List of recommended reference books and commentary articles on "Don Quixote" - The world's greatest novel is still interesting! The more you know about it, the more you enjoy its charm!

Don Quixote Don Quixote, the beloved itinerant knight.

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List of recommended reference books and commentary articles on "Don Quixote" - The world's greatest novel is still interesting! The more you know about it, the more you enjoy its charm!

Don Quixote is a great work written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).


There have been several translations by different authors, but I prefer the translation by Nobuaki Ushijima from the Iwanami Bunko collection.

Nobuaki Ushijima's translation is easy to read anyway. The language is modern and can be read by us without any discomfort.

When you think of classics, you may imagine difficult texts like philosophy books, but Nobuaki Ushijima's translation is not like that at all!

In addition, the illustrations inserted at key points in the book are also wonderful!

The illustrations make it easier to imagine Don Quixote's situation more vividly and get into the story.

In a word, we can say with certainty that it is hard to find a classic that is so easy to read.

For more information on the story itself, see the followingA brief synopsis of the masterpiece "Don Quixote" and the adventures of the windmill, Spain (11)I hope you will refer to the article in the following section.

Now, here are some explanatory articles and recommended reference books about Don Quixote. Each of these links discusses the subject in more detail, so please refer to them if you are interested.

Recommended explanatory article on "Don Quijote

Why "Don Quixote" is a masterpiece - An explanation of what makes "Don Quixote" more enjoyable.

In this article, we will discuss why the world famous "Don Quixote" was loved by some of the world's most famous personalities.

One might have the impression that the classics are meant to be read with a wrinkled brow, but in "Don Quixote" the opposite is true.

I read "Don Quixote" when I need to cheer up or feel cheerful.

He rushes forward with burning ideals, and even in the face of hardship, he continues to move forward cheerfully and undaunted. Reading "Don Quixote" is a magical experience that gives me strength.

If you understand why it is called a masterpiece, I am sure you will want to read this work. Please read it.

Cervantes' amazing satirical skills! What is the connection between the rowing sentence in the galleys and "Don Quixote"?

When I read the passages preached within this article, I felt a chilling sensation throughout my body.

This is because rowing in the galleys is also mentioned in Cervantes' "Don Quixote," and the episode of the rowing prisoners and Don Quixote had a very large impact on me.

I was struck once again by the sheer brilliance of the film "Don Quixote. It is littered with terrible satire and irony. And it is a marvel that you can read it as a funny novel even if you don't know about it. It has become my favorite novel even more and more.

Knowing the history of the Inquisition changes the way we see literature. This was very interesting.

The connection between the recommended episode of "Don Quixote" "The Story of the Bookburning Inquisition" and the Inquisition.

The story of the burning of the books in "Don Quixote" presented in this article is one of my favorite episodes. It makes me chuckle no matter how many times I read it. The scene is full of Selvandes' humor.

Reading "The Inquisition: The Terror that Consumed the Great Spanish Nation" has given me a new perspective, connecting such a favorite scene of mine with the Inquisition. I can only marvel at the amazing skills of Cervández.

It was a very interesting reading experience.

List of recommended commentaries on "Don Quixote

Nobuaki UshijimaThe Journey of Don Quixote."

I love "Don Quixote".

But I did not like this work from the beginning.

When I first picked up the book to read it anyway because it was a classic masterpiece, it was such an unresponsive read that I had no idea what was so interesting about it.

But that's just as well, because Cervantes' technique is to include plenty of underlying messages in his seemingly strange and amusing adventures.

In other words, if you cannot read the message behind the novel, it ends up being just another adventure story about the troubles of the madman Don Quixote.

It is only natural, then, that you have no idea what is so great about this novel. This does not convey the fun and depth of "Don Quixote.

However, the book that will be your savior in reading "Don Quixote" is this book, "Don Quixote's Journey" by Nobuaki Ushijima.

This piece is truly amazing. It makes "Don Quixote," which I struggled with a lot, into something completely different. It is such a great transformation that it is no longer funny and interesting. This is a must read.

Kunikazu IwaneDon Quixote's Social History of Spain: Life and Culture in the Golden Age.

This book is a very recently released don Quixote reference book, 2020.

This book is a good introduction to the historical background of the Spanish period in which Don Quixote was active. The text is easy to read and the many illustrations make it an easy read.

