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História da Minha Vida (Memoirs of Casanova #12)

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Uma antologia de algumas das aventuras do mais celebrado amante e sedutor do mundo. Não cabem todas num só volume, mas em "História da minha vida" (escrito por Casanova em 1794, quatro anos antes de morrer com 78 anos), o escritor veneziano legou muitas experiências para a posteridade.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 22nd 2010 by Impresa (first published 1789)
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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.

Feb 02, 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
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
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
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
Feb 21, 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.
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
Jul 24, 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,
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.
Fuad Alsultan
Mar 12, 2015 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
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara

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
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
Jan 18, 2016 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deschizand cartea am intrat intr-o lume cu totul diferita de cea care ma inconjoara si de cea pe care mi-o imaginam a fi universul lui. Giacomo Casanova mi-a fost calauza si prieten drag, care si-a deschis sufletul in fata mea si care mi-a permis sa observ lucrurile pe care le avem in comun: mici reactii sau credinte care dau savoare povestii. Asa cum spunea si Irina Mavrodin: 1Ecand incepi sa citesti aceste memorii, care, de fapt, sunt un adevarat roman, intri cu totul intr-o lume care traieste ...more
Sarah Smithers
It was a fairly entertaining read...(read by Benedict Cumberbatch)

As all tales by sociopaths

I was taking it with a grain of salt as all these women were oh! so! ameneable to his advances...until it got to the 8 on 1 part..and she said she really was into it...which is what all rapists say. Then I added the bottle of salt. But I listened to his tale.

I find it extraordinary that all these people tool about Europe all day, since whatever "jobs" they say they have leave plenty of time to f
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
Sep 13, 2013 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.
Apr 25, 2015 emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably have given this a 5 if not for the fact that it's an abridged version which, at the end of each chapter, gives a brief summary of what's been left out. Unfortunately, it was often the case that, after 16 pages of detailed to the point of piles description of some sumptuous dinner or other, there would then follow something like: "Casanova becomes embroiled in a love affair with two sisters which culminates in a threesome, he then barely survives an attempt on his life after being ca ...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
May 10, 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 :)
Ganga  Bandara
The book Story of my life which is intertwined with the craft of storytelling and autobiography was able to ensure that the name of Casanova would become synonymous with womanizing even when the book was published two decades after his death.
While being described as a libertine Casanova’s character becomes more complex as the book steeps with Christian doctrines and cultural practices and who later on could change his identity as well.He appears as a catalyst who encapsulates the changes happe
Anna Elissa
Buku ini saya dapet hasil menang dari lomba puzzle di IRF 2015. Waktu itu hadiah bukunya boleh milih, dan akhirnya saya pilih yang ini karena menurut saya: 1) paling mending, dan 2) tergolong buku klasik.

Judul buku ini sangat deskriptif terhadap isi bukunya. Iya, buku ini memang autobiografi yang mengisahkan sekelumit petualangan cinta Giacomo Casanova, pria yang nama belakangnya saat ini sudah sinonim dengan playboy. Dalam Kisah Cinta Casanova, kita diperkenalkan dengan sosok Casanova yang tern
Victoria Brown
Dec 24, 2014 Victoria Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'd expected it to be either the dull and dry ramblings of an elderly man imagining a nostalgic past, or simply seedy and sleazy, an 18th century Fifty Shades of Grey. He is in fact rather sensitive about the women he discusses, leaving them anonymous in some cases, and usually professing some form of emotional attachment which he deems to be love. But there is also so much more discussed - adventures breaking out of prison and politics across Europe. The ...more
Czarny Pies
Dec 10, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are very interested in the 18th Century nobility.
Recommended to Czarny by: Frederico Fellini.
Shelves: french-lit
Every Goodreads member should make an effort to familiarize himself or herself with this remarkable 18th Century gadfly who knew everyone from Voltaire to Mozart. I think reading his complete 12 volume memoires which run to 3000 pages would be a bit much. However, if after 150 pages of this book of excerpts you find yourself attracted to this engaging personality, stop and switch to the real thing.

The Frederico Fellini movie starring Donald Sutherland was a box office bust but does indeed offer
Keegan King
Jul 08, 2014 Keegan King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it difficult to read, 200 year old empirical French translated into modern day English which was written by an Italian can be a little hectic, but the adventures Casanova goes on, the way he relates himself to "the reader," and presents his life as it really was blew me away. Its not some lust filled page turner full of scandalous sex and rock n' roll, but so much more about the actual life he lived, the thoughts he had, and the world he experienced, he just happened to have a hottie or ...more
Nada Gamal
Ra23a ....:D
Brodie Dakin
Never before have i been so incredibly bored and riveted by the same book! I initially bought the book out of curiosity regarding Casanova's amorous adventures, though ironically I found the description of these to be underwhelming, and instead found the more chaste areas of the book to be the most captivating; his conversations with great leaders and thinkers as well as his adventures, duels and prison escapes make the book worthwhile.
A lot of 'Story of my life' is quite difficult to follow.
Christopher Roth
I'm sorry now that I didn't buy and read an unabridged version of the memoirs, since I imagine that would be just as interesting as this, just with more of it. In fact, oddly enough, some of the more interesting sections, to judge from the editor's commentary, were taken out (such as Casanova's escape from prison), presumably because they are frequently printed elsewhere, which is silly. Erica Jong's foreword and the back-cover blurb seem eager to brace readers for contents that are disappointin ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Ciprian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the begining if you are not ready to spend a lot of time reading an interesting story or if you get easily bored don't even try to begin to read this book.
It's a huge book, very interesting, where you can discover a big part of the world traditions.
Everyday Cassanova keeps our attention with a new story full of suspense.
Many difficult situations where he escapes from, but through what metods, we've never thought of. That's why the book is unique and sometimes the story brings us easily fro
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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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Memoirs of Casanova (1 - 10 of 28 books)
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