After reading a number of books about knighthood and coming to the determination that he was meant to be one as well, a Spanish gentleman sets out with his faithful companion, Sancho Panza, to fulfill his romantic destiny in this humorous tale set in 16th-century Spain.
"It will not be denied that the breaking point, the point where the modern world broke away laughing from this last medievalism--that the symbolic act and moment was 'Don Quixote'....I want to ask whether, if Don Quixote returned to-day with the same wild ways of knight errantry, it would not rather be the knight errant that was sensible and the world all around him that was crazy. The poor knight's mockers were in the morning of the modern world; for them a more solid science, a more subtle statecraft, were not only growing, but promising things....The rational world has turned out much more irrational than the Dark Ages....The nations have found more nonsense and nightmare in the build of guns than they ever did in the breaking of lances."
G. K. Chesterton, New York Times Book Review, 09/15/1912
"[Edith Grossman's translation] is a major literary achievement. For to read DON QUIXOTE in an increasingly Manichaean world of simplistic Good versus Evil and inquisitorial dogmas, becomes one of the healthiest experiences a modern, democratic citizen can undertake."