I would highly recommend this work.

Toby Green.The Inquisition: The Reign of Terror That Undermined Spain's Great Power.

Although this book is not directly related to "Don Quixote," it is highly recommended for those interested in the historical background of "Don Quixote" and Cervantes' amazing writing skills.

The period of the Inquisition and witch hunts in Spain is indeed one of the underlying themes of "Don Quixote". How could Cervantes, who lived in such cruel times, write the delightful "Don Quixote"? This is nothing short of astonishing. Cervantes used humor as a weapon to satirize this cruel world.

Don Quixote" has been called the world's greatest novel, in part because it is packed with such marvelous techniques. It is easy to see why the world's greats have made "Don Quixote" their favorite book. I highly recommend this book.

unamunoThe Life of Don Quixote and Sancho.

Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936)Wikipedia.

The author, Unamuno, was a Spanish philosopher known as the "Kierkegaard of Southern Europe.

This "Life of Don Quixote and Sancho" is truly a story of Unamuno's abundant love for Don Quixote and his passion for Spain and humanity.

However, this book is not a commentary on "Don Quixote. I don't know if I can say this about the work of the great philosopher known as the Kierkegaard of Southern Europe, but it is more like a "Don Quixote" fan book. Anyway, it is full of love for Don Quixote.

And you will be amazed at how much richer teaching you can find in "Don Quixote". I see! I see how it can be interpreted here." Unamuno's deep insights have repeatedly made me groan.

I was thrilled to read this piece. I was so moved to read this piece, and I thought to myself, "How could someone read "Don Quixote" so much and speak so passionately about it!" I was so moved. It is love itself! You can feel it! This is an amazing work.

This work is a must-read for fans of "Don Quixote" and is one of the best books of all time.

However, as I mentioned earlier, please note that this work is only comprehensible if you are familiar with "Don Quixote" itself.

So the first thing to do is to read "Don Quixote". Once you have read "Don Quixote," all is well!

Tadasu IizawaThe Land of Don Quixote.

This work is a book by author Tadashi Iizawa and photographer Haruo Tomiyama about a tour of places associated with Don Quixote in Spain.

What makes this work unique is the large number of beautiful color photographs.

The book was published in

1975. It was very interesting to learn about Spain 47 years ago.

In fact, I'll be there in 2019.Tour of places associated with Don QuixoteThe company has been working on a new project.

I read this "Heibonsha Color New Book 19: The Land of Don Quixote" and was filled with nostalgia and a desire to go back. It is a really nice place!

Famous episode of Don Quixote charging into a windmillCampo de Cryptana, where the

I will never forget the experience of staying there and exploring the windmill hill morning, noon and evening.

I read this book while recalling my memories of that time and found it very tasteful.

It is also a recommended work that will give you an idea of what Spain was like more than 40 years ago.

Thomas Mann.Crossing the Sea with Don Quixote."

Thomas Mann (1875-1955)Wikipedia.

Thomas Mann, the great German writer, was to travel to the United States in 1934, and what he read on the ship as a traveling companion was "Don Quixote".

I decided to read this work by Nobuaki Ushijima, whom I mentioned above.The Journey of Don Quixote."The following was written in the

Thomas Mann, who fled Nazi persecution to America, chose "Don Quixote" as his seafaring companion. And out of that journey came the wonderful book, 'Crossing the Sea with Don Quixote.'"

This is exactly what it is.

I'm Thomas Mann'sThe Devil's MountainI love "Don Quixote". I was very interested to read that Thomas Mann, the author of this great work, chose "Don Quixote" as his travel companion and wrote a wonderful article about it.

And when I actually read this work, I could see why Mr. Ushijima praised it so highly as a "wonderful book.

Kunikazu IwaneThe Tragedy of the Spanish Invincible Fleet.

The Defeat of the Invincible Fleet," describing the naval battle of Armada (Defeat of the Spanish Armada)Philip James de Rauserberg (enPicture,1797.The following is a list of the most common problems with theWikipedia.

The book will be a work that follows in detail the course of the Battle of the Armada, in which the famous Spanish Invincible Armada was defeated.

In 1588, the British defeated the Spanish Invincible Armada, which led to the downfall of Spain and the decisive battle for British maritime supremacy.

