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History of My Life, Volumes III & IV (History of My Life #2)

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Giacomo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. His parents, both actors, wanted him to become a priest, but their hopes were dashed when, at sixteen, he was expelled from the seminary for immoral misconduct. Probably best-known for his reputation as a womanizer, Casanova was in turn a secretary, a soldier in the Venetian army, a preacher, an alchemist, a gambler, a violinist ...more
Hardcover, 728 pages
Published 1967 by Harcourt, Brace & World
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Ahsan
Dec 01, 2014 Ahsan rated it it was amazing
Ah, this is the sort of book that reminds me why I read: to enjoy, to learn, to see from the author's eyes and to experience a world that is both beyond recurrence and recurring. Oh, if I could be transported back to the beginning to read the first volume anew and experience it again, ignorant of its beauty, and reach here again, thankful for my journey!

Volume 3 was slower than the first two volumes, with Casanova primarily visiting Paris, where he is clearly out of his element. He struggles wit
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Nov 04, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
I am grumpy today...so...

For the type of reader who believes that one should judge the works of the past with the same high moral, social and political standards as one critiques our contemporaries, I must inform you that Casanova is (with reference to our contemporary definitions of these words):

1. A rapist
2. A paedophile (Of Casanova’s recorded sexual partners, twenty-two were between eleven and fifteen years of age, twenty-nine between sixteen and twenty, only five were over thirty, and onl
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Arjun Khode
Nov 07, 2016 Arjun Khode rated it it was amazing
If a book has to have love scenes, this is how they should be.. Beautiful, poetic and romantic. It is like you are living his life seeing through his eyes, when his heart gets broken, yours gets broken. You can see his strength moving on and how life showers one with an interesting experience upon another despite the lowest of lows. Romance is to love as red is to a rose. Brilliant man, super intelligent, lover, philosopher and poet. At one time of my life, I wanted to be like him. It is amazing ...more
Gary Olson
Oct 14, 2011 Gary Olson rated it liked it
Casanova's life was amazing, with enough adventure and intrigue to fill... well... volumes and volumes of text. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he decided to do, and while much of it is interesting and involving, after a while I just kept saying 'how much longer does this go on?' Certainly worth reading, but pace yourself or your head will go numb.
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Jun 04, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
So essential for one's library that it is silly to even mention it. Casanova rocks his world - and not just the women I might add. Get all volumes. It's a hoot and quite an adventure at the same time.
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Volumes 3 & 4 are my favorites of Casanova's History and include his escape from the Leads.
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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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Other Books in the Series

History of My Life (6 books)
  • History of My Life, Vols. I & II
  • History of My Life, Vols. V & VI
  • History of My Life, Vols. VII & VIII
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