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The Story of My Life (Memoirs of Casanova #12)

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Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, Good Samaritan, spy, swashbuckler, self-made gentleman, entrepreneur, wit, poet, translator, philosopher, and general bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover the Western world has known, but also a storyteller of the first order. Since he lived a life richer and stranger than most fictions, the tale of his ...more
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Diane Schuller I'm sorry to say this actually is the abridged version. Though there is another abridged version that is something like 2400 or 2600 pages. Honestly.
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David
Jul 10, 2010 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.

Cas
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Jonathan
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The rating is for this edition and this translation. Not only is it so heavily edited as to remove any of the power of the original text, but the translator himself has admitted he "modernised" the language to make it "easier" for modern readers. Fuck you is what I say to that. And fuck Penguin.

Also fuck Penguin for this type of crap: http://www.penguin.com/static/html/cl...

Denis
Feb 01, 2012 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
Nick Ruffilo
Oct 06, 2009 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
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Shelly
Jan 03, 2013 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.
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
Brendan
Jul 10, 2007 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,
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Melanie
Apr 04, 2010 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
Robyn Blaber
Feb 02, 2012 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
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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

Memoirs of Casanova (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • The Venetian Years
  • Histoire de ma vie : Texte intégral du manuscrit original suivi de textes inédits, tome 2
  • Military Career
  • Memoirs of Casanova, Vol 5: Milan and Mantua
  • Paris
  • Aventuras en Venecia
  • Memoirs of Casanova - Volume 08: Convent Affairs
  • The False Nun
  • Under the Leads
  • Memoirs of Casanova - Volume 11 : Paris and Holland
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