Current Giveaway: “Violet in Private” by Melissa Walker- ends 10/31/08
Title: “The Lost Diary of Don Juan”
Author: Douglas Carlton Abrams
Number of Pages: 336
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Date of Publication: (Reprint) July 1, 2008
3 stars: Okay, but not my thing
“I looked at her smiling face, and her black hair, disheveled by our earlier desire. Her clear brown eyes reflected the flames of the candles that encircled the altar of her bed. How could I refuse her?”
(The Lost Diary of Don Juan pg 3)
“The Lost Diary of Don Juan” by Douglas Carlton Abrams is the story of Don Juan, a man raised by nuns who has to flee after having an affair with one of them. He’s guided by a Marquis who teaches him ‘swordplay and seduction’. Don Juan is essentially a libertine or a Casanova- a lover of all women. The story is a bit predictable, in that of course he will eventually fall in love (real love) with one woman.
It’s meant to be a diary, although there are very few moments when you will be able to tell. Each entry is certainly not started, “Dear Diary.” There’s plenty of dialogue along with the action, so really it just seems to be a story told in the past tense.
I couldn’t help but think, as I read, that certain parts of the book simply made me think of Zorro. Specifically the Marquis guiding Don Juan- it just made me picture (the somewhat-recent movie verion of) Anthony Hopkins molding Antonio Banderas into the new Zorro! I also found little love for the womanizing Don Juan. Despite the author’s goal to display Don Juan’s ‘love’ of all women, all I could see was Don Juan’s ‘lust’ for all women.
Those who enjoy Spanish historical fiction may enjoy this story, or perhaps those who enjoy romance. I couldn’t really get into it though which is why it’s only getting three stars from me. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, you’re in luck. I’m giving away a copy to one commenter. Simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite historical fiction or romance book and author. For another entry, blog about this contest and tell me about it. The winner will be picked randomly October 31rst (the same day my current giveaway ends). And as usual this contest is open to anyone.
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