Don Quixote

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any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)

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In spite of defending the reliability of Benengeli as a careful and meticulous historian (Don Quijote 125), the narrator also undermines truth claims asserting that Benengeli is an Arab, "and it is a well-known feature that all Arabs are liars" (76).
Como indica Ruth El Saffar (121-2), Cide Hamete Benengeli se presenta como un narrador fastidioso.
In the complex narrative structure of the work, the anonymous secondary narrator extols the primary narrator Cide Hamete Benengeli for his exemplary curiosity and attention to detail: "Cide Hamete Benengeli fue historiador muy curioso y muy puntual en todas las cosas, y echase bien de ver, pues las que quedan referidas, con ser tan minimas y tan rateras, no las quiso pasar en silencio; de donde podran tomar ejemplo los historiadores graves" (1, 16, 199).
It continued with the invention of Cide Hamete Benengeli, reintroduced when the first sortie (one protagonist Don Quixote) was compared with the beginning of the second sortie (two protagonists and hence the introduction of a continuous dialogue--Don Quixote and Sancho Panza), and was presented again with the story of Marcela (the first of the intercalated tales which break--or do they?
Not only the elusive Cide Hamete Benengeli, the other narrator of the novel, who boasts of being merely its transcriber and translator (although he is really its editor, annotator, and commentator as well), reveals this passion for the imaginary life of literature, incorporating occasional tales--"The Man Who was Recklessly Curious" and the tale of Cardenio and Dorotea, for example--into the main story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
The author of Don Quixote of La Mancha is given as an Arab historian, Cide Hamete Benengeli.
The filiation of the Guerras civiles de Granada was clearly a model for Cervantes's parodic framing of his "true history" as the work of the chronicler Cide Hamete Benengeli.