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The Lost Diary of Don Juan: An Account of the True Arts of Passion and the Perilous Adventure of Love

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Publisher Comments:

It was a time of discovery and decadence, when life became a gamble and the gold that poured endlessly into the port of Sevilla devalued money, marriage, and love itself. In the midst of these treacherous times, Juan Tenorio is born and then abandoned in the barn of a convent. Raised secretly by the nuns, he learns to love and worship all women and wants nothing more than to be a priest, until he falls in love with one of the sisters. When their affair is discovered, Juan leaves the Church forever. He is soon recruited to be a spy by the powerful Marquis de la Mota, who teaches him to become the world's greatest libertine and seducer of women. But when he crosses swords with the most powerful man in the Empire, Don Juan must escape the murderous fury of the Inquisitor who battles all forms of debauchery, deviance, and heresy.

It is after knowing countless women that he is convinced by the Marquis to keep a diary, and it is here within its pages that Don Juan reveals his greatest adventures and the Arts of Passion he mastered. But what finally compels him to confess everything and risk losing his life, livelihood, and honor is the most perilous adventure of all — the irresistible fall into the madness of love with the only woman who could ever make him forget all others.

Review:

"The famously insatiable lover is brought brilliantly to life in this lively, suspenseful debut novel by Abrams (coauthor of The Multi-Orgasmic Couple; The Multi-Orgasmic Man). Framed as Don Juan's long-guarded diary, the narrative picks up at a gallop and never relents, tracing Don Juan's orphaned upbringing at a convent and torturous monastery before he escapes and joins a band of thieves. He is soon introduced to the Marquis, who trains the then amateur Lothario to become equally adept at swordsmanship and seducing women. (Abrams's background in Taoist sexuality is evident in the latter's scenes.) Don Juan develops a reputation as 'some kind of demon,' but the Marquis, who is close to the king, protects Don Juan from the inquisitor general's plans to punish him. Nevertheless, Don Juan resists the Marquis's plea that he marry to save himself, claiming he has no interest in love — until he meets pistol-packing firebrand Doa Ana. Abrams renders his hero with sympathetic understanding, and his erotic exploits — though heavy on plumage ('I sipped the moist nectar of her mouth as she opened her petals to me') — round out Don Juan instead of providing one-handed reading material. The story unspools with the invigorating trajectory of a thriller and the emotional draw of historical romance." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Capturing the decadent and dangerous world of the Spanish Golden Age, this historical novel explores universal questions about the nature of love and desire — brought to life through Don Juan's secret childhood in a convent to his life as a libertine to his inescapable fall into the madness of love.

About the Author

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the co-author of a number of books on love, sexuality, and spirituality, including books with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar, and Taoist Master Mantak Chia. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Contents

Editor's Note

Rumors and Lies

A Flicker of Passion

The Desire of a Woman

No One Will Ever Know

Not Every Man with a Mask Is a Burglar

The Love of His Angels

A Vision of God

This I Cannot Do at Any Price

Like Salt into the Land

A Man Is Not Just What He Is Born

The Education of a Libertine

Gold in the Veins of Sevilla

The Slave Market

Taberna del Pirata

Secrets Never Stay Buried

A Thousand Nights with a Stranger

Corpus Christi

The Bullfight

Sins of the Flesh

The Deadliest Sin

Alma's Intuition

The Masquerade Party

Duchess Cristina's Invitation

The Truth

Knowledge That Could Lead to Our Ruin

Alma's Return

A New World

A Moth to a Flame

A Tour of Heaven

A Child of Deception and Cruelty

The Wager of Love

The Secret of Marriage

Safe Passage

Alma's Temptation

In the Name of the Holy Inquisition

Confession at the Alcázar

Dueling on the Rooftops of Sevilla

Doña Ana's Bedchamber

A Farewell

The Last Night: A Final Entry

Glossary and Notes

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416532507
Subtitle:
An Account of the True Arts of Passion and the Perilous Adventure of Love
Author:
Abrams, Douglas Carlton
Author:
Abrams, Douglas C.
Author:
Abrams, Doug
Publisher:
Atria
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Seduction
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 1, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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Product details 320 pages Atria Books - English 9781416532507 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The famously insatiable lover is brought brilliantly to life in this lively, suspenseful debut novel by Abrams (coauthor of The Multi-Orgasmic Couple; The Multi-Orgasmic Man). Framed as Don Juan's long-guarded diary, the narrative picks up at a gallop and never relents, tracing Don Juan's orphaned upbringing at a convent and torturous monastery before he escapes and joins a band of thieves. He is soon introduced to the Marquis, who trains the then amateur Lothario to become equally adept at swordsmanship and seducing women. (Abrams's background in Taoist sexuality is evident in the latter's scenes.) Don Juan develops a reputation as 'some kind of demon,' but the Marquis, who is close to the king, protects Don Juan from the inquisitor general's plans to punish him. Nevertheless, Don Juan resists the Marquis's plea that he marry to save himself, claiming he has no interest in love — until he meets pistol-packing firebrand Doa Ana. Abrams renders his hero with sympathetic understanding, and his erotic exploits — though heavy on plumage ('I sipped the moist nectar of her mouth as she opened her petals to me') — round out Don Juan instead of providing one-handed reading material. The story unspools with the invigorating trajectory of a thriller and the emotional draw of historical romance." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Capturing the decadent and dangerous world of the Spanish Golden Age, this historical novel explores universal questions about the nature of love and desire — brought to life through Don Juan's secret childhood in a convent to his life as a libertine to his inescapable fall into the madness of love.
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