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History of My Life (Memoirs of Casanova #12)

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The name of Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (1725-98), is now synonymous with amorous exploits, and there are plenty of these, vividly narrated, in his memoirs. But Casanova was not just an energetic lover. In his time he was a diplomat, businessman, trainee priest, traveler, prisoner, magician, confidence man, gambler, professional en
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Hardcover, 1512 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Everyman's Library (first published 1789)
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Diane Schuller I'm sorry to say this actually is the abridged version. Though there is another abridged version that is something like 2400 or 2600 pages. Honestly.
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David
Jul 10, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casanova famously replied to a woman who asked him what he sought, ‘A moment that lasts a lifetime.’

Although she flew past him she left an impression, an imprint, like no other. When he was writing his memoirs in old age, impoverished financially but rich in memories, she blazed back into life for him again, untarnished, forever young and forever his.

There’s an instinct to possess, and it’s a hard lesson to finally understand that nobody can possess anything, least of all another human being.

Cas
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Jonathan
Sep 13, 2013 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The rating is for this edition and this translation. Not only is it so heavily edited as to remove any of the power of the original text, but the translator himself has admitted he "modernised" the language to make it "easier" for modern readers. Fuck you is what I say to that. And fuck Penguin.

Also fuck Penguin for this type of crap: http://www.penguin.com/static/html/cl...

Denis
Feb 01, 2012 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an extraordinary, exhilarating, brilliant book! Of course this is an abridged version: the original manuscript of Casanova's memoir takes 14 volumes, so who knows what amazing episodes are missing from this edition! But to be honest, the editors seem to have done a great job at patching all the present chapters together, and at explaining each times briefly what happens during the ones that have been cut: the fluidity of the book, as well as its comprehension, are therefore never a problem. ...more
Nick Ruffilo
Oct 06, 2009 Nick Ruffilo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the unabridged version of this book (Diaries of Casanova Vol 1-6) but I think its important to put this review here as I believe it will get the most exposure.

Critics hailed this as the best slice of 1700s culture throughout Europe and I have to agree.

What drew me most about the book was the nature in which it pulled me in. I mainly read psychology and business type books, so for me to get engrossed in a story is a rarity. On top of that - I'm usually not one for books more than
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Shelly
Jan 03, 2013 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me say that if I could have dinner with ten people - regardless of the time period - I would DEFINITELY want Giacomo Casanova there! He had adventure after adventure. I loved the story! It was a really wild ride. And the thing I liked most about it was it was so fresh and exciting - not your average book from the 1700s! This guy knew how to get what he wanted out of life. I recommend it highly.
محمد على عطية
صعلوك..مغامر..جسور..فاسق..داعر..نذل..عاهر..يصاب بالأمراض السرية أكثر من إصابته بالبرد...هذا هو كازانوفا, و لكن مذكراته تعطى لمحة عن الحياة فى أوروبا القرن الثامن عشر
Lina AL Ojaili
اهم حكمة كتبت فى مذكراته
انه يجب على الشخص ان يكون تقى
وان لم يستطع يتظاهر بالتقوى فى كل الاحوال
Robyn Blaber
Feb 02, 2012 Robyn Blaber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read old book, I don't often consider them to be "instructional". Any advice of a philosophical or scientific nature that has been written more than a few years ago is likely to contain assertions that are remarkable for their time, but laughable for our time. Casanova is not like this at all. His memoirs could be titled "Bad advice for a good life."

He has all qualities that a bad person would need. He keeps bad company. He drinks. He gambles. He falls in an out of love unimaginably quick
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Brendan
Jul 10, 2007 Brendan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ben
It's just so good. Where else are you going to meet a complete dirt bag who can tell you everything about meeting Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin and who gets congratulated by doctors for giving people VD?

This version is very puritanical. The original is 1400 pages and this version is cut down to 400 and you will read dozens of pages about the food he ate and then in italics the authors will cut between chapters Casanova soon met a pair of sisters whom he pitted against each other in a threesome,
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Melanie
Apr 04, 2010 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is the abridged version, it is a must read. Many people think Casanova was a romantic, which he was, but he was also a seducer of nuns, a thief, con-man, charlatan, and addict! After a visit to Venice I believed I needed to read about the man I'd heard of, in his own words. There is sex of course, but there is also humor, action, and adventure. I learned much about Italian history, geography, privilege, and politics all while thoroughly enjoying an entertaining - and yes, sensua ...more
L. W.
Jun 21, 2010 L. W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The guy was an asshole pervert with no regard for females, but he was also genius. And I named my dog after him.
Marti
Sep 24, 2016 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
The entire story of Casanova's life is about seven volumes. After reading this edition -- which consists of what the editors think are the best parts -- I want to read the entire thing one day. It's hard to believe all of this is true as it reads more like an adventure novel. If you enjoyed the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tom Jones, The Three Musketeers and other picaresque tales, you will definitely want to read this.

