[Casanova’s] memoir teems with fantastic characters and incidents, most of which historians have been able to verify. Apart from the more than 120 notorious love affairs with countesses, milkmaids and nuns, which take up about a third of the book, the memoir includes escapes, duels, swindles, stagecoach journeys, arrests and meetings with royals, gamblers and mountebanks. “It’s the West’s Thousand and One Nights,” declared Madame Prévost.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Casanova was a cad
But a far more learned and interesting one than contemporary specimens (compare and contrast with Bill Clinton and John Edwards).