Horizons: Don Quixote

August 28th, 2010 by | 1 lonely comment

What’s this? You’ve got highbrow culture in my video game fan blog! Yes, I know, and yes, it’s on purpose. This is the first in a hopefully unending series of columns called Horizons, in which we explore other media that could be of interest to Monkey Island fans, for all sorts of reasons. For the first one, we’ll look at some recommended reading: the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha (and let’s not forget Sancho Panza).

You’ll probably have heard of the name Don Quixote as that guy who fights windmills. But Don Quixote, a novel published way back at the beginning of the 17th century and written by Miguel de Cervantes, is much more than just that. It’s considered a masterpiece of Spanish literature (and it’s actually regarded as one of the best works of fiction ever written), and rightly so.

But you may wonder what a Monkey Island fan would want to read it for? Well, for one, it’s just incredibly funny. Apart from that hilarious episode where Don Quixote, who has a delusion of being a knight-errant due to reading too much books of chivalry, mistakes windmills for giants, there are many more laugh-out-loud moments to be found in the book. One of those is where Don Quixote talks about his magic balsam that can miraculously join together a knight that’s been cut in half:

There are also pirate stories to be had, like in these two chapters:

Overall, the story of Don Quixote is truly delightful, and is highly recommended. If you enjoy Guybrush’s adventures and misadventures, I can almost guarantee that you’ll have a great time reading Don Quixote as well.

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One Response to “Horizons: Don Quixote”

  1. Symbermine says:

    I read this blog for some time, since I’m a fan of the Monkey Island World. I was pleasantly surprised to find this article by mentioning one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature. Cervantes is an author everyone should read and Don Quixote was born as a function of parody of those chivalric romances so popular in Europe in the seventeenth century.

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