Top 10 Books by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

 

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra was a well-known Spanish writer. He is assumed to have been born in the year 1547 in the Alcalá de Henares city of Spain. He is a pioneer in the field of literature and is famously called “The Prince of Wits.” Widely known for his lasting impression on the language of Spanish, which earned it the name of “The language of Cervantes.”  Don Quixote, which is known as the greatest novel of all time was written by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra and is considered as Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra best book.  This book is known to be written when he was about 50 years old during his time at the prison.  To know more about the classics penned by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra, check out our list of top 10 books by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

 

Don Quixote

Being both humorous and tragic is a rare combination to find and has been mastered to perfection by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra in this book titled, “Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra”. From its storytelling to its characterization to its dialogues, everything is spot on and so captivating which makes this book one of the best Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra books in order. The book follows the life of a wise man and of a sane madman who go on a crazy journey together. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza go on an adventurous journey together, where they encounter humorous and crazy things, which has enthralled for decades together.

Read it For:
The novel is both complex and subtle with elements of humour and tragedy mixed to perfection. Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra has indeed managed to weave a classic story which is still read after nearly four hundred years of it being written.
Don't Read it For:
Might take a lot of time to complete it.
What makes this book stand out?:
A book that was written four hundred years ago and still resonates with people is what makes this book immortal and always fresh in the hearts and mind of its readers.

The Dialogue of the Dogs

Two dogs get the ultimate gift of speech for a day’s time and decide to ridicule humans, who were supposed to be their masters and superior to them. This particular novel had multiple layers of story in it which were all embedded beautifully.

Read it For:
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra is known to be a modern writer and is pretty evident in this novel of his with the presence of interruption in the narrative to the inter-layering of stories within the story. The Dialogue of the Dogs is definitely one of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra best sellers.
Don't Read it For:
Might contain traces of racism.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an alluring picturesque novel which is not only interesting to read but also sends a powerful message of hypocrisy, bad conducts, and others.

The Portable Cervantes

This portable collection edited and translated by Samuel Putnam is one of the top-rated and widely read collections of all, because of its simple and at the same time comprehensive translation. It consists of well-known Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra books such as 'Man of Glass,' 'Rinconete and Cortadillo' and others.

Read it For:
If you are yearning to read all of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra’s novels and stories, then this collection is ideal for you. It is well-organized, simple and highly informative.
Don't Read it For:
Extremely long.
What makes this book stand out?:
Collections are widely purchased and help a reader to get it all at the same time. You indeed won’t regret your decision of purchasing this collection as every story of this collection will resonate with you and will make you travel through space and time.

The History of That Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote de La Mancha

Translated by Burton Raffel and published by the W. W. Norton & Company, this translated version of the classic Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra was released in the year 1995 and revolve around the story of Don Quixote, who decides to become a knight-errant all by himself.

Read it For:
Extensive research work by Burton Raffel has made it one of the most preferred versions of the classic novel.
Don't Read it For:
The print is too small.
What makes this book stand out?:
Burton Raffel has done an impressive job in keeping the essence of the book along with making it more readable and understandable.
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Exemplary stories

Two of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra’s printed gems, "The Power of Blood." and "The Illustrious Kitchen Maid" have been available through this translation.

Read it For:
The stories are lively, charming, intriguing and what not with unique characters who stick on to you for the rest of your life.
Don't Read it For:
The stories might seem a little too peculiar.
What makes this book stand out?:
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra is a timeless writer, and his work stands proof for that.

The Little Gypsy Girl

Gitanos and Gitanas are gypsies who spend their entire lifetime thieving. But will they change, is what you need to find out in this short novel by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

Read it For:
For an adventurous ride into the fictitious world created by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra hundreds of years of go, you got to read this.
Don't Read it For:
Too small and the ending might seem a bit abrupt.
What makes this book stand out?:
The magic of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra’s writing is evident in this one, where he has created a whole world for himself.

“The Bagnios of Algiers” and “The Great Sultana”: Two Plays of Captivity

There is a massive clash between the people living in the Mediterranean world and are often seen fighting with each other. The story is however said to be related to Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra’s own captive experiences. This book translated by Barbara Fuchs and Aaron.J. Ilika was published in the year 2012 and received an overwhelming response from people across the globe.

Read it For:
To get into the mind of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra and understand the emotions that he felt during his captive.
Don't Read it For:
Might have aggressive content.
What makes this book stand out?:
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra is truly a legend who has managed to weave a beautiful story out of his tragic personal experiences.

Cervantes’s eight interludes

These are scripts are narratives of comic plays which were published years ago. Charles Patterson has attempted to translate these interludes from Spanish to English and has indeed done a commendable job.

Read it For:
Characters are highly comical and are drawn from real life characters such as con artists, jealous husbands, and others.
Don't Read it For:
Too much of a literal translation at a few places.
What makes this book stand out?:
Comedy and humour are definitely eternal.

La Galatea

Elicio and Erastro are best friends who fall in love with the same girl named Galatea. Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra has also used poetries excessively in this particular novel which indeed beautifies the overall story.

Read it For:
To experience the beauty of interwoven and interconnected stories.
Don't Read it For:
The paper quality is poor
What makes this book stand out?:
Beautiful usage of small poetries and phrase.

The Voyage to Parnassus, the Siege of Numantia, and the Treaty of Algiers

Translated by Gordon Willoughby James Gyll, this is a collection of some of the popular stories of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

Read it For:
From comedy to drama to tragedy, you can get it all through this collection.
Don't Read it For:
The introduction might be a bit confusing.
What makes this book stand out?:
Imaginary and hysterically comical are the two main USP’s of this book titled, “The Voyage to Parnassus, the Siege of Numantia, and the Treaty of Algiers.”

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