Well may it be, Quixote, that sheer folly
hath overturned thy reason and thy wit,
but ne'er wilt thou be assailed by any man
as one who hath wrought actions vile and base.
A singe review could not do this book any justice. Partly because it is in fact two books, The First Part, and err, the Second Part of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, written by a spanish man, Miguel De Cervantes in the 16th Century whilst he was in debtors prison. So far so good.
Nevertheless, this is one of the most outstanding pieces of modern literature in the world, partly because it was practically the first piece of modern literature in the world. It follows the ups and mostly downs of a middle class spanish gentleman whose madness makes him believe he is a great knight from days gone by. The comedy is subtle, and often related to contextual events in the 16th century, but even with that in mind it is still after 400 years manages to make the reader laugh out loud.
It is an extremely long book, and often goes off into bizarre sub-stories and long philosophical debates, but if you can stomach these then it's well worth the read. But make sure you get a good translation, I would suggest Edith Grossman's edition, but there are hundreds to choose from.
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