Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius

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How surprising to find that the man who is considered “the world’s greatest lover” was a social-climbing fraud, rapist, and pedophile. If his victims were nuns or innocent servant girls, they were still his prey. This book is certainly sensational, but I am eager to read source books from the subject himself to learn if Casanova had any redeeming qualities.

From his earliest life, Casanova was left to fend for himself under questions about his birth and its legitimacy. His mother was an actress. His father died when he was only eight, but he was lucky enough to have many benefactors who were taken in by his keen intelligence and duped by his falsehoods. He lived in Venice, which at that time was a capital of debauchery and vice. Casanova took other names when his own was besmirched. He spent time in prison and became famous by breaking out. He somehow managed to insinuate himself into court life in France, Italy, and Bohemia. Certainly, we can find parallels in today’s political life.

The author writes well and has written several other biographies.

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Author Laurence Bergreen
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 502 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish Date 11/1/2016
ISBN 9781476716497 Buy this Book
Issue 12/1/2016
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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