Een schitterend gebrek
This is a moving novel about enduring love, mystique, self-sacrifice, deception, heartbreak, humiliation, about woman who struggle between emotion and reason, sense and instinct, story of innocence and experience. Presented from Lucia's perspective as a legacy to her unborn child, to know what a woman is capable of to survive in the cruel world and ...more
For this reader, "In ...more
This was definitely one of the best Dutch books I've ever read!
Based on a true story, this book tells us about Lucia, the woman who did Giacomo Casanova wrong, or so he believes.
Throughout the book, you'll find out what Lucia's real story is - one that differs from what Giacomo has always believed.
As someone who doesn't usually like historical novels, it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it - mainly the first part of the book. I ...more
But this story just didn't do it for me. It could have been nice, because the actually story on itself is really interesting. The first love of Casanova and how her life was after she left him. But it was just one boring story, with to ...more
After someone read parts of the book to me years ago (very romantic :) ) I wanted to read it myself. I started reading but my study load (maybe combined with the ‘slow’ start of the book some reviewers talk about) caused me to put it aside and I sort of forgot about it. In the back of my mind I still thought: someday I have to finish that book… and then I saw the (D ...more
Japin (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi) offers an intriguing story about love, deceit, betrayal, identity, and self-sacrifice. Presented from Lucia's perspective, the story rests on one detail from Casanova's Histoire de ma vie but makes good use of its larger context. Critics agree that Japin's rich historical material, including Lucia's involvement in the era's intellectual, artistic, and philosophical currents, makes the 18th century come alive. They disagree, however, about Lucia: Is she a flesh-and-blood(The...more
And the story...It's wonderful. I know, it's sad and almost depressing at times. But just the way you see the world through Lucia's eyes and experience the way of her world is so fascinating. Her reason behind all of her actions, especially her leaving Giacomo Casanova (yes, THE Casanova) makes ...more
I didn't know there was an English translation of this book until I just came across it. The original title is Een Schitterend Gebrek. It was one of the books I read for Dutch literature, a while ago, and I remember there were a lot of people who liked it, but I didn't really.
In Lucia's Eyes tells the story of Casanova's first love, Lucia. She runs away from her fiancé after a disease leaves her face scarred. Years later she finds herself in Amsterdam.
Set in 18th century Amsterdam and Venice, the book talks about the internal & external struggles of Lucia, who loses her face to Smallpox and gets disfigured. The handicap has a profound impact on her personality and life. Her transformation from a spirited, happy-go-lucky girl child to an ugly and insecure downtrodden sou ...more
I forgot her name... Casanova's first and ever truest love (gagh)
to be honest, I should have know what I was getting. The writer is excellent by using poetic phrasing with simple words. However, me no likey. I don't know actually what it is, but i feel condescended. I'm not five good sir. I know my shit about the Enlightenment and The Romantique (It looks prettier this way :( sorry I really wanted to) ...more
We are unhappy because we think that love is something we require from someone else. Our salvation depends on a simple gesture that is nonetheless the most difficult act we can perform: We must give away the thing we most long for. Not to receive but to give.
There was a moment of hesitation when I challenged myself to read In Lucia's Eyes. Historical novels is not part of my reading habits (and I will never touch ...more
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At first I was I little reserved. Would I be able to like a book about Casanova? I don't have a thing with this man and I hate the fact he is known as a womanizer. Juk! But then, I started reading... and reading. And ...more
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Ik heb het geleerd zoals een zwerfhond leert zwemmen: omdat hij met de rest van de worp in een jutezak werd gepropt en in een snelstromende rivier is geworpen.
Die ene die het tegen alle verwachtingen in gered heeft, dat ben ik.
Met in mijn oren nog het gejank van degenen die het niet haalden, moest ik leren ergens van te houden.
Ik ben niet onder gegaan.
Ik heb de kant bereikt.
Ik heb lief.
Andere mensen dragen hun verdriet in hun hart.
Ongezien holt dat hen vanbinnen uit. Het is mijn redding geweest dat ik mijn verdriet aan de buitenkant draag, waar het niemand kan ontgaan.