The tale of fake knight, Don Quixote and his squire as they travel around regional Spain finding challenges and adventure in sometimes unlikely circumstances.
Yes, it must have been ground-breaking for it’s time. Yes, it’s influence on modern comedic writing cannot be denied. Yes, it has introduced words into English, and a reasonable number of people would be familiar with charging windmills and such.
Is it worth reading though? Unless you really need to feel some connection or burning desire to do so for historical, cultural, or other purposes, no probably not. Too long, too wordy, and ultimately, too many long drawn out boring sections which weigh it down. I have never literally been “bored to tears” by anything, but this book drove me to the edge on several occasions.
Still, some obviously love it so give it a go. In fact, if you do intend on reading it, I would highly recommend first reading The Legends of King Arthur and his Knights first. There are similarities in style, and King Arthur stories will probably prepare you well for type of book that Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was trying to lampoon. And it is shorter.
Source: Amazon. G. Heywood.