Casanova's name of course has become synonymous with flagrant womanizing, and there
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Fuad Alsultan
Nov 12, 2014 Fuad Alsultan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مذكرات مملة جدا ،،
كنت عن سمعت الكثير عن اسم كازانوفا ومغامراته ،،
وكنت عن رسمت شخصية كاريزمية للرجل وعن سبله وطرقه في كسب الحب من حوله ،،
ولاكن لم أرى أي من الصفات التي كنت أخالها في هذه الشخصية ،،

الرجل مغامر ولعوب واراه لم يحب في حياته قط ،،
لم أرى قلب كازانوفا في اي من قصصه الغرامية ،، كل ما رأيت هي رغبات عارمة تحكم شخصية الرجل وتسير كل قراراته ،،
أمر مزعج جدا أن يكون رجل كا كازانوفا مثالا للعشق والحب في الاساطير ،،
وهو لمن يمكن سوى رجل اساء معاملة النساء بطريقة العيش التي اختارها لنفسه ،،

أرى أن ال
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M. Milner
Nov 16, 2016 M. Milner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about wild. Giacomo Casanova was well known in his lifetime, but even he likely couldn't have imagined how his infamy would grow over the next couple centuries. Even now, his name is familiar to people who have no idea he was actually a real person.

But, of course, he was real. An adventurer and professional gambler in his youth, Casanova ended his days as a librarian and writer. He wrote several books, including novels and part of the libretto for Mozart's Don Giovanni. His longest and most
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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Casanova..

Seperti halnya ‘Don Juan’ yang telah menjadi istilah ‘tersendiri’ dalam berbagai bahasa. Menurut Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Edisi ke-11 kata benda Casanova berarti:

‘Lover; a man who is promiscuous and unscrupulous lover’
‘Pecinta; Lelaki penganut pergaulan bebas dan pecinta tak setia’

Kehidupan seksnya penuh warna, bukan lagi satu lawan satu bahkan dia pernah dengan 2 orang perempuan sekaligus dalam satu ranjang. Ia pun pernah mencicipi hubungan homoseksual dengan lelaki yan
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Bob Schnell
Giacomo Casanova's abridged autobiography (the full-length version is many volumes) is a fascinating, albeit frustrating, rollick through 18th century European society. From audiences with royalty to the horrors of an Inquisition prison, Casanova surely led the sort of libertine life most could only imagine. Along the way the sexual encounters for which he is most famous help us to understand his need to constantly be traveling, either running to or from his latest adventure.

My problem with the
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Terry
Oct 11, 2007 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Unknown
I came to this looking for a quotation. This is not the edition I am reading, as mine appears to run much longer. I admit to being totally taken in by the author's charming and humble preface to his own work. I look forward to reading this on vacation and disappearing into the world of the 18th century--the courts of Louis XIV and Catherine the Great--through the eyes of one its truly notorious personalities.

I already love the preface, where the humble author professes Christian belief and in t
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Celine
Sep 14, 2016 Celine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Nombre des aventures de Casanova sont divertissantes et sa plume est très agréable à lire. Mais beaucoup de ses propos, bien que correspondants aux lieux communs de l'époque, sont plus que problématiques: sexisme, antisémitisme...
Pire, par goût de la provocation (et sans que cela ait pu forcément correspondre à des pratiques personnelles), Casanova va trop loin en banalisant et excusant l'inexcusable: inceste, goût pour les jeunes filles à peine pubères... Cela correspond pour beaucoup à une po
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Nessie
Apr 23, 2015 Nessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest book I ever read! This book changed my outlook on life.. And I would never be the man I am now if I didn't read this while at secondary school. Casanova lived his life to the full, took every opportunity he was given, and flourished. He was a philosopher, an adventurer.. Though he tried to write novels and plays, his greatest achievement was in the life he led, and the autobiography he wrote..
William Dearth
Feb 14, 2012 William Dearth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Extraordinary Book! As much as I enjoyed Vol. 1 of the Memoirs of Duc De Saint-Simon, I enjoyed this even more. True, this is a 550 page abridged version "The Story of My Life", but it is not wanting in content.

