Quixotic is a word that the dictionary defines as "extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary..." and that is a fitting definition, indeed, for this charming retelling of Don Quixote, the 17th century Spanish classic by Miguel de Cervantes, now updated for the modern reader.
The gallant and fragile Quixote will touch listeners, as will his faithful squire Sancho Panza and the tragically beautiful heroine of the gentle Don’s chivalries, the fair Dulcinea. Don Quixote is rightfully noted to "...move to pity rather than ridicule, and to tears as well as laughter. And herein lies its chief claim to greatness, that it seems to have been written not for one country nor for one age alone, but to give delight to all humankind."
- Even children can enjoy hearing the adventures...
This version of de Cervantes’s seventeenth-century classic has been updated and abridged, making it easier listening for the modern ear. Even children can enjoy hearing the adventures—real and imaginary—of the self-proclaimed "Don Quixote de la Mancha." Johnny Heller's husky voice is especially good when intoning the naïve speech of Sancho Panza, the squire who agrees to join Don Quixote in return for his promise of an island to rule. Even in abridgment this story can become tedious, but this audio edition, at less than 5 hours, is a great way for novices to be experience this otherwise daunting work. R.Z.R. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2010]