Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams--Book Review

A sensual, romantic exploration of the world's most famous lover is found within the pages of The Lost Diary of Don Juan, A Novel by Douglas Carlton Abrams.

Set during the Inquisition, Don Juan writes a diary of his greatest adventures and the Arts of Passion he has mastered. Growing up in a convent raised by nuns, young Juan Tenorio loves and worships all women, but a secret affair with one of the sisters forces him to leave the Church and his plans for the priesthood behind. Juan becomes a spy, as well as, the world's greatest libertine. But could falling in love with one woman make him forget all the others?

Fascination with the different portrayal of Don Juan and his exploits led me to request a review of this book. Abrams explores Don Juan's past and present through the pages of his diary and creates a more sympathetic picture of the world's most famous lover than history might. Abandoned by his mother, brought up in the convent and then forced to leave the only world he has ever known, Juan chooses a lifestyle that is a polar opposite. Sought by the Inquisitor for his scandoulous relationships, he is given protection from the Marquis--which is the only thing that has kept him off the rack. But it his falling in love that truly makes the story. Not only is it unexpected from a man famous for his numerous trists, the reader is able to witness the conflicts that arise for Don Juan as he tries to understand how it is even possible.

The strength of this book is definitely its characters. With Don Juan, the Marquis, Dona Ana, Cristobal--Don Juan's coachman, and many other characters, Abrams has created an engaging, seductive tale for romance and historical fiction fans.

Also included is a map of Don Juan's Sevilla dated 1593, questions and topics for discussion, tips to enhance your book clubs--like a throwing a Don Juan party, and an interview with the author.

No wonder The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams is a national bestseller.

Title: The Lost Diary of Don Juan
Author: Douglas Carlton Abrams
Publisher: Washington Square Press
ISBN-10: 1-4165-3250-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-3250-7
U.S. Price: $14.00

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