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Don Juan Paperback – September 13, 2013
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A good analogy, if not a comparison, is the film Don Juan DeMarco, starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. Although set in rather modern terms, and arguably a tribute to Byron's written work, the screen play fit the book with a bit of a gossamer, yet unseen shadow of sorts. This book is the key to winning the heart of a woman in a method that fell away like the true chivalry of the past.
Byron is witty, wicked, irreverent, and many of today's aspiring writers can be learn much from his style and the breadth of his concerns which entail everything from the mundane to the sublime, unlike e.g. a Milton. But as I said, the reader should treat this as he would when reading a work such as Dante's "Commedia." and familiarize himself with the allusions that he makes. The rhythm and scansion of the poem is so perfect that it can be said that Byron took this form and ended the Romantic tradition much the way Bonnarati took his metier and left no room for a successor.
If you are a reader who is obsessed with reading the whole book before going on to others, perhaps you should meet Childe Harold first. And as an added bonus and you need more convincing, read the review by "Rudie" of this work, the man really knows his stuff and it"s probably worth the first third of a college course on Byron.
This is a wonderful book that makes for great reading. Lord Byron's mastery of English, coupled with his permanent irony and that wit that makes you laugh so often, bringing you back to earth with a thud after you had enjoyed a passage that seemed so lyric...
One thing I did miss in this Kindle edition was that the stanzas were not numbered. But again, it's a good edition, and it's for free.
Nearly two centuries before the term "gonzo" had been introduced to describe Hunter S. Thompson's work, there is a gonzo current woven throughout the familiar Don Juan narrative in Byron's many narrative digressions. The satiric Dedication to then-Poet Laureate Robert Southey--damning him for his work's mediocrity and for selling out to flatter war-mongering tyrants--is still some juicy stuff. In that same Dedication, he also takes Wordsworth and Coleridge to task not only for selling out (Wordsworth even railed against the abolition of the slave trade!) but for the over-reach and incomprehensibility of their latest works. Re. Coleridge's metaphysics: "I wish he would explain his explanation." (Love that line!) Re. Wordsworth's Prelude, it's considered poetry when the dog star rages (i.e. Sirius, whose rising was said to induce madness in everybody).
Not all of Byron's digressions sound like he's on a bender and calling for hock and soda water, as one excised passage from Don Juan says.Read more ›
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Disliked this endless rambling story that I gave up on after the first canto.Published 14 days ago by Jack Gates
This type of reading is engrossing. Well-deserved classic status.Published 2 months ago by Dion Wright
An immortal literary Classic. Nothing short of a 5 Star can co justice to this great novel by Byron! Scintillating prose and poetry flows from every line
Yes, this book is no longer copyrighted. So someone decided to self publish it and sell it for $40? Why are all of the reviews about the story and not the specific edition of this... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Serge Heidegger
This mock epic shows Byron at his best: Wit, wisdom, cynicism, romanticism, mixed in Byron's unique and potent vintage drink. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by John J. Stachel