LA REUNIÓN DE
FORT LAUDERDALE 2005
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Don Quixote certainly reveals much narrative power,
considerable humor, a mastery of dialogue, and a forceful style. Of the two
parts written by Cervantes, the first is the more popular with the general
public – containing the famous episodes of the tilting at windmills, the
attack on the flock of sheep, the vigil in the courtyard of the inn, and the
episode with the barber and the shaving basin. The second part is inferior in
humorous effect, but shows more constructive insight, better delineation of
character, improved style, and more realism and probability in its action.
In 1613, he published a collection of tales, the Exemplary
Novels, some of which had been written earlier. On the whole, the Exemplary
Novels are worthy of the fame of Cervantes. The picaroon strain, already made familiar in Spain through the
Picaresque novels of Lazarillo de Tormes and his successors, appears in one or
another of them, especially in the Rinconete y Cortadillo, which is the
best of all. In 1614, he published the Viaje del Parnaso and in 1615, the
Eight Comedies and Eight New Interludes. At the same time, Cervantes
continued working on Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, a novel of adventurous travel, completed just before his death, and
appearing posthumously in January 1617.