Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is my favorite book of all time. Dream the
impossible dream. Follow Don Quixote along with his faithful sidekick Sancho as
they tilt at windmills and search out heroic deeds to accomplish in the name of
the fair Dulcinia. Should a bar maid’s life be valued any less than a
lady’s? Miguel de Cervantes may have reached the unreachable star!
His book lives on after over 400 years.
Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray - he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants - Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years. With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, "just as some people read the Bible.