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Casanova is the second novel by English author, Andrew Miller, released on 3 September 1998 through Sceptre.

Casanova is the second novel by English author, Andrew Miller, released on 3 September 1998 through Sceptre. Set in 1763, this novel centres round the historical figure of Giacomo Casanova and loosely follows his autobiographical Histoire de ma vie. The plot of the novel concerns Casanova falling for a woman and having, for the first time, to deal with rejection and the pain which it causes him.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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.

Andrew Miller's lush, enthralling new novel is a wonderful companion piece to Flem's work. Starting late in Casanova's life when he was a virtual exile in Switzerland, surrounded by his memories, the book flashes back to a romantic misadventure in London

Andrew Miller's lush, enthralling new novel is a wonderful companion piece to Flem's work. Starting late in Casanova's life when he was a virtual exile in Switzerland, surrounded by his memories, the book flashes back to a romantic misadventure in London. Living amid the "grubby and melancholy" English, a 40ish Casanova was surprisingly gulled and tormented by a woman he was hoping to seduce. Though based on Casanova's memoirs as Flem's book was, Miller's Casanova is more depressed and world-weary (and thus less original).

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. 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.

Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and greeted as the debut of an outstanding new writer. Andrew Miller's novels have been published in translation in twenty countries. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy. It has been followed by Casanova, Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award in 2001, The Optimists, One Morning Like A Bird, Pure, which won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, and The Crossing.

Miller drew parts of his story from Giacamo Casanova's own Histoire de Ma Vie, an In his first novel, Ingenious Pain, Andrew Miller told the tale of a man who felt too little; in his second novel, he features a man who feels too much. Set like its predecessor at the end of the 18th century, Casanova in Love follows the fortunes of that legendary lover whose name is now synonymous with womanizer.

by. Miller, Andrew, 1961-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on February 4, 2013. 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

In his first novel, Ingenious Pain, Andrew Miller told the tale of a man who felt too little; in his second novel, he features a man who feels too much.

In his first novel, Ingenious Pain, Andrew Miller told the tale of a man who felt too little; in his second novel, he features a man who feels too much. In 1763, at the age of thirty-eight, Giacomo Casanova arrives in England seeking a respite from his endless travels and liaisons. Before long, though, the lure of a pretty face proves too hard to resist, and Casanova reverts to his old ways as he pursues the dazzlingly beautiful Marie Charpillon.

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.