The defeat of the Spanish Invincible Armada is often talked about as the exploits of the famous pirate Drake and the spectacular victory of the British fleet, as shown in the picture above, but in fact, this book will show that this naval battle was not such a simple plot.

Cervantes worked as a tax collector to raise funds for the naval battles. Cervantes had managed to make a living doing this kind of work before writing "Don Quixote. This experience is also reflected in "Don Quixote. This work is also very interesting in this context.

It is a very interesting book! I highly recommend this work. I highly recommend this book and I am sure it will be of great help in understanding the situation in Europe at that time.

Shunichi IkegamiAn Illustrated Guide to the World of the Knight.

This "Illustrated Medieval Knight" is a recommended guidebook to the world of "Don Quixote".

It is not a reference book on "Don Quixote" itself, so Don Quixote is hardly mentioned, but it is an easy-to-understand introduction to the knight who was the subject of the book and what kind of history he went through to come into being in the first place.

Don Quixote" is a supremely interesting work on its own, but it can be enjoyed even more by learning about medieval knights.

The work is visually very easy to understand, with numerous illustrations and diagrams. The explanatory text is also easy to read, making it a very good introductory guidebook.

Francis Gies.Medieval European Knights.

This book isDon Quixote."The work will be an explanation of what the knightly world depicted in the book was really like.

The book will also give you a pretty good idea of the beginnings of knighthood and what chivalry is that Don Quixote dedicated to.

The early knights were ignorant, violent, and mere warriors. From there, however, the ideal of the moral and virtuous knight emerged as they became associated with Christianity.

I highly recommend this book to learn how our image of a "knight" came to be.

The connection between the Crusades and chivalry was also very interesting.

As a lover of "Don Quixote," I found this book very inspiring and interesting.

MontalvoAmadis de Gaula."

The work that is truly a must for Don Quixote fans will now be "Amadis de Gaula". I couldn't stop grinning when I got this book.

In fact, I read this book myself, and it is a masterpiece that Don Quixote could not help but fall in love with. I could understand why the priest in the book says it is the only best book of its kind.

Indeed, this tale of a knight's heroism is very interesting. In particular, I enjoyed the story of "The Agony of Peña Bobre," which is the source of the "madman who stays in the Sierra Morena" in "Don Quixote.

I read the book in one sitting with a grin on my face, thinking, "Oh-ho, Don Quixote was copying this story and doing that?" I enjoyed the pleasure of starting from a parody and seeing the original story in this book.

MontalvoThe Esplandian Order of the Warrior Continued Amadís de Gaura.

We introduced above the chivalric tale "Amadis de Gaula" that led Don Quixote to lose his sanity, and now "The Orders of the Esplandian" is a sequel to that story.

The protagonist is Esplandian, the legitimate son of Amadis de Gaula, the protagonist of the previous film.

I am very happy to read this book and find out what kind of a man the good Esplandian was, as described in the story of "Don Quixote.

To be honest, I can't deny that some aspects of the work are not great, but it is definitely worth reading if you are a Don Quixote fan. For me, I feel very happy to have read this book.

M. J. DoughertyKing Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Previous ArticleF. Gies, "Knights of Medieval Europe, a recommended guide to the origins and history of medieval knights."Now that we have looked at medieval knights, we cannot leave out "The Tales of King Arthur" when it comes to medieval knightly tales.

You have probably heard of "The Tales of King Arthur" before, even if you don't know what it is about.

And in fact, it is in this story that the famous "Knights of the Round Table," the "Legend of the Holy Grail," and the "Holy Sword Excalibur" are told.

When I was a child.The Legend of the SeikenThere was a time when I was addicted to a game called

A remake is currently being released, and I can't help but feel nostalgic watching this video.

The motif of the holy sword in this work is exactly reminiscent of King Arthur's Excalibur.

King ArthurExcalibur is given toLady of the Lake... Alfred Kappes (1880) from Wikipedia
Excalibur and Arthur (1917 drawing)Wikipedia.

And not only in this game, the sword Excalibur will appear in many places.

The "Legend of the Holy Grail" and "Knights of the Round Table" continue to inspire and provide motifs for many works of art to this day.

This is a highly recommended book that will also be useful in reading "Don Quixote.

