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In a sleepy village in medieval Spain, a retired country gentleman spends his waking hours consuming tales of chivalry. Seeing no impediments, such as logic, propriety or sanity, to fulfilling his dreams, this would-be hero reinvents himself as the Knight-Errat, Don Quixote. He sets out across the arid open country in search of adventures accompanied only by his faithful s In a sleepy village in medieval Spain, a retired country gentleman spends his waking hours consuming tales of chivalry. Seeing no impediments, such as logic, propriety or sanity, to fulfilling his dreams, this would-be hero reinvents himself as the Knight-Errat, Don Quixote. He sets out across the arid open country in search of adventures accompanied only by his faithful steed, Rocinante, and his dim-witted squire and sidekick, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote Volume 1 perfectly captures the spirit of this classic novel in graphic novel format.


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In a sleepy village in medieval Spain, a retired country gentleman spends his waking hours consuming tales of chivalry. Seeing no impediments, such as logic, propriety or sanity, to fulfilling his dreams, this would-be hero reinvents himself as the Knight-Errat, Don Quixote. He sets out across the arid open country in search of adventures accompanied only by his faithful s In a sleepy village in medieval Spain, a retired country gentleman spends his waking hours consuming tales of chivalry. Seeing no impediments, such as logic, propriety or sanity, to fulfilling his dreams, this would-be hero reinvents himself as the Knight-Errat, Don Quixote. He sets out across the arid open country in search of adventures accompanied only by his faithful steed, Rocinante, and his dim-witted squire and sidekick, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote Volume 1 perfectly captures the spirit of this classic novel in graphic novel format.

30 review for Don Quixote Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leonard Gaya

    Ron Davis has done a remarkable job of translating Cervantes’ masterpiece and bringing it back to life into a graphic novel that truly resonates with the modern reader. Not a small feat, considering the length and complexity of the original. Although the author takes a few creative licences here and there, this comic book renders the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza quite faithfully: not just a few commonplace scenes — like, say, the combat against the windmills in I, 8. Aside from a co Ron Davis has done a remarkable job of translating Cervantes’ masterpiece and bringing it back to life into a graphic novel that truly resonates with the modern reader. Not a small feat, considering the length and complexity of the original. Although the author takes a few creative licences here and there, this comic book renders the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza quite faithfully: not just a few commonplace scenes — like, say, the combat against the windmills in I, 8. Aside from a couple of secondary chapters (e.g., the “Captive’s Tale” in I, 36-41) this adaptation covers the whole multi-layered narrative. And it does so with panels that genuinely stand out and remind me of the style of Gustave Doré’s illustrations. The dialogues, in contemporary English, are humorous and lively, in keeping with the constant irony and sarcasm of Cervantes, but in a language to which we can fully relate. Well paced, entertaining and funny indeed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Call

    I loved this book, and the illustrations were captivating. The ending broke my heart, and left me thinking for days - it didn't end the way I had hoped, but was still with the read. Cervantes was waaaay ahead of his times, in terms of literary tricks and ideas. I loved this book, and the illustrations were captivating. The ending broke my heart, and left me thinking for days - it didn't end the way I had hoped, but was still with the read. Cervantes was waaaay ahead of his times, in terms of literary tricks and ideas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Cervantes’ classic is retold in graphic novel format. Davis does a good job of keeping the tone and spirit of Cervantes while making the story understandable to the modern reader. Don Quixote is as comical and misguided as ever, with misadventure after misadventure. Notes on content: A handful of swear words of varying levels in American and British English. Davis avoids strong swear words in American. A woman comes up to Don Quixote in an inn thinking he’s someone else, he turns aside her amoro Cervantes’ classic is retold in graphic novel format. Davis does a good job of keeping the tone and spirit of Cervantes while making the story understandable to the modern reader. Don Quixote is as comical and misguided as ever, with misadventure after misadventure. Notes on content: A handful of swear words of varying levels in American and British English. Davis avoids strong swear words in American. A woman comes up to Don Quixote in an inn thinking he’s someone else, he turns aside her amorous attentions before it can go too far. There is a tale that some of the characters are reading towards the end of the book involving a man who forces his friend to woo his wife, which eventually results in an affair and the artist draws a man and woman who are both obviously naked and kissing(but avoids showing anything too too much at the same time). There’s a picture of a man’s bare backside in one frame too. Throughout the book there are violent encounters which often result in blood. Several tales also involve stabbings. The artist avoids making the drawings too graphic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I've read the original, which just makes this adaptation all the better! So good to be able to compare and contrast the differences, and the artwork (and contemporary translation) really livens the whole thing up (which, considering Don Quixote's adventures, is a real achievement)! There a little bit of psuedo-fourth wall breaking in there too that I don't remember, but it was entertaining nonetheless! I've read the original, which just makes this adaptation all the better! So good to be able to compare and contrast the differences, and the artwork (and contemporary translation) really livens the whole thing up (which, considering Don Quixote's adventures, is a real achievement)! There a little bit of psuedo-fourth wall breaking in there too that I don't remember, but it was entertaining nonetheless!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sofi Abascal

    Don Quijote es un loco lindo. Esta totalmente chiflado pero te da ternura y ganas de cachetearlo al mismo tiempo. No tiene limite de edad disfrutarlo. Si reconozco que no le di mucha bola cuando lo lei en secundaria, pero la verdad es un libro que hay que leer despacio y con ganas por la prosa. En cuanto a esta version ilustrada: Divino. Quiero ver como sigue en la segunda parte.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Great book. Very funny. Beautifully drawn, with terrific comic timing. I think it's one that would repay a few rereadings. You can feel the amount of care and attention that went into this. Recommended. Great book. Very funny. Beautifully drawn, with terrific comic timing. I think it's one that would repay a few rereadings. You can feel the amount of care and attention that went into this. Recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    Listened to translation by John Ormsby. Great book to listen to while recovering from eye surgery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alayna

    This is a cute graphic novel on Don Quixote, with a bit of Monty Python humor thrown in for good measure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pádhraic

    Brilliant! Especially like the use of pencil line rather than inking. Funny, well paced and beautiful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Twan

    Humourous romp with your main man, Don Quixote as he goes about basically attacking (quite poorly, mind) everyone or everything he encounters. Hope a volume 2 sees the light of day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Kaye

    A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the fist part of DQ. The drawing matches the tales very well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

  13. 4 out of 5

    Offthehook

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily SuzanneT

  15. 4 out of 5

    Craig Brasfield

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Grosso

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn He Xinyi

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mathew

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peta

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hern

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Never usually a graphic novel reader, I loved it. Off to get part 2

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jones

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charley Simonson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peter Rasmussen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Hill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Shaw

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Shkil

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