To Dream And To Right The Impossible – Don Quixote” published January 16, 1605

DON QUIXOTE, often regarded as “the first modern novel” was published on Jan. 16, 1605. Miguel Cervantes is honored with a fusion of reality and fantasy tunes by John with some medieval folly on Crosscurrents, Monday Jan 16 at 8:00 AM. ### Listen live at, 102.7fm, or 103.1fm ###

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The first of the novel’s two volumes went on sale on Jan. 16, 1605. Cervantes completed the second volume in 1615, and died the following year. His nomadic life was a tale of hardship. His left arm was crippled in battle. He spent five years as a hostage in Algeria. He later roamed Spain as a tax collector and civil servant for the Spanish Armada, all the time trying to write plays, poems and novels. He was said to have done several stretches in prison.

My Lady My Heart

A fusion of reality and fantasy, the novel tells the adventures of an ordinary gentleman who has overdosed on the stories of knights errant — all the rage in the 16th century — and decides to live them out. Taking the name Don Quixote de La Mancha, he mounts his nag, Rocinante, and sallies forth to right wrongs and protect the have-nots.

The Giants With Four Arms

He is obviously mad — “a muddle-headed fool, with frequent lucid intervals,” Sancho Panza observes. He mistakes inns for enchanted castles, charges windmills with his lance and dreams up Dulcinea, the beautiful damsel to whom he has pledged love and fidelity. At the end of his odyssey across Spain, the “knight of the doleful countenance” senses the folly of his actions and returns home sadly to die.

Rise To Do Battle

“Its message is you’re either mad or you’ll end up mad,” said Juan Victorio, medieval-literature professor at Spain’s National Open University. “If you have goodness in your heart and want to help humanity you have to pretend you’re mad for them to pay you any attention.”

Life As Madness

In 2002, a panel of 100 leading authors from 54 countries chose “Don Quixote” as the best book ever, winning 50 percent more votes than any other. Don Quixote is well-known as a parody of the chivalric romances that were popular in the 1600s. Moreover, the book is also regarded as ‘the first modern novel’ as the author gave value to its characters’ thoughts and beliefs by adding dimensions. Reading quotes from Don Quixote will provide you with a fair idea about the significance laid down by Miguel de Cervantes. The main message remains to serve your country as a knight, live a chivalrous life and strive to be better.

SOURCE : Associated Press, Peter OToole; John Lithgow

The maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die.”

Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies.”

“the praise of the wise few is more important than the mockery of the foolish many,” and humor do not reside in slow minds.”

“One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.”

“the praise of the wise few is more important than the mockery of the foolish many,”

4 thoughts on “To Dream And To Right The Impossible – Don Quixote” published January 16, 1605

  1. “a muddle-headed fool, with frequent lucid intervals”

    I read parts of Don Quixote in college and felt that the real star of the novel was Sancho Panza. Nothing like working for a guy who tilts at windmills…

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