Don Quixote is considered by literary historians to be one of the most important books of all time, and it is often cited as the first modern novel. The character of Quixote became an archetype, and the word quixotic, used to mean the impractical pursuit of idealistic goals, entered common usage.
Why is Don Quixote a good book?
Cervantes explores many fascinating themes whilst charting the misadventures of his two heroes, including the nature of friendship and love, virtue and vice, religious belief and, perhaps in a veiled reference to the book itself, the influence that reading can have upon our lives and imaginations.
Is Don Quixote the greatest book ever?
Don Quixote, the tale of a Spanish knight driven mad by reading too many chivalric romances, was yesterday voted the best book of all time in a survey of around 100 of the world’s best authors.
What does it mean to call someone Don Quixote?
From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Don Quix·ote /ˌdɒn ˈkwɪksət, -kɪˈhəʊti $ ˌdɑːn-, -ˈhoʊti/ noun someone who is determined to change what is wrong, but who does it in a way that is silly or not practical.
What is the novel Don Quixote about?
Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked.
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