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Posted April 26, 2012
A dying theater in a declining town mounts an opera production to stay afloat. Don Juan in Hankey, PA is a colorful backstage adventure with a hilarious cast of characters. Something calamitous happens when the leading man (Don Juan/Don Giovanni) pulls out of his contract. Despite many complications, the opera guild recovers and mounts their production.
The book cover promises much and the book delivers. It is a wonderful mosaic of lust, jealousy, laughs, hifalutin egos, outrageous events and wounded hearts. The book is farcical, clever and witty. Although it centers around an eighteenth century opera, the modern-day characters use cellphones, Facebook, buy puppies online and take lithium. Because it is a Don Juan story, expect much bravado and a few sexual references.
For those who don’t know opera, the book is accessible and fun. For those who do, there’s an extra bonus. Puns on opera titles and happenings abound. If you need some light reading, I recommend this great romp.
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Posted October 7, 2012
I read it to the end. Still wondering what really happened in the first chapter. Other reviewers thought it was hysterical. I would not go that far. It was "cute"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2012
I was interested in reading "Don Juan..." because it was written by a local author and set in small town Pennsylvania. Before I started, I was worried that my lack of opera knowledge would hinder my enjoyment of the story line. Happy to say that I enjoyed the characters so much that the opera was simply a setting for their activities! A fun read... I laughed out loud more than once! Looking forward to Gale's next novel!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.