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His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising. I was absolutely captivated by it ... I wish I'd written it (Hilary Mantel)

Another sparkling and lavishly detailed tale ... Miller is an extraordinarily confident writer of historical fiction (The Times)

A full-bodied yet razor-sharp novel (The Spectator)

I was thoroughly amused, stimulated, entertained and instructed by the whole book ... I don't think I've read anything which has brought 18th-century London so powerfully to life ... brilliantly acute (Jonathan Coe)

Exquisite ... Miller's elegant prose is laced with luxurious imagery and wry humour (Daily Telegraph)

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Giacomo Casanova arrives in England in the summer of 1763 at the age of thirty-eight, seeking a respite from his restless travels and liaisons. But the lure of company proves too hard to resist and the dazzlingly pretty face of young Marie Charpillon even harder. Casanova's pursuit of this elusive bewitcher drives him from exhilaration to despair and to attempt to reinvent himself in the roles of labourer, writer and country squire. Based on a little-known episode in Casanova's life, this is a scintillating, poignant, often comic portrait of a far more complex figure than legend suggests and of the decadent society in which he operated. Beautifully written, gripping and surprising, Casanova is a superb successor to INGENIOUS PAIN.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 CASANOVA, THE BUMBLER 12 mars 2000
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At the ripe old age of thirty-eight (?), already jaded and weary, Giacomo Casanova decides to "give it a rest" in England. However, he's soon lured back to his old way of life by the lovely, young Marie Charpillon. Marie, however, is no pushover for Casanova's charms and Casanova, himself, seems to have lost his touch. What follows could have been a hilarious farce of the highest order but it falls far short of the mark. The moments of hilarity are too few and too far between and Casanova's philosophical meanderings on the meaning of life and growing old just don't cut it. And, although the character of Casanova is sometimes brilliantly drawn, Marie, the object of Casanova's affections, has to be one of the weakest love interests in the history of literature. The book suffers from long boring stretches between the brilliant flashes of light. The premise, however, remains terrific, and had Miller been able to sustain the random hilarity, Casanova In Love would indeed have been a five star farce. Oh well, maybe next time.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Marie is disappointing 29 avril 1999
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Andrew Miller writes in fancy English; de Seingalt (Casanova) is a charming man, and the reader does want to know him more. His past is described with great mistery and not so great details; and that provokes the reader to respect de Seingalt more for his past than for his present...one would expect a lot more from the famous seducer than simply buying his way into the young woman's bedroom. The female character Marie Charpillon is a really weak character; hew aunts are a more interesting bunch. The book is still worth reading, the streets and atmosphere of London present some interest, especially when the man who seduced his way into history lingers them with his charming loyal servant Jarba.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't fall in love 12 octobre 1999
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Miller seems to be a man of great elegance, but somewhere along the way the plot got forgotten. Whereas his first novel, Ingenious Pain, was an original and surprising "bibliography" of a man that never was, this portrait of a real historical character seems to be more shallow and not very inspiring. Three stars for Miller's brilliant style; this time, the substance doesn't satisfy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The masochistic gamble of unwanted love 15 avril 2002
Par Matthew Hovious - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
In addition to being a gifted writer, Andrew Miller is an extraordinarily skilled observer of human nature. I found "Casanova in Love" to be a keenly insightful look at human vulnerability in the face of two overpowering forces: age and love.
"Casanova in Love" is not by any means a biography of the great seducer: rather, through Casanova Miller explores the darker side of relationships. It is 1763, and a jaded 38-year-old Casanova finds himself in London, wealthy, notorious, yet restless. He feels something is amiss with his life, or rather, that the life he has created for himself is no longer enough to satisfy him: "[E]ach day another pig-white hair to pluck from nose or eyebrow, and in [his heart] the knowledge that the vertex had already passed, that there was nothing now but twenty, thirty more years of being Casanova: a tedious, more grudging re-enactment of the done."
Already weakened by creeping self-doubt, the hunter becomes the hunted. Beautiful 17-year-old courtesan Marie Charpillon seems a veritable fountain of youth. For the rest of the book, in richly worded vignettes, some hilarious, some embarassing, Casanova's behavior is a catalog of the pathetic. He exemplifies the temporary blindness of those who try too hard to make someone else love them. After all, Charpillon herself had stated her goal as "making him fall in love with me, and then torturing him." Yet the mere sight of her deafens him to these words, and there seems to be no indignity he will not endure, always in the hope that this time, this one, will be rewarded with love in return.
There is no love in this story, of course. Not in her abuse of him, nor in his obsession with her. Yet compared to her calculated humiliation of him, Casanova's obsession seems at least the forgivable honest mistake of a man trying clumsily to do what he believes is right, in this case, to love. Gambling is a recurring theme in the book, a reminder of the high stakes and the chances we take when we let our defenses down to someone else. A simplistic writer's approach to this book would have been to portray Casanova's torment as his just desserts for the way he'd treated other women. Miller rises above this inadequate theme. Casanova's tale is a parable for a million other relationships. It is a beautifully written warning against trying too hard to be loved, a brutal cautionary look at how we expose ourselves to being used if we open ourselves up to the wrong person.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sardonic and sad. 13 mars 2000
Par Margaret Fiore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Miller's second book is similar to his first in that again he deals with large themes: the nature of life and death, happiness, and the human experience. And again, Miller's prose is lyrical and sensuously descriptive. But there the resemblance ends.
Casanova In Love is a melancholy and contemplative piece, with a touch of ironic wit that never quite breaks out into open humor. What humor the book contains is at the expense of this love idol, the great Casanova, stumped at last in his most expert game. Casanova, in the grip of his mid-life crisis!
Wanting to change the course of his life, Casanova tries to re-define himself. Unfortunately, he unwittingly tries to find an ultimate love through which to redefine himself, and in so doing, he ends up in the same role he has played so very many times before. And is defeated by his own disillusionments. Once the master of the game of love, he finds himself cynically trying to buy the woman he wants. He cannot believe in love as he used to, and is unable to see that this is the very reason he cannot succeed.
The premise of this story is far tamer, and the pace and mood much steadier, than Ingenious Pain. It is less exciting; however it is no less thoughtful.
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