Famavolat, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Famavolat)
What a marvelous translation of a touchstone of world literature; that it was written nearly 400 years ago is astonishing. For all our gadgets and conforts, and our self satisfied sense of superiority, its seems that however much we've gained in human knowledge, we've lost at least as much in human wisdom.
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Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote has quickly become a favorite, lauded by academics and common readers alike. Don't fail to check this out, the world's first modern novel.
by the Humanities Team
"Review A Day"
by Terry Castle, The Atlantic Monthly,
"Edith Grossman actually makes it easy for you, O frazzled reader, because she has produced the most agreeable Don Quixote ever....Don Quixote, famously, is the first major work of Western literature to take ordinary human life for its subject — specifically, a life that is replete with accidents, fiascoes, and indignities — and make it over into something luminous with meaning. It does so without pomp or sententiousness — it's the friendliest and least formal of all the Great Books — yet will overwhelm you, in the end, with its moral and imaginative splendor." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
by Publishers Weekly,
"Against the odds, Grossman has given us an honest, robust and freshly revelatory Quixote for our times."
by Richard Eder, The New York Times,
"[T]he most transparent and least impeded among more than a dozen English translations going back to the 17th century....Ms. Grossman...has provided a Quixote that is agile, playful, formal and wry."
by Cleveland Plain Dealer,
"With Don Quixote, Grossman tackles a challenging project. The result is a beautiful, readable rendition, transforming golden-age Spanish into modern English. It's definitely an adventure worth taking."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Grossman has a jazzy approach that might scandalize some....Her rendition confirms that Cervantes' imperfect masterpiece is as much at home in Shakespeare's tongue as it is in Spanish."
by Library Journal,
"[A] major event indeed....[A] Don Quixote that is contemporary without being irreverent....[T]his is the one to beat."
by The Washington Post,
"Reading Don Quixote today...is likely to be more of an intellectual adventure than a deeply emotional experience....[Grossman is] terrific in emulating Don Quixote's high-flown diction when he's at full chivalric throttle."
by San Diego Union-Tribune,
"[Grossman's] rendering of Cervantes' prose conveys all of its complex subtleties in a fresh and attractive style that is neither overly traditional nor colloquial."
by Carlos Fuentes, The New York Times Book Review,
"Edith Grossman delivers her Quixote in plain but plentiful contemporary English....Yet there is not a single moment in which, in forthright English, we are not reading a 17th-century novel. This is truly masterly: the contemporaneous and the original co-exist."
by Dallas Morning News,
"Ms. Grossman jumps to the head of a class previously led by Samuel Putnam (Modern Library) and Burton Raffel (Norton)."
The 17th century Spanish masterpiece, one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written and widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote de La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through 16th century Spain.
The 17th-century Spanish masterpiece is one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written and is widely regarded as the world's first modern novel.
The tale of an elephant named Solomon who travels through sixteenth century Europe, from Lisbon to Vienna.
A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist José Saramago
In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. In José Saramago's remarkable and imaginative retelling, Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds. When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub. Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, these unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars, witnessed along the way by scholars, historians, and wide-eyed ordinary people as they make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy; they brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River; and at last, toward their grand entry into the imperial city.
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