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Toni Bentley reviews new biography of CasanovaNY Times Book Review, Dec 7, 2008

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#1 Farrell Fan

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:07 AM

Casanova was no Don Juan. For one thing, he was real. For another, he really loved women, as an earlier biography stated in its subtitle. Of this one, "Casanova: Actor Lover, Priest, Spy,"by Ian Kelly, Bentley writes, "One feels the force of the sheer energy of this man -- as did perhaps his lovers -- catapulting him through history and onto our doorstep. I, for one, will invite him in."

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

The episode with his daughter is well-known, I remember it well from the Memoirs, which I read 10 or 15 years ago. Thanks for pointing this out, Farrell Fan, I wouldn't have seen it. It is full of the usual Bentley-style howlers, even more embarassing than usual (his 'oversize tale' is particularly de rigueur, one supposes, although it comes as little surprise as the faux-ponderous 'I, for one, will invite him in'....who could have ever guessed, eh?--although she could hardly outdo her Movedo Watch ad description with poor Darci). I can suppose only that she has become a sort of cult. Subtlety, move over! fuggedabouteet :sweatingbullets:

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:37 AM

Thanks for posting, Farrell Fan. An interesting review.

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