Book: Don Quixote
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
This is my 5th read for the year
This is the story of Don Quixote. He and his squire Sancho Panza and Don Quixote's horse - Rocinate - set out on an adventure. Before he was Don Quixote - he was Alonso Quijano whom, after reading novels about chivalry, he decides to change his name to Don Quixote man of La Mancha and decides he is going revive chivalry and serve his nation. Don Quixote doesn't always see the world as it is and wants to live as a knight. On his adventures with Sancho Panza he come to an inn and meets some "ladies" and demands the innkeeper dub him a knight.
Through his adventures he has ups and downs and in the end retires back to his home where he has to take to his bed with illness. He turns back into Alonso Quijano and spends the end of his life at home with his niece and housekeeper.
This is a quirky book. I know most people are familiar with the adventures of Don Quixote - since it has been around since the 1600s. I have fond memories from childhood with the musical Man of La Mancha - it was one of my favorites. The book is quick, and witty, and silly - all the things it should be. I enjoyed it.