The Lost Diary of Don Juan: A Novel

The Lost Diary of Don Juan: A Novel

by Douglas Carlton Abrams
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The Lost Diary of Don Juan is the story of the title character. Douglas Carlton Abrams paints a picture of a daring man that comes from humble beginnings and achieves nobility. Abrams incorporates ancient Tantric teachings in his book. Nuns adopted Young Don Juan. His first sexual experience was with a novice. The book continues to share the account of his indiscretions with women and adventures as a spy. Don Juan searches for the passion of one true love as he makes love to as many women as possible (but only once each.) His desire for true love conflicts with his determination to never make love to a woman more than once. The Lost Diary of Don Juan was very interesting. I knew little about the fictional character, Don Juan, before reading this book. The women in this book knew they were adored. Erotic, entertaining, romantic are all apt descriptions of this book. The setting is the 1500s Spain during the time of the Inquisition. Men could learn a lot about wooing a woman from this book. The passionate but delicately written love scenes will tantalize women. Rush out and purchase your copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oug Abrams has delivered an amazing, fast-paced adventure filled with passion, intrigue, and humanity. This book is truly a page-turner, brilliantly crafted and researched, yet tightly written. For those suspicious of historical settings which sometimes provide too much detail for the impatient reader, fear not! This story moves along really nicely in the first hundred pages, and the next two hundred will find you torn between racing to find out what happens next and savoring every delicious detail. Speaking of delicious detail, the scenes depicting Don Juan's 'conquests' were beautifully, tastefully, and respectfully written. At the same time, anyone of the male persuasion seeking to expand his repertoire with respect to wooing the fairer sex could do worse than to peruse Don Juan's diary as a great 'how-to' manual on romance, love, and, of course, seduction! The writing reflects a deep understanding of women and a beautiful philosophy reconciling the age-old questions about passion versus love, ironically providing a recipe for both. This book brings to life the rich splendor and the harshness of life during 16th century Spain. As Don Juan races through the streets, over the rooftops, and in and out bedroom windows of Seville, the reader is immersed in a powerful drama ripe with fascinating 'yet never overpowering or depressing' details of life in another time. These pages provide a ringside seat to the terrors of the Inquisition, the promises of gambling on riches from new worlds, the privileges and oppression coexisting in a rigid class structure, the tastes and smells of glorious banquets and celebrations, and, of course, the joys of great passion and seduction. Lastly, Abrams' Don Juan is anything but the cardboard stereotype we have come to associate with this character in modern thinking. Don Juan Tenorio's story is filled with humanity. One cannot help but fall in love with Don Juan and admire his journey from orphan to noble and his loyalty to the friends of his early days. We root for our hero as he grapples with ethical, moral, and social questions, and we cheer him on as he displays touching, charming, and dangerous examples of chivalry, generosity, and friendship. Buy this book and plan an amazing weekend getaway in the comfort of your couch! Ladies, buy copies for all the men in your lives who might appreciate some insights into the fairer sex, then buy copies for all your girlfriends so you can TALK ABOUT the details! Gentlemen, buy copies for all for your friends 'bachelors and otherwise'! The wisdom and romance in these pages will spice up and deepen any relationship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Don Juan to be thoroughly engaging, suspenseful and fun! The elements of romance, adventure and humor are wonderfully woven together throughout the book. The characters are interesting and provide many insights into the soul of Don Juan. The concept of the diary and how it is developed contributed beautifully to a very dynamic plot. It is one of those books you can¿t put down because you build a relationship with the main character and you become intrigued with where the story is headed. Overall a fantastic book that I know I will reread. I highly recommend it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seville, he was named Juan Tenorio, but his mother abandons him near a monastery. Nuns secretly raise and torture the child even as they train him to cherish and worship women. He eventually runs away from the nasty environs to become an outlaw. Eventually he meets the Marquis de la Mota, who teaches him to be a master spy, a master swordsman, and a master lover. He is so adept at the latter some consider him to be a demon. Hearing word of the legend of lovemaking, the inquisitor general investigates Don, who refuses to wed even at the coaxing of his mentor as a means of saving his life. That is until he encounters the fiery warrior woman Dona Ana. --- Using the device of finding Don Juan's diary to tell his story works brilliantly in Douglas Abrams¿ superior historical fictional memoir of the renowned lover from his perspective. By writing the saga through the journal, Don Juan becomes more than a one head joke as the audience sees a full blooded person with wants and desires that are not only in the boudoir. Interestingly when Don Juan describes a conquest (and not just with women), he waxes poetic like a romance writer. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced account of the world¿s greatest lover as he plunges into one escapade (and woman) after another. --- Harriet Klausner