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The Story of my Escape: from the prisons of the Republic of Venice otherwise known as "The Leads" by [Casanova, Giacomo]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4130 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0QI332
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2014
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I find myself wondering how to review a book which is a translation. The story itself is all the work of Casanova himself, whereas the translation is what has enabled me to read it. The tale is an unusual one, of the incarceration of a man known better for the exploits of his later life. He is thrown into a prison in the company of some bizarre fellow prisoners and wardens. It's the story of the ingenuity he used to effect an escape... eventually!

I found the old style of the language a little difficult to get to grips with. The sentences were, to my modern ear, over long and complex, but this was the style at the time. The translator has enabled this to be accessible today and it's certainly a good read.
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This story concerns Casanova's incarceration in, and escape from. the Leads prison in Venice. I was not sure what to expect, but found that I couldn't put it down! Without wishing to put any 'spoilers' in this review, the escape story is funny and far-fetched. There are bone-headed prison warders, letters written with sharpened fingernails, a speedy getaway in a gondola with two punters and a hair-raising moment where it almost went horribly wrong for Casanova.

The translation has been sensitively done, with the result that the story flows really well.
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I absolutely loved this book! I found it difficult to start with, but I couldn't put it down afterwards!
I wouldn't have known it had been translated from French had I not been told!
It's almost painful at times and yet full of joy, danger and excitement at others...
I found myself imagining various scenarios where I was part of this adventure, as well:)
I cannot help but wonder: what next?
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I enjoyed this more than I expected to, I am not generally a particular fan of non-modern literature but this was more than worth the read.
Casanova is no Papillion and his torments are that of a somewhat spoiled libertine but it was a fascinating account of his escape, his time and the psychology of the man himself and good to have it translated into a language I can actually read.
And thankyou to the translator for the thankyou in the back :) You're welcome. You still owe me some pints.
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Very good story and an excellent translation into a modern read.
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