About the Book:In a time of discovery and decadence, when the gold that poured endlessly into the port of Sevilla devalued money, marriage, and love itself, young Juan Tenorio was abandoned and raised by nuns. He grew up loving and worshipping all women, but a clandestine affair with one of the sisters forces him to leave the Church—and his plans for the priesthood—forever. Juan becomes a spy, as well as the world’s greatest libertine. But far from the heartless seducer that legend recounts, he seeks liberation and redemption as much as personal pleasure and gratification. He begins to keep a diary of his greatest adventures and the arts of passion he has mastered. The most dangerous adventure of all—the irresistible fall into the madness of love with the only woman who could ever make him forget all others—finally compels him to confess everything.
My Review: I hadn’t spent much time thinking about Don Juan, so I thought this book would be an interesting way to learn more about him and his time period. And it was! The stakes were high during the life of Don Juan..the Inquisition was in full force. And his job was to please women! I found the way he believed in pleasing women for their own benefit to be a believable way to look at this famous lover from history.
This book is very sensual…in that the description is so rich you feel you are actually experiencing Spain in the 1500’s. In the beginning, the book weaves back and forth between Don Juan’s past and his present so that we can understand the present situation with more clarity. There’s a lot of swordfighting and adventure, but also little nuggets of wisdom and truth revealed through dialogue and some last minute revelations that will surprise you.
Recommended if you have an interest in Don Juan or this time period in history.
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