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The Escapes of Casanova and Latude from Prison

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Among the many curious incidents for which the Eighteenth Century will ever be famous, there are few more interesting and more suggestive than the escapes from the prisons of France and Italy, respectively, of Latude and Casanova. The lives and adventures of these two men form a most captivating narrative, as full of extraordinary incidents as a novel, and as instructive a ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1788)
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Kath Middleton
I find myself wondering how to review a book which is a translation. The story itself is all the work of Casanova himself, whereas the translation is what has enabled me to read it. The tale is an unusual one, of the incarceration of a man known better for the exploits of his later life. He is thrown into a prison in the company of some bizarre fellow prisoners and wardens. It's the story of the ingenuity he used to effect an escape... eventually!

I found the old style of the language a little di
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Catherine
I really enjoyed The Story of My Escape. Casanova's understated humour and tenacity are entertaining in particular. The guy was kind of a genius. I'd like to thank the translator, Andrew K. Lawston, for introducing me to a delightful work I never would have encountered otherwise. I think he did a great job, and the notes he provided are helpful without overwhelming the text.

I would definitely recommend this to any of my book loving friends. Don't be scared off by Casanova's foreword, it is easil
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Temperandrea
[...] Lasciatevi trasportare dalla penna dell’avventuriero veneziano e vi sembrerà di veleggiare, tanto è ariosa, fluida, limpida e scorrevole la sua prosa. Fuga dai Piombi è una sorta di auto-fiction, in quanto, al momento di narrare le sue avventure, Casanova era solito intrecciare realtà e fantasia (come anche ne Il duello, l’altro romanzo incluso in questa edizione dell’opera). Pur amplificando palesemente le proprie virtù, l’evasione dal carcere dei Piombi resta un fatto comprovato, oltre c ...more
Cheri
The Story of My Escape from The Leads (a notorious escape-proof prison in/near Venice noted for its series of lead roofs).

I read a very old English version of this book and found myself laughing at his escapades. The part where Casanova finally escapes from his cell and has to drag an annoying monk with him across the prison roof was described in just the right way to keep one in stitches.
Eva
Ora capisco perchè tutte si innamoravano di lui.
Ha appena fatto un'altra vittima..
Jodi
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Shanelle Kennedy
First novel that I ever read in french (yes the title of this edition is in italian but I couldn't find a french edition here..). much pride :)
Yann
Passionnant. Ce Casanova était un rude coquin plein de ressources, et le récit de cette évasion est haletante.
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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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