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The novel is set in Spain, Cervantes's homeland, through which he traveled during his youth and middle years. There are many autobiographical elements in Don Quixote. Cervantes clearly put his experiences as a student, as a captive of pirates, and also as a government purchasing agent to good use when composing the adventures of a poor and mad nobleman.

The novel provides a cross-section of Spanish life, thought, and feeling at the end of the chivalric age. In fact, the whole fabric of seventeenth-century Spanish society is detailed with piercing yet sympathetic insight in a thousand pages of close-set type.

Although Cervantes meant his novel to be a satire on the exaggerated chivalric romances of his time, it has been interpreted as an ironic story of an idealist frustrated and mocked in a materialistic world. It can also be seen as a veiled attack on the Catholic church and...

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