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The Story of Don Juan

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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"The crazy life and courageous death of a man who loved women too much to want only one."

Don Giovanni is a passionate lover of life and nearly 1,000 women. One night, the Commendatore of Calatrava catches him kissing his daughter, and challenges him to a duel. Don Giovanni wins the duel, which of course means that the Commendatore is slain and so begins the end for the inc
Hardcover, 91 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by Pushkin Children's Books (first published 2010)
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not typical Baricco's book as it is retelling of someone else's story but you can still see glimpses of the storyteller. I actually was pretty sure Don Giovanni will talk himself out of the situation and he almost did. Almost. I wasn't really sure what was the purpose of 'the list' unless just it wanted to show reader how extensive his conquests were cause it made Don Giovanni seem not just like a man who loved different women but like someone who just wanted to reach some number of them ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: precinct-81
As allways, Baricco lives up to my expectations: the writing is excellent ( also thanks to the translator) and even while it is a well knoWn story, he tells it in a hypnotic, suspenseful story.
A light read and a short one, but also an excellent novel.
I’ll definitively check out other books in this serie, retellings of classical stories.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
"In fact she didn't kill him: it didn't happen exactly like that. In fact they began to talk, which at times, however, is even worse than killing. Donna Elvira wanted to know why: why Don Juan had fled, why he had married her if he didn't want to stay with her, why he was so handsome, so lovable, and a bastard."

Sounds familiar?

This is the tale of a man whose biggest — and only — fear was being bored. And who has loved thousands of women, according to the "catalogue", in which is a list of the
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Don Juan, the man who loved women. Who loved all women and had to be with as many of them as he possibly could. Because Don Juan is also the man who is only afraid of being bored.

“Don Juan isn’t an imbecile, he’s just a man who loves women, and he loves them so much that it’s impossible for him to love one alone.”

The story starts with a man entering the bedroom of a beautiful young woman who is engaged to be married. Thinking the intruder is her fiancé, the woman allows the man to kiss her only
Rebecca Rouillard
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Don Juan' is a colourful tale but not one that I ever read as a child. (Closest I’d come to this story was Johnny Depp’s delusional character, Don Juan de Marco.) But the name 'Don Juan' itself has become synonymous with prolific sexual prowess and it was fascinating to read a version of the origins of this tale. This story is retold by Alessandro Baricco, the editor of the whole series, and reflects the passion he feels for Save the Story. The illustrations, by Alessandro Maria Nacar, also dem ...more
Дени Проданова ✨
Страхотна, вечна история за свободата. Книжлето е направено да се чете на един дъх, забавно и леко. Но посланието, което носи и въпросите, които повдига легендата за личността на Дон Жуан е нещо, над което може да се разсъждава цял живот. Формата на това издание е перфектен за някой младеж (или младежка), който е философски настроен към света и същевременно е стигнал до извода, че не всичко трябва да се взима на сериозно.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Baricco very much having read many of his works but this simplified and modernised version of
Don Giovanni's story was not to my taste. I do appreciate the noble intention of trying to make the young generation readers but in my view it should not be done in a plain way instead of giving them literary values. Sometimes abridged novels are quite enjoyable and good quality...
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Direi tre stelle a mala pena, magari 2,75 perche' e' noioso, non mi sembra molto di piu' che una trama smilza e troppo banale, dove tra l'altro manca anche un bel pezzo rispetto al testo della versione Mozartiana.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hated Don Juan for his womanising and disrespect to women. Also, illustrations were sparse for a children's book and when there were illustrations, they were messy. Hated it.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3
An old tale with beautiful illustrations and overall production.
Fatma Akyürek Aytekin
Bu seriyi çok sevsek de bu kitap biraz ağır geldi edebi anlamda bize.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long live Freedom even if it costs your own life!
- Don Juan -
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Alessandro Baricco is a popular Italian writer, director, and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages, and include Lands of Glass, Silk, Ocean Sea, City, and Without Blood. His theatrical monologue, Novecento, was adapted into film, titled The Legend of 1900.

He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.

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