Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra finds refuge from his difficult childhood by imagining the adventures of a brave but clumsy knight. This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond barber-surgeon, Miguel looks to his own imagination for an escape from his family's troubles and finds comfort in his colorful daydreams. At a time when access to books is limited and imaginative books are considered evil, Miguel is inspired by storytellers and wandering actors who perform during festivals. He longs to tell stories of his own. When Miguel is nineteen, four of his poems are published, launching the career of one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language.
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"The early life of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is narrated in first-person poems by Thom Rivera, each one depicting a vivid snapshot of his childhood. Through his family's struggles with debt, young Miguel finds solace in his daydreams of a brave knight named Don Quixote who rides out on his steed to right the wrongs of this "terribly mixed-up world." Sounds of the horse whinnying and trotting bring his adventures to life, while classical guitar music and Rivera's accent heighten the Spanish ambiance. Listeners will feel like they are in sixteenth-century Spain. Notes at the end of the audiobook fill in the details of Cervantes's colorful life and explain the importance of his literary classic DON QUIXOTE. S.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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