T. Bulfinch.A New Translation of King Arthur's Tales

Don Quixote loved these chivalric tales so much that he read them day and night, and as a result, he became mad and set out on his own as an itinerant knight.

Cervantes thoroughly parodied these chivalric tales to create "Don Quixote," and I felt that "The Tales of King Arthur" suffered from this parody without omission.

Perhaps its parodying is more intense than in "Amadis" and "Expandian". In fact, these two films are much less fantastical than I had imagined. In comparison, "The Tales of King Arthur" has magic, the Holy Sword, and the Holy Grail, so the fantasy elements are quite strong. Moreover, in this book, there are more and more chivalric exchanges reminiscent of "Don Quixote.

If you think about it, in the 16th and 17th centuries, when Cervantes lived, Spain and England were bitter enemies. (For more on this, seeKunikazu Iwane, "The Tragedy of the Spanish Invincible Armada," recommended to learn about the Battle of the Armada, the pirate Drake, and the fall of Spain!(See the article on)

Perhaps there was also an implicit message in Cervantes to thoroughly rubbish that British "tale of chivalry".

It was very interesting to read "The Tales of King Arthur" with this in mind. I would highly recommend this work. The story itself was dramatic and enjoyable. I am convinced that it has had a great influence on modern fantasy and video game productions. The Holy Sword Excalibur and the legend of the Holy Grail are exciting even for those of us living in the modern age. I think this work can be called the royal road of storytelling.

Toru MiyoshiThe Biography of Che Guevara

It was Guevara who inspired me to read Don Quixote. It was because of Guevara that I decided to read "Don Quixote" for the first time.

Now "Don Quixote" is like my life's work. I will continue to read this work for the rest of my life.

For me, Che Guevara was the great benefactor who connected me to Don Quixote.

This work, "The Biography of Che Guevara," is a wonderful biography that allows us to learn about the man to whom we owe so much.

And I am visiting the tomb of Che Guevara in 2019, the benefactor who connected me to Don Quixote.

This place is also a museum of Guevara, with Guevara's personal belongings and various other materials on display.

The most moving part of the exhibition was the display of Cervantes' "Aphorisms," which Guevara had actually read. I felt as if my whole body was shaking, thinking, "Guevara picked this up and read it. I will never forget the goose bumps I got when I saw that book.

The above article is a report of such an experience. If you are interested in Guevara, please also read the article above.

DostoevskyThe Moron.


In this work, Russian literary giant Dostoevsky attempted to depict "an unconditionally beautiful human being.

The ultimate model for this is Christ, and Dostoevsky cites "Don Quixote" as a work that successfully does so.

The protagonist of "The Idiot" was written with Don Quixote as one of his models. Dostoevsky, the great Russian writer, also loved Don Quixote. I recommend "The Idiot" to feel the connection between the two. I personally love "The Idiot" as well. Why don't you pick up a copy?

Dickens.The Pickwick Club.

Pickwick Club

This work is Cervantes'Don Quixote."Dostoevsky's masterpiece, written with an awareness ofThe Moron.This work has also had a great influence on the

Mr. Pickwick's speech at the club

The figure standing up on the chair in this illustration is the good English "Don Quixote," Mr. Pickwick.

He has a distinctive appearance with a bald head, round glasses, and tight white pants around his plump belly.

This humorous film featuring Mr. Pickwick is indeed very much like "Don Quixote.

Dickens' intention to revive Don Quixote in 19th century England is clearly visible.

Dickens' "The Pickwick Club" is not well known in Japan, but it has influenced not only Dostoevsky but the whole world.

I had not heard of this work until recently, but after reading it, I was convinced that it was very interesting.


Don Quixote" is interesting!

There is no doubt about this.

And it is not only interesting, but its depth is also extraordinary. It has been loved by great people all over the world.

However, if you read this novel without any commentary, you may end up not being able to appreciate its true essence. If you read the commentary, you will understand how interesting and amazing "Don Quixote" is, so please read this book.

Especially the first one, by Nobuaki Ushijima.The Journey of Don Quixote."is a must read. It will completely change your world whether you read it or not.

And for those who already know the charm of Don Quijote, by UnamunoThe Life of Don Quixote and highly recommended. You will definitely like "Don Quixote" more after reading this.

We hope this article will be of help to you.

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