In the late 16th and early 17th century, a Spanish gentleman who has done "so much reading he dried out his brain and lost his sanity," particularly the reading of romantic tales of chivalry, decides to become a knight errant and travel the world on his spindly old horse looking for adventures in heroism. He calls himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, and is accompanied by a fat little servant named Sancho Panza, who serves as his squire. They have many misadventures as well as meet a variety of folk who tell them their stories, or play nasty pranks on them, and sometimes both. This classic work of world literature, bawdy and episodic, connects Chaucer to Monty Python, although it may seem overlong and repetitive to some.
This report prepared by David Loftus