>In the whole world there is no deeper, no more powerful literary work.

>In the whole world there is no deeper, no more powerful literary work. This is,
so far, the last and greatest expression of human thought; this is the most bitter
irony that a man is capable of expressing. And if the world were to come to an
end, and people were asked somewhere: “Did you understand your life on earth,
and what conclusion have you drawn from it?” – man could silently hand over
Don Quixote: “Here is my inference from life. – Can you condemn me for it?”

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    quixote still a classic four hundred years later

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can anyone explain why Don Quixote is so well regarded?
    Isn't it just to chivalry literature what Austin Powers is to Bond movies?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=why+is+Don+quixote+well-regarded

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        And now I read it.
        It seems more or less like it is the Austin Powers of chivalry. And like Austin Powers killed James Bond (because they became self aware), it killed chivalry novels.

        I don't hate chivalry novels, so why should I care for it?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          This whole notion that Don Quixote killed Chivalraic Literature is nonsense. Austin Powers came out in the midst of the creation of Bond Films. Don Quixote was written in the early modern era (1605-1615) when the age of knights was long gone and had been replaced with tercios and pike and shot combat.

          Don Quixote is going on his adventures pretending to be a knight at the same time the irl Spanish were conquering the Americas with guns. What Don Quixote does is the contemporary equivalent of someone going insane, acting like an American Revolutionary and having wacky adventures in Kansas. (La Mancha is the Spanish equivalent of Kansas, there's nothing but farms there.)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It was cardinal to the ancestors of modern Whiggish thought to stomp on the grave of chivalric romance.
      Think of it like the Democratic-Republican party's distrust of Hamilton's anglophilia.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      dostoyevsky, being a pure soul, got the opposite impression from it, and wrote "the idiot" to express is ideas of Don Quixote as Christ

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >A cruel and crude old book.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      One of the four immortal works

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't understand noble interpretations of DQ when its clearly a parody and he's just having a laugh at his expense

      I'm the original anon that said this and I don't get why you've hung onto it for so long

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        part II isn't a comedy. Part I is a comedy/satire. Many readers assume that it's the same book but it's really Don Quixote I and Don Quixote II, published years apart.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        it's a quote from nabokov.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >it killed chivalry novels.
    Chivalry novels were already nonexistent in 1600.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't get it either. The meta stuff in part 2 is ahead of its time but how is this one of the all time greats? What does it say about the human condition, that we're all moronic?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don Quijote is idealistic. stupid. always losing and always fighting .We sympathize with him.because we are just like him, we are powerless, but we keep on going,fighting,dreaming till life has turns itself to a nightmare,and we realize ourselves are old and fragile and destined to die.
      -
      it's a sad book, dreams can't fight reality

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I think that's why this doesn't resonate with me. I don't relate to that at all.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You will, one day.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I've already turned 31. I'm old. Older than most people on Earth and pretty much at the end of my real life. I still don't relate to it.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            31 isn't old. Try again when you're 60 plus.

            You're going to have to explain because I'm just not like that.

            It doesn't have to do with personality.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            you're not going to explain anything and just continue being condescending.
            I'm just not like that. I don't care about that stuff

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm not being condescending. It doesn't need explanation nor could I ever explain something like this to you. Nor does it really matter if you do or don't.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You're just being vague. At least explain what assumptions you're making of me. Like I said. I'm just not like that. I'll never relate to this story.the person you think I am..
            Just isn't true.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >I'll never relate to this story.the person you think I am..
            Are you ESL? The story is about the human condition, not you as a "person". Are you just an egomaniac?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I've never really thought of myself as a person even as a kid. I don't really have ego. I don't relate to quixote at all.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >I don't relate to quixote at all
            Yeah, you've stated that 5 times now. We got it. Cool.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Why do zoomers and millennials think their entire lives end at 30? It's so pathetic

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It basically does. There's zero point in living after 40. Frick me. Life peaks at 20 whether you want it to or not. I wasted my 20s. Or more accurately had them stolen. I'm just going to kill myself.
            >inb4 no its awesome you get to have the money and you can have your little hobbies
            Nah I'm good

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            how old are you sonny

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It's a 31 year old soillennial complaining about first world problems.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            36

            >I don't relate to quixote at all
            Yeah, you've stated that 5 times now. We got it. Cool.

            Not my fault that guy didn't get it.
            I don't relate to it at all by the way.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >replying to other people's posts
            did you just jump off of reddit

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            43 and it's been the best year of my life. got married at 42 and was a loveshy little pest up until I met a lady at 37, well three but the next two weren't hard to come by after I got some experience in. I can only imagine what 20 year olds are like these days. i didn't have environments like this place or at least wasn't aware of them when I was their age, aside from old geocities messageboards which were much more amicable anyway.
            buck up little man. you're not done yet.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You have no clue how far from human I am. I don't give a frick about any of that.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Then have a nice day? You're a bit too old to be this whiny.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Frick off American sociopath. Whining is good. Go look at your suicide rates to see how your
            >never be negative
            Philosophy turns out

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >had them stolen
            Are you that anon on IQfy who lamented how he didn't go to parties as a teen because of israelites?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You're going to have to explain because I'm just not like that.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That's cause you're a jerkoff

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The guy wrote so much by himself while in prison so that's impresses a lot of people. It's basically an episodic comedy show just to laugh at like watching a bunch of seasons of Saturday Night Live.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is Don Quixote a sad book? Everyone either says it's hilarious or one of the cruelest, most miserable things they've read.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's both. Part I is mainly a comedy, part II is more influenced by Dante.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's both.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      depends on the depths you choose to read it at.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it's composed of a bunch of short episodic shenanigans. on their own, these are very funny, but in context it becomes clear that DQ is a sad story

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how do I cope with being a hopeless idealist when don quixote so cleanly refutely my entire being

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      refuted*

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Unamuno wrote well on this subject
      https://www.anthologialitt.com/post/miguel-de-unamuno-for-what-did-don-quixote-fight

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Nice link homosexual

    https://bookanista.com/lie-saved-lie/#:~:text=The%20ideal%20of%20the%20wandering,for%20Dulcinea%20and%20for%20humanity.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me, the novel speaks to timeless desires for goodness and greatness that are constrained by the times and culture that we live in.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I haven't read it because I know Spanish but I'm not literate in it and I'm too stubborn to go to an English translation but also I hate Spanish and Spanish people too much to ever want to learn more about the language.
    Its a highly specific situation. I wish I was monolingual.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nice logging of dictionary sentences

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    Anonymous
  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love Don Quixote because I don't have much to talk to my dad about but he loves this book to bits and turns out I do as well. Highly entertaining. I showed him Knausgaard and now he is reading through all of the My Struggle books.

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