There is much more to Casanova than his legendary love affairs. There is an abundance of relevant 18th century history here and, for the most part it is a genuine page turner. Excellent.
Irka
Apr 25, 2014 Irka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Przyjemna i szybka lektura, zabawne jak wiele rzeczy Casanovie wychodziło przypadkiem, np. przypadkiem trafił do więzienia i przypadkiem z niego uciekł; przypadkiem zainteresowała go jedna siostra, a nim zainteresowało się wszystkich pięć :)
Alicia May
Dec 02, 2016 Alicia May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New drinking game: shots every time Casanova compares a sexual encounter to flowers! Result: hammered! (Pun intended)
J.L. Dobias
Sep 10, 2013 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of victorian romance and histories
Shelves: book-shelf-11
The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

(The boy who never grew up)

I purchased what appeared to be an incomplete copy of this on Amazon and then went to the Gutenberg site to find the full 29 episodes of which one is rather incomplete. It comes with a warning:

[Transcriber's Note: These memoir's were not written for children, they may outrage readers also offended by Chaucer, La Fontaine, Rabelais and The Old Testament. D.W.]Giacomo Casanova. The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanov
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Nada Gamal
Ra23a ....:D
Kelly
Jun 02, 2017 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You finish this book not knowing whether to love, hate, pity or admire this unapologetic man. Halting respect may be what I feel after finishing this book. Is he selfish? Yes. Does he take advantage of others? Yes. But he is amusing and gives a fascinating account of life in the 18th century pre French Revolution, voyaging from Russia to Spain, Turkey to England. Furthermore his interesting little comments on life, philosophy and characters is thought-provoking. I recommend the read, the man beh ...more
رقية اشرف
ف مثل كدة بيقول "صاحب بالين كداب" فما بالك بقا بكازنوفا صاحب الالف عشيقة ف كل حتة ف ايطاليا وفرنسا و النمسا...إلخ، الصدمة الكبرى بقا انه كان "قس"!! زي م اتفاجأت ان دكتور فاوست بردو كان قس، مش عارفة ايه العلاقة، بس اللي تفهمه من علاقات كازنوفا ان شخصية الستات هي اللي كانت بتحدد طريقته ف التعامل معاهم مكنش بيقدر يتجاوز مع الملتزمات، كازنوفا بياكد ان الطليان هم اكتر شعب ف العالم بيعرف يتعامل مه الجنس اللطيف وبيلفهم ما شاء الله، الترجمة سيئة جدا جدا، الترجمة العربي محتاجة نرجمة تانية وللأسف ان النسخ ...more
Anita
Mar 14, 2017 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Казанова ходит в школу, одалживает деньги и скучно пишет
Bastian
good romance book
Hanna McHonnor
Non ho trovato la versione letta tra quelle proposte da goodreads, e nonostante questo sia in inglese vi dico subito che l'ho letto in italiano. La prima cosa che ho notato è che spesso i pregiudizi dovrebbero essere lasciati dova stanno e sicuramente non ascoltarli. Questo romanzo vale davvero tanto e si nota, dopo averlo letto, come l'incanto amoroso di Casanova sia solo una minima parte della sua vita e che lui sia in stato di eccitazione di fronte a qualsiasi cosa che gli offra la vita, tra ...more
Gijs Grob
Casanova's memoires beslaan niet minder dan 12 boeken en duizenden pagina's, goed genoeg om menig lezer af te schrikken. Dat is jammer, want Casanova heeft in één leven meer meegemaakt dan anderen in tien én hij kan daar zeer smakelijk over vertellen. Gelukkig heeft Arthur Japin nu een handzame compilatie gemaakt uit de eerste zes boeken van 'histoire de ma vie', zodat ook de minder fanatieke lezer kennis kan maken met deze 18e eeuwse avonturier, vrijdenker en rokkenjager.

Zoals verwacht komt er
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Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt was a Venetian adventurer and author. His main book Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), part autobiography and part memoir, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century.

He was so famous as a womanizer that his name remains synonymous with the art of seduction and he is sometimes ca
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