By Judith Summers
Told from the point of view of his innumerable sexual conquests, Casanova's girls renders a bright flesh-and-blood portrait of the famed philanderer, clearing away the parable whereas illuminating the lives of the ladies who've too lengthy languished within the shadows. The eighteenth-century Venetian adventurer Giacomo Casanova used his magnetic character to speak his manner into the beds of greater than 2 hundred girls. fascinating, fantastic, and devastatingly appealing, he claimed to love ladies and to appreciate their emotional and sexual wishes. to these he really enjoyed, he was once the suitable lover―thoughtful, beneficiant, and creative. To others he should be ruthless, egocentric, and cheating. Judith Summers's exuberant and candidly erotic biography finds how Giacomo Casanova, a sickly son of Venetian actors, went directly to go beyond the inflexible social barriers of the eighteenth century to maintain corporation with kings and beguile appealing girls. With unique learn culled from interval diaries, wills, correspondence, and memoirs, this targeted examine the mythical lady-killer supplies voice to the various ladies on whose bare backs Casanova's acceptance was once built.
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He boasts of his unbearable delight and intelligence, and but strips naked his soul to bare his private insecurities. He confesses to being either the architect of his fortune and the fellow who undermined its foundations, to profiting from different people’s stupidity, and to letting others get the higher of him. He tells of giving freely his final penny to assist a girl in desire, but additionally of emptying his pals’ handbags to meet his personal, brief, egocentric whims. so much revealing of all, Casanova recounts intimately and with nice delight in and feeling, how he wooed, seduced, enjoyed and parted from a few hundreds of thousands of ladies. Descriptions of his amorous affairs absorb a very good 3rd of the paintings. Angela and Marta. Manon and Donna Lucrezia. Nanetta, Caterina and Marina. Bellino, Bettina and Teresa. Sophia and Lucia. Leonilda and Marcolina. The Charpillon and the Corticelli. Jeanne Camus de Pontcarré de l. a. Rochefoucauld de Lascaris, in a different way referred to as the Marquise d’Urfé. Henriette. those ladies will pass down in historical past as one of the most vital of his conquests. yet there are rankings and rankings of others too various to say intimately, lots of all of them yet obliterated by way of the dense mist of the previous. Madame Dubois. Doña Ignacia. Hedwige. Sara. Esther. Signora F. Rosalie … Their names – occasionally genuine, at different instances invented – are scattered two-deep around the 100 and forty-three chapters of Casanova’s manuscript. For the main half theirs usually are not well-known names like Voltaire’s or Catherine the Great’s. yet neither are they trophy names inscribed in a few roue’s little black booklet. to the contrary, Casanova’s ladies are unforgettable people whose personal histories are often as vividly and lovingly stated because the adventurer’s personal. simply as Casanova the sweetheart as soon as kissed their dewy dermis with breathless abandon, Casanova the author breathes existence into their shadows. He describes what they appeared like and the place they got here from, what they did for a dwelling, if whatever, and what sort of they loved themselves in mattress. the place they've got grown outdated Casanova rejuvenates them. once they are useless he resurrects them. altering not anything regularly yet their identities – discretion continues to be one in all his maximum virtues – Casanova undresses his ladies on paper simply as he as soon as undressed them sooner than taking them to mattress, and he exposes their deepest ideas and such a lot intimate moments to the general public gaze. Angela is a prissy virgin and stubbornly intends to stay so until eventually the day she is married. Nanetta and Marta are disobedient sisters with a fit sexual interest. Bellino forsakes her intercourse with the intention to make a dwelling. Marina is a nun with a libido that a long way outstrips her non secular conviction. Bettina’s makes an attempt to precise her sexuality are destined to finish in catastrophe, and Lucia’s naive trust that males really suggest what they are saying ends up in her downfall. Manon is a clinging vine, Donna Lucrezia a sexually liberated spouse who's fortunate to have the main knowing husband on the earth. Teresa is the feminine impresario of an unique and winning evening membership, and an appalling mom whose daughter excites Casanova even supposing he occurs to be her father.