Benedetto Casanova: The Memoirs

Benedetto Casanova The Memoirs WINNER OF THE RAINBOW LITERARY AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION No doubt you have heard of Casanova the famous womanizer and maybe you have seen the movie or read the account of his life But did y

  • Title: Benedetto Casanova: The Memoirs
  • Author: Marten Weber
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  • Page: 296
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • WINNER OF THE 2011 RAINBOW LITERARY AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION No doubt you have heard of Casanova, the famous womanizer, and maybe you have seen the movie, or read the account of his life But did you know he may have had a gay brother Benedetto, a few years Giacomo s junior, was pressed into service of the Church to follow the famous lover of women through the courtsWINNER OF THE 2011 RAINBOW LITERARY AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION No doubt you have heard of Casanova, the famous womanizer, and maybe you have seen the movie, or read the account of his life But did you know he may have had a gay brother Benedetto, a few years Giacomo s junior, was pressed into service of the Church to follow the famous lover of women through the courts of Europe On the way he had amorous adventures with countless men, but, unlike his brother, fell in love and kept alive a romantic relationship with a strapping German soldier over time and distance His memoirs were discovered only in 1881, when an English traveler rummaging through a private library in Rome found them glued to the pages of a book They were written in Italian and have never before been published in English Marten Weber delivers a wonderful translation of this challenging text, full of linguistic cunning and his usual talent for breathtaking eroticism.

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    • Charly says:

      Funny and charming and delightfully frank on the topic of love between menWarning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS. Rating: 10/10PROS: - Weber is an incredible writer. He has a wonderful command of the English language: his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle’s dictionary function fairly regularly.- I often found the narrator’s comments hilariously funny. Benedetto is, quite simply, adorab [...]

    • Marq says:

      This was my introduction to Marten Weber but be assured that it will not be the only book I read, written by him. So glad I read Benedetto. He will remain in my memory for the remainder of my days. Give it a go. You won't be sorry.

    • Elisa Rolle says:

      2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

    • Christine says:

      Wonderful Review by Charly Anchor: Rating: 10/10PROS:- Weber is an incredible writer. He has a wonderful command of the English language: his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle's dictionary function fairly regularly.- I often found the narrator's comments hilariously funny. Benedetto is, quite simply, adorable. Loving and kind-hearted and naïve without being annoying, not to mention wholeheartedly devoted to the man he [...]

    • Scott says:

      I thought I was simply reading a fun, trashy, campy romance novel, but it ended up being an enjoyable work of historical fiction that was well rehearsed and filled with a wide array of delightful characters, many actual historical figures.

    • Cryselle says:

      The set-up of this novel mirrors historical memoirs after the scholars have had a chance to translate, annotate, and comment. The ruse is extremely well done: the book could easily be mistaken for a real memoir, complete with forwards and translator’s notes, and little breaks in the text where “a fragment of a page” has been lost. The style is chatty and a bit rambling – Benedetto more or less follows the course of his life, stopping to make pithy observations of the human condition, the [...]

    • Steve says:

      I got this book in a giveaway on , and I could not actually finish the book. I don't think this is a "bad" book, if such a thing exists, but it contained some things that annoy me. Most of all, I feel this book overuses sex. Every now and then, the book will depict a sex scene that lasts about three-fourths of a page. The sex is quickly over, and topic changes drastically. There's little examination of the sex itself, or sex as a state of being. It feels as if the sex is described, and then igno [...]

    • Todd Garrison says:

      On the positive side, the writing is good, and the premise an interesting one: this is the (fictive) memoir of Giacomo Casanova's gay younger brother Benedetto. At times it gathers enough momentum to be a page turner. But something was just a bit off about this book for me. I found it strongest in the first part, when the hero is living in Bologna, and finding his path in life. Though the story is essentially a picaresque, it doesn't seem to end up going anywhere. Benedetto is supposedly acting [...]

    • Philip Chen says:

      Marten Weber is the most exciting new voice in gay fiction. His novel "Shayno" should win a price and be on the New York Bestseller list!His Benedetto is more fun and entertaining, but also believable and incredibly well written. Historical accurate without being too old-fashioned in style, it made me fall in love with the main character Benedetto, a young Italian, brother of the real Casanova, who follows his brother around Europe. The parallels to Casanova's memoirs are obvious, and the book c [...]

    • Joe Scholes says:

      OK, the premise of Casanova having a gay brother caught my interest, even though this one borders on erotica. It is suggested that the author is merely the translator of a manuscript recently discovered. There's even a "Note from the translator" section at the front where the author tries to explain the differences in his use of language, shifting between a style appropriate to the time period and more contemporary English.However, I simply could not keep focused on the timeframe in which this " [...]

    • Elfscribe says:

      The premise for this story is that Casanova, the notorious womanizer, had a gay brother, who had an equally notorious history of affairs. The main character is delightful,unburdened by any guilt about his proclivities, and makes witty, often hilarious comments about people and situations of his time, for example, his rather dry observation that there is such a thing as being too large. The author clearly has done his research and the period details of the story feel historically authentic, altho [...]

    • Michael says:

      So well written (including the occasional archaic or not commonly used word) that I felt I might truly be reading the long lost memoir of Benedetto Casanova, Giacomo’s lesser known gay brother. Weber accurately portrays 18th century Europe and Benedetto’s observations are hilariously funny and often very cynical. I thoroughly enjoyed the brief forays into politics, philosophy, and religion.

    • Willem Bakkes says:

      A worthwile read. Very entertaining.

    • Debra says:

      I have not read the book yet,so i cannot comment on it.

    • Stephen says:

      Interesting, but not captivating.

    • Rob says:

      It is not easy to find literate gay lit. This apparently is. I will try it.

    • Greg says:

      Very fun, silly, and erotic tale! This book should be taken with a grain of salt, and alone in the bedroom! Thoroughly enjoyable!

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