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Don Juan by George Gordon Byron
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Jul 24, 09

bookshelves: poetry
Read in January, 2006

I’ve enjoyed two incarnations of Don Juan. This is the second I tried. The first is Mozart’s operatic version. Perhaps no artist came to the subject material more qualified than Lord Byron.

Lord Byron’s version is the Paradise Lost or Odyssey of Don Juan treatments. It is epic, filled with humor, passion, drama, melodrama, and action. By the end, Byron’s even gotten a ghost in the mix. But is it a real ghost? You’ll have to read to find out.

I’m a big fan of Lord Byron. His poems, even the schmaltzy ones, succeed in taking me somewhere exotic. Don Juan is sometimes a chore to read, but most of the time it is accessible and quick, exactly what Byron intended. Will you envy Juan? Will you despise him? Will you pity him? If you are like me, probably all three before you reach the final canto. Enjoy!
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