cover image Cervantes Don Quixote

Cervantes Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, $30 (139pp) ISBN 978-1-55670-201-3

This imposing volume presents the first part of the quest by the beloved Don, whose name stands for chivalry and courage--``The Impossible Dream.'' The book's heavy stock, binding and design all impart an air of style and prestige, reinforced by Bogin's suave translation, which makes good use of abundant dialogue. (The phraseology and vocabulary, however--``erstwhile,'' ``apothecary,'' ``coherence''--will be beyond younger readers.) Though the paintings by Spanish artist Boix are masterfully executed, some lack the sweep expected from this panoramic work; much of the imagery is somewhat pallid, both in tone and emotional impact. And, though the architectural details, period apparel and scenery are all richly evocative, the characters themselves are often small in scale and dwarfed by their stunning surroundings. Nevertheless, the presence of an elegantly produced, picture book version of this classic merits attention and applause. All ages. (Sept.)