After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry in his library, the eccentric Don Quixote embarks on a quest to become a wandering knight, accompanied by his hapless servant, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote sets off on a comedic journey through medieval Spain, in a series of clumsy adventures, tilting at windmills and rescuing those even more hopeless than himself. This edition of Don Quixote is abridged, to offer a less daunting, more accessible version of the work to the reader.
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Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) was born in Alcalá, near Madrid, Spain. Despite the contemporary and posthumous success of his masterpiece Don Quixote, often considered the first ‘modern’ novel, he spent much of his life in obscurity, captivity and poverty. He was also an accomplished short-story writer, poet and playwright.