archaic, however, but you feel like you still want the story, maybe consider plopping the $2 for the Edith Grossman version.
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Don Quixote Doflamingo? A.K.A "Heavenly Yaksha"

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Quote from AdmiralAsshat :
As a one-time volunteer for Standard Ebooks, I think we should clarify the difference between the two versions. SE is bound by US copyright laws, and so they only release books that are already out in the Public Domain. By its nature, that means the editions available are going to be based on 19th or early 20th century translations.

In this instance, SE's version of Don Quixote is using John Ormsby's [wikipedia.org] translation. That's not a bad thing necessarily--the wiki entry seems to indicate his was fairly accurate. But some readers may find it's not quite a "modern" translation, as the Edith Grossman translation might be.

So if you're considering getting it, I recommend grabbing the SE edition first and skimming a few pages to see how it "reads" to you. If it's good enough, great! It's free. If it feels a little archaic, however, but you feel like you still want the story, maybe consider plopping the $2 for the Edith Grossman version.
TIL. Thanks!
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