Casanova

Author: Andrew Miller
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  • : $8.00(AUD)
  • : 9780340682104
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Sceptre
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  • : April 1999
  • : 19.99
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  • : books

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  • : Andrew Miller
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  • : Paperback
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9780340682104

Description

Giacomo Casanova arrives in England in the summer of 1763 at the age of thirty-eight, seeking a respite from his restless travels and liaisons. But the lure of company proves too hard to resist and the dazzlingly pretty face of young Marie Charpillon even harder. Casanova's pursuit of this elusive bewitcher drives him from exhilaration to despair and to attempt to reinvent himself in the roles of labourer, writer and country squire. Based on a little-known episode in Casanova's life, this is a scintillating, poignant, often comic portrait of a far more complex figure than legend suggests and of the decadent society in which he operated.

Reviews

His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising. I was absolutely captivated by it ... I wish I'd written it -- Hilary Mantel Another sparkling and lavishly detailed tale ... Miller is an extraordinarily confident writer of historical fiction The Times A full-bodied yet razor-sharp novel The Spectator I was thoroughly amused, stimulated, entertained and instructed by the whole book ... I don't think I've read anything which has brought 18th-century London so powerfully to life ... brilliantly acute -- Jonathan Coe Exquisite ... Miller's elegant prose is laced with luxurious imagery and wry humour Daily Telegraph