Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I write in the naked pages of this diary so that the truth will be known and my fate will not be left to the rumours and lies already whispering through the streets of Sevilla. Many, I am sure, will try to turn my life into a morality play after I am dead, but no man’s life is so easily understood or dismissed.
– page 1, The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
An editor receives a manuscript purporting to be the lost diary of history’s greatest lover, Don Juan. An orphan left on the steps of a convent, Don Juan grew up within the church but his ambitions towards the priesthood fell to the wayside when he was seduced by a young nun. Evicted from the convent, he was taken under the wing of the libertine Don Pedro, the Marquis of Mota, who coached him in skills both courtly and amorous and then employed him as a spy at court. So began a life devoted to giving and receiving pleasure. But Abrams’ Don Juan is no playboy; instead Don Juan’s mastery of the arts of passion liberates the women he beds. Through his connections with Don Pedro, he is made an ‘hidalgo’, an honorary nobleman, and is therefore protected from the wrath of the Inquisition by the King, but his position is precarious. Then Don Juan embarks on the most perilous adventure of all – he falls in love, and finds that not only his reputation but also his life is in danger.
What I think of it so far:
This is another £1 bargain from the pound shop – double the bargain because it’s a hardback book! I picked it up simply because I thought the cover looked elegant and I’m pleased to report that the writing reflects that elegance. It has a little titillation, but nothing graphic or sordid, and it’s rather a joy to read. I’m almost half way through and am enjoying it immensely.
I chose to share the opening paragraph of the story, as told by Don Juan himself, as it serves as such an eloquent introduction to the famous (or infamous seducer of women…