Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Casanova was considered a moron until his 8th year, during which, as he described it, "the organ of [his] memory developed." Shortly thereafter, he became a doctor of law in Venice, and a most entertaining rogue, intellectual, and libertine. Obviously other organs developed in the meantime, and Casanova puts them to good use. He once used them to "cure" a woman of her fear of lightning in a moving carriage, for example, and several sets of sisters, maidservants, and noble women fall pray to this "gifted swordsman."

This is a great book, and I am eager to continue on to all subsequent volumes.

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