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Cells
Andrew Miller is great at giving the impression of his period with hits sights sounds and smells. The story itself is only mildly interesting.
Anarawield
Miller seems to be a man of great elegance, but somewhere along the way the plot got forgotten. Whereas his first novel, Ingenious Pain, was an original and surprising "bibliography" of a man that never was, this portrait of a real historical character seems to be more shallow and not very inspiring. Three stars for Miller's brilliant style; this time, the substance doesn't satisfy.
Gavirus
In addition to being a gifted writer, Andrew Miller is an extraordinarily skilled observer of human nature. I found "Casanova in Love" to be a keenly insightful look at human vulnerability in the face of two overpowering forces: age and love.
"Casanova in Love" is not by any means a biography of the great seducer: rather, through Casanova Miller explores the darker side of relationships. It is 1763, and a jaded 38-year-old Casanova finds himself in London, wealthy, notorious, yet restless. He feels something is amiss with his life, or rather, that the life he has created for himself is no longer enough to satisfy him: "[E]ach day another pig-white hair to pluck from nose or eyebrow, and in [his heart] the knowledge that the vertex had already passed, that there was nothing now but twenty, thirty more years of being Casanova: a tedious, more grudging re-enactment of the done."
Already weakened by creeping self-doubt, the hunter becomes the hunted. Beautiful 17-year-old courtesan Marie Charpillon seems a veritable fountain of youth. For the rest of the book, in richly worded vignettes, some hilarious, some embarassing, Casanova's behavior is a catalog of the pathetic. He exemplifies the temporary blindness of those who try too hard to make someone else love them. After all, Charpillon herself had stated her goal as "making him fall in love with me, and then torturing him." Yet the mere sight of her deafens him to these words, and there seems to be no indignity he will not endure, always in the hope that this time, this one, will be rewarded with love in return.
There is no love in this story, of course. Not in her abuse of him, nor in his obsession with her. Yet compared to her calculated humiliation of him, Casanova's obsession seems at least the forgivable honest mistake of a man trying clumsily to do what he believes is right, in this case, to love. Gambling is a recurring theme in the book, a reminder of the high stakes and the chances we take when we let our defenses down to someone else. A simplistic writer's approach to this book would have been to portray Casanova's torment as his just desserts for the way he'd treated other women. Miller rises above this inadequate theme. Casanova's tale is a parable for a million other relationships. It is a beautifully written warning against trying too hard to be loved, a brutal cautionary look at how we expose ourselves to being used if we open ourselves up to the wrong person.
Narim
Lydia Flem's stunning, intense biography "Casanova: the Man Who Loved Women" revealed him to be anything but a shallow, woman-hating libertine. This wildly generous autodidact, who was devoted to pleasure of all kinds, did indeed enjoy sex, but not mindlessly: he reveled in women who were intelligent and witty.
Andrew Miller's lush, enthralling new novel is a wonderful companion piece to Flem's work. Starting late in Casanova's life when he was a virtual exile in Switzerland, surrounded by his memories, the book flashes back to a romantic misadventure in London. Living amid the "grubby and melancholy" English, a 40ish Casanova was surprisingly gulled and tormented by a woman he was hoping to seduce.
Though based on Casanova's memoirs as Flem's book was, Miller's Casanova is more depressed and world-weary (and thus less original). But just as adeptly as Flem did, Miller evokes Casanova's amazingly complex life and paints a scintillating, evocative, erotic portrait of the extravagant 18th century.
Lev Raphael, author of LITTLE MISS EVIL, the 4th Nick Hoffman mystery.
Flarik
Miller's second book is similar to his first in that again he deals with large themes: the nature of life and death, happiness, and the human experience. And again, Miller's prose is lyrical and sensuously descriptive. But there the resemblance ends.
Casanova In Love is a melancholy and contemplative piece, with a touch of ironic wit that never quite breaks out into open humor. What humor the book contains is at the expense of this love idol, the great Casanova, stumped at last in his most expert game. Casanova, in the grip of his mid-life crisis!
Wanting to change the course of his life, Casanova tries to re-define himself. Unfortunately, he unwittingly tries to find an ultimate love through which to redefine himself, and in so doing, he ends up in the same role he has played so very many times before. And is defeated by his own disillusionments. Once the master of the game of love, he finds himself cynically trying to buy the woman he wants. He cannot believe in love as he used to, and is unable to see that this is the very reason he cannot succeed.
The premise of this story is far tamer, and the pace and mood much steadier, than Ingenious Pain. It is less exciting; however it is no less thoughtful.
Frey
At the ripe old age of thirty-eight (?), already jaded and weary, Giacomo Casanova decides to "give it a rest" in England. However, he's soon lured back to his old way of life by the lovely, young Marie Charpillon. Marie, however, is no pushover for Casanova's charms and Casanova, himself, seems to have lost his touch. What follows could have been a hilarious farce of the highest order but it falls far short of the mark. The moments of hilarity are too few and too far between and Casanova's philosophical meanderings on the meaning of life and growing old just don't cut it. And, although the character of Casanova is sometimes brilliantly drawn, Marie, the object of Casanova's affections, has to be one of the weakest love interests in the history of literature. The book suffers from long boring stretches between the brilliant flashes of light. The premise, however, remains terrific, and had Miller been able to sustain the random hilarity, Casanova In Love would indeed have been a five star farce. Oh well, maybe next time.
Casanova download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Andrew Miller
ISBN: 0340682108
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Advance reading copy. edition (April 1999)
Pages: 320 pages