MIGUEL DE CERVANTES – DON QUIXOTE
Book Review from ViajeLiterario-AlohaCriticon
Don Quixote is one of the greatest works of world literature. Its thematic richness go beyond its historical context to become ecumenical and timeless.
The book was written in the early seventeenth century (the first part was completed in 1605 and the second in 1615). It was essentially created by Miguel De Cervantes as a comic novel, a parody of cavalry books that triumphed at the time.
He based the humorous adventures of his characters-symbols in a brilliant and ironic counterpoint with dispute between idealism and pragmatism, fantasy and reality, all embodied in the immortals Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Beside them we find a large group of characters and scenes that make up a lively and funny view of typologies of the period exposed with exuberance by Cervantes, who used digressions and variations of tone always with a perspective of humor. Sometimes he stop the narrative action of their characters to introduced his own thoughts.
The third person narrator is the author himself, who declare to transfer a story by a fictitious arab historian from Toledo called Cide Hamete Benengueli. An essential reading.