Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha (1875) - PDF ebook

Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha 

Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha


Don Quixote de la Mancha revolves around the adventures of a noble (hidalgo) from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant (caballero andante) to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Excerpt from the author's preface: 
Loving reader, thou wilt believe me, I trust, without an oath, when I tell thee it was my earnest desire that this offspring of my brain should be as beautiful, ingenious, and sprightly as it is possible to imagine; but, alas! I have not been able to control that order in nature's works whereby all things produce their like; and therefore, what could be expected from a mind sterile and uncultivated like mine, but a dry, meagre, fantastical thing, full of strange conceits, and that might well be engendered in a prison — the dreadful abode of care, where nothing is heard but sounds of wretchedness?

 Leisure, an agreeable residence, pleasant fields, serene skies, murmuring streams, and tranquillity of mind — by these the most barren muse may become fruitful, and produce that which will delight and astonish the world. Loving reader, thou wilt believe me, I trust, without an oath, when I tell thee it was my earnest desire that this offspring of my brain should be as beautiful, ingenious, and sprightly as it is possible to imagine; but, alas! 

I have not been able to control that order in nature's works whereby all things produce their like; and therefore, what could be expected from a mind sterile and uncultivated like mine, but a dry, meagre, fantastical thing, full of strange conceits, and that might well be engendered in a prison — the dreadful abode of care, where nothing is heard but sounds of wretchedness? Leisure, an agreeable residence, pleasant fields, serene skies, murmuring streams, and tranquillity of mind — by these the most barren muse may become fruitful, and produce that which will delight and astonish the world.

Translated by Charles Jarvis
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
 
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