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From books and other: Shakespeare, Cervantes and World Book Day

From books and other: Shakespeare, Cervantes and World Book Day

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Today is a day that should be special for everyone because it is World Book Day, a day chosen to celebrate the existence of books, those parts of the world that are broken down into a few pages and you Travel to the most incredible places on earth, let your imagination run wild and more.

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Yes, April 23rd is World Book Day, but it is no coincidence that this date was chosen.

And it so happened that on April 23, but from the distant year 1616, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra died.

Imagine the influence of these two monsters of literature that 406 years later we worship books the day they became immortal.

The Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Thus, in 1930, in Catalonia, Spain, April 23 was established as Book Day, coinciding with Saint George’s Day.

In 1995 Spain proposed this United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)that the day was worldwide and was thus introduced on April 23 as World Book Day.

And today it is customary for you to give a rose and a book, so I would recommend that it be one by Cervantes or one by Shakespeare to also commemorate your death anniversary.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

For the Spaniards, to speak of Cervantes is to speak of the “Prince des Ingenios”, the creator of the great Don Quixote de la Mancha.

The Latin American who didn’t hear anyone talk about Don Quixote certainly lived in a cave isolated from verbal noise.

And it is this Don Quijote, as the novel is called The brilliant gentleman Don Quixote of La Manchais to talk about the world’s best-known and most-read novel in Spanish.

Yes, this huge book, sometimes even sold in large quantities, is the most read in Spanish and also the one that most people say they have read without being true.

So what better excuse, this World Book Day, to immerse yourself in this masterful novel that captures the essence of life in the simplest things.

Eat little and eat less because whole body health is forged in the office of the stomach.

The brilliant gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

Don Quixote’s ingenuity transcends times and epochs, and its magic has allowed that over the centuries (it was written in 1605), millions of readings and interpretations to which it has been subjected have created passages that live in the imagination, but outside of his lyrics.

And, for example, the famous phrase “Dogs bark, Sancho, signal that we are riding” suffices, which is attributed to Don Quixote but does not appear anywhere in the novel.

But today thousands of people quote it as if they had read it in the work of the so-called Manco de Lepanto.

This one they call Fortuna is a drunk and quirky woman and above all blind, and therefore she does not see what she is doing or who she is hitting.

The brilliant gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

William Shakespeare

And what about William Shakespeare, the most important writer in the English language and one of the most widely read poets and playwrights in history?

Shakespeare is a classic whose works are very present not only in literature but also in theater and cinema.

This poet and playwright, of whom little is known about his childhood and youth, was able to describe the sieves of humanity through his characters.

“First be true to yourself. And as surely as night follows day, you’ll find you can’t lie to anyone.’


Shakespeare’s tragedies are precise and full of sources that surprise and snag in their richness.

Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to name a few are works that return to cinemas year after year.

The character of the Bard of Avon, as Shakespeare is known, is synonymous with success and culture.

“When we give birth, we cry because we entered this huge madhouse.”

The Lear King

Come on, even movies based on his stories and life like the famous and acclaimed Shakespeare in Love by John Madden, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998.

It portrays, with subtle humor and great cinematography, the Elizabethan era in which Shakespeare lived, loved and wrote.

So seize this day and make it a habit to indulge in books, albeit once in a while.

And if you decide to do it with Cervantes or Shakespeare, start with two of the greatest geniuses, one of those whose lyrics are sure to leave you with a deep legacy of pure genius and admiration.

Reference from lanoticia

Will Hotson