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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA

A much smaller jump in time, a little over two centuries, brings us to what we learned in school is the first true novel in western culture. During a discussion in an Internet newsgroup a couple of years ago, somebody said that a free-form, modular approach to storytelling might generate coherent story, but asked how it could ever approach great art or literature? I might have used The Odyssey as an example or The Canterbury Tales. But in answer I presented Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (see Figure 13.2). Written in 1605, it is rightly considered a work of immense literary and artistic achievement.

Figure 13.2Picasso’s Don Quixote.

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