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Don Quixote's imagination has been captured by tales of chivalry, to the point where he becomes quite mad and believes that he is a knight errant. Together with his sidekick Sancho Panza, and filled with misguided chivalric impulses, he embarks on travel and adventure. Don Quixote is a humorous parody of chivalric romance literature. Its characters and language have become widely entrenched in western language and literature. Groundbreaking and influential, it is considered by many to be one of the greatest books of all time.
It is important to note that the author is not the famed English politician and author, but an unrelated American writer.
This book has been named "The Crossing" because I have tried to express in it the beginnings of that great movement across the mountains which swept resistless over the Continent until at last it saw the Pacific itself. The Crossing was the first instinctive reaching out of an infant nation which was one day to become a giant. No annals in the world's history are more wonderful than the story of the conquest of Kentucky and Tennessee by the pioneers...Winston Churchill
English seaman Charlie Marlow recounts a journey to his shipmates, a journey up river to the heart of the Congo. Marlow had been tasked to find what had happened to Kurtz who had been an inexplicably productive procurer of ivory until contact was lost. Respected and feared, Kurtz has an aura of mystery and danger that lures Marlow closer and closer until ...
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