In his memoirs Casanova tells of being invited to the country estate of Pasiano as a sixteen-year-old and falling hopelessly in love with the breathtaking Lucia, two years his junior. When Casanova returns to the Italian manor, Lucia has disappeared, supposedly because she has become pregnant by a messenger and has run away with him. Casanova is consumed by regret at not acting when he had the chance. Years later, on a visit to Amsterdam, in , travelling under his nom de plume Chevalier de Seingalt, he sees her again, in a brothel. Lucia had been unwilling to provoke his pity or compromise his reputation and position by holding him to his promise. She felt she had had no choice but to flee and earn her living as a prostitute, hidden behind a veil that she never removes and an alias Galathea de Pompignac.
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Japin The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi offers an intriguing story about love, deceit, betrayal, identity, and self-sacrifice.
Presented from Lucia's perspective, the story rests on one detail from Casanova's Histoire de ma vie but makes good use of its larger context. Critics agree that Japin's rich historical material, including Lucia's involvement in the era's intellectual, artistic, and philosophical currents, makes the 18th century come alive. They disagree, however, about Lucia: Is she a fl.
They disagree, however, about Lucia: Is she a flesh-and-blood woman or cardboard cutout? In pitting reason against emotion, Japin also creates a heavy-handed morality play. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Een schitterend gebrek by Arthur Japin. Een schitterend gebrek by Arthur Japin. In zijn memoires vermeldt Casanova terloops dat Lucia een van de weinige vrouwen is die hij ooit onrecht heeft aangedaan. Maar hoe?
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I took with skepticism a book of Casanova's first love Lucia, thinking that it would be easy or foolish read. But I was pleasantly surprised This is a moving novel about enduring love, mystique, self-sacrifice, deception, heartbreak, humiliation, about woman who struggle between emotion and reason, sense and instinct, story of innocence and experience.
Presented from Lucia's perspective as a legacy to her unborn child, to know what a woman is capable of to survive in the cruel world and to sac I took with skepticism a book of Casanova's first love Lucia, thinking that it would be easy or foolish read. Presented from Lucia's perspective as a legacy to her unborn child, to know what a woman is capable of to survive in the cruel world and to sacrifice herself so she can save the man she loves not to marry her for obligation or pity because of her horrible disfigurement caused by smallpox, or even worse - to disgust her.
Very well written! Some quotes that I liked: "Other carry a sorrow in their heart. Unseen it hollows them out from within. My salvation was that I wear my sorrow on the outside, where no one can miss it. I have lowered a curtain before it. Through that haze of lace and silk it looks so much softer. Truth is more than the things you see; that is why its value is only relative The only thing that can change reality is the mind.
But if you let them know that you tolerate them, you suggest in the same breath that they are actually an inconvenience, like a nagging pain or an unpleasant odour you are willing to disregard. The paper doesn't just muffle sound but stills the roar of my thoughts View all 5 comments.
Like all great books, In Lucia's Eyes shares a moral lesson. But more than that, Arthur Japin has crafted a protagonist that seeks to answer a poignant question: do we yield to our emotions, or allow reason to be the driving force behind our decisions?
In matters of love, Lucia chose the latter, convinced that the high road, the one she thought spared her lover the most pain, was the right decision to make. For this reader, "In Lucia's Eyes" is much more than a love story minus the typical "happily ever after" ending. The motivation for the protagonist's actions happens to be the results of an illness she cannot control, one that ravishes her body and permanently damages her face.
The veil she wears, and its connection to the author's choice of title has metaphorical significance that speaks to the heart of the story. Lucia tries to be objective, to make her decisions via a devotion to reason and logic. In the end, she realizes the only true way to live is to find the right balance between the heart, and the mind. Another concept that resonated with me was Lucia's take on love; what it is, and what it is not.
One of Lucia's most poignant revelations is "We are unhappy because we think that love is something we require from someone else We must give away the thing we most long for. Japin's novel did not end the way I thought it would. I figured Lucia and Giacomo would be reunited, that he would look past her disfigurement and love the woman she had become.
Instead, what I discovered was that Lucia, in her own heart, had begun to accept the woman she had become, and that the veil she wore became her saving grace. She learned to make peace with the decisions she'd made, and discovered a strength inside herself more powerful than the love between man and woman could ever be. In her own words, she is resigned to accept what she has lost, and move forward I have no choice but to forget it.
The future is not different from the past in this respect; there is nothing to be done about it but to be on our way". The author channels Lucia's voice with acute precision. Incredible how applicable fiction can be to the reality of our own lives.
Jan 02, Marc rated it did not like it Shelves: dutch-literature , 18th-century. This book seems to give a brilliant portrait of the 18th century, revolving round the intriguing character of Casanova. In addition, there's a tragic romantic story which results in some nice encounters and dialogues, and is related to all kinds of philosophical reflections. What more could one want? Answer: some consistency and credibility. Because that is really missing in this novel.
Main character Lucia is drifting along regions and social backgrounds, sells all sorts of wise considerations, regularly changes her opinions on life and love, and then makes the most improbable of choices. Japin has kind of made a mess of this story. Japin still has a long way to go before he can equal this level. View all 6 comments. Based on a true story, this book tells us about Lucia, the woman who did Giacomo Casanova wrong, or so he believes.
Throughout the book, you'll find out what Lucia's real story is - one that differs from what Giacomo has always believed. As someone who doesn't usually like historical novels, it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it - mainly the first part of the book. I liked how the plot didn't come too soon, and I also liked how a big part of the book takes place in Italy. I liked to figure out only after a while that Giacomo was the Frenchman we read about in the very beginning, without having guessed it any sooner.
Though I got that the second part revealed a lot more of Lucia's life than the first part, I preferred the first over the second. Also, I didn't like how Lucia insisted on not revealing the true story, but I guess it actually went that way in real life. I did like how turns out Lucia writes the story to her child.
I'd surely recommend it to anyone who's up for a mix of mystery, history and the raw side of love and life.
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In zijn memoires vermeldt Casanova terloops dat Lucia een van de weinige vrouwen is die hij ooit onrecht heeft aangedaan. Maar hoe? Wat is er werkelijk gebeurd? Waarom deed Lucia afstand van haar geluk? Een schitterend gebrek is haar verhaal, het verslag van een uitzonderlijk leven.
Een schitterend gebrek
In Lucia’s Eyes