Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guest Post: Douglas Carlton Abrams & Giveaway

About a month ago, I read THE LOST DIARY OF DON JUAN by Douglas Carlton Abrams. I knew little, if anything, about Don Juan; however, I really enjoyed how the author chose to portray him -- you can read my review here. I am so grateful that Mr. Carlton Abrams is joining me today at Booking Mama with this great guest post. You will get some insight into another side of Don Juan -- the one who appears in the pages of THE LOST DIARY OF DON JUAN.

Was Don Juan truly nothing more than a rapist and a villain? You would certainly think so, judging by how he has been portrayed over the centuries.

From his inception, Don Juan has been depicted as a libidinous scoundrel, capable of rape, misogyny, and even murder. When Tirso de Molina first created the character of Don Juan in the early seventeenth century, he did so as a warning against the dangers of rampant male sexuality and the galanteadores, who were seducing the women of the time. Later, in Mozart and Da Ponte's opera Don Giovanni, Don Juan rapes a woman and kills her father almost before the curtain even rises.

But would Don Juan have been capable of feeling and doing much more? Male desire can be villainous and overpowering, but it is also multi-dimensional, ranging anywhere from heroic passion to caring tenderness. Any man long rumored to be the world's greatest lover would certainly have understood these subtler aspects of desire, as well as the unspoken needs of the women he loved.

It is this side of Don Juan's story that motivated me to write The Lost Diary of Don Juan. I wanted to explore the true nature of love and passion by creating a more complex Don Juan than the one we usually meet. His previous incarnations in plays, novels, and films have only allowed us to see the man from a distance, and we have judged him accordingly. Reading about his life in the form of an historical diary set in Golden Age Sevilla lets us go further into the body, mind, and heart of the man himself. What we find there is far more than an indifferent playboy, but rather a man for whom romance was elevated into an art form, a Casanova with a calling.

This is a Don Juan worthy of far more than mere lust and villainy, a man capable of forming deep and complex relationships with women. This 16th century Don Juan is worth recovering for the 21st century, if only to provide balance in a culture that all too often forgets the true complexity and mystery of desire.


I am very excited to have a copy of THE LOST DIARY OF DON JUAN to share with one of you! Please leave a comment with your e-mail address after this post. If you want to double your chances, blog about this post with a link back here. The contest is open until Friday, October 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will announce the winner the following day. Unfortunately, this contest is only open to those of you with U.S. and Canada mailing addresses. Good luck!

132 comments:

planetbooks said...

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Thanks!

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Ti said...

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Mom of 5 Boys said...

And my name in the hat too, please.

Serena said...

This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I also reviewed it here: http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/09/lost-diary-of-don-juan-found.html

traveler said...

What a great giveaway. Thanks for this chance.
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Amanda said...

Thanks for the chance to win this. I've been hearing about it and am very curious. Great interview!

Dar said...

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Alyce said...

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Bridget said...

I've posted this at Win A Book. No need to enter the contest, though. Thanks!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

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Ramya said...

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I blogged about it here:
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BoxingKing said...

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Carol said...

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Amanda said...

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Reeva said...

thanks for a wonderful giveaway. i hope i'm the lucky winner :)

blueviolet said...

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

Back again...wanted to let you know that I just blogged about this as well:

http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2008/10/win-it-wednesday_15.html


-Lauren

Linda said...

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Karlie said...

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Alyce said...

I blogged about it here:

http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/weekly-giveaway-roundup_16.html

Baba said...

I love reading about Don Juan. I would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance. I really like Jonny Depp's version of Don Juan.

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Red lady-Bonnie said...

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keith said...

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zoe hunter said...

Looks like a fab book...I love any Diary books..especially Samuel Pepys..thanks for the contest.

judybrittle said...

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valerie2350 said...

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Denise Maciel said...

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David Bertolo said...

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Robert Doscher said...

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toughturtles said...

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ewalsh said...

It sounds fascinating and I would love to read it. Thank you!

idahomom said...

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agordon10 said...

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sweetsue said...

I don't know anything about Don Juan either, but I would love to read about him!

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Nicole said...

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Tammy said...

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I've also blogged about it here.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I love books and I would love to win this-thanks!

dwhogan said...

Good luck to all

gibson777 said...

Thanks

Deborah said...

Your review and Abrams' interview has really made me interested in "The Lost Diary of Don Juan." Thanks for hosting the giveaway. asthenight[at]gmail[dot]com

ariyana9501 said...

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K. Cleaver said...

Thanks for including me too!

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Christina said...

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DePro said...

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Kasey P said...

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mverno said...

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chromiumman said...

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Candie said...

Wow. The introduction caught my attention. I definately want to read more

Anita G said...

I love books from this time period. Would love to read this.

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tatertot374 said...

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ddurance said...

I would be interested in readin this to see the "other" side of Don Juan. LOL

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Tiggerriffic said...

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reddon30 said...

Great prize...thank you.

Bebe said...

Hi Julie!
This looks like it would be a fun read for a cool fall afternoon! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks bunches!!
Hugs, Bebe :)

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Anne said...

Please and thank you!

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Erica G said...

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Jinxy and Me said...

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kaylee8 said...

As a History teacher, this one would be a good one for me to read!

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Angela said...

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mgster said...

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lunadelmar said...

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RE said...

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Heather said...

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Anonymous said...

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Miss Heidi said...

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Tammy said...

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Anonymous said...

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bndraldy said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Thank you so much for an opportunity to win!

Swtlilchick said...

I would love to read Douglas
novel on Don Juan.I have read other
books about him and would love to see this side of the man.Thanks for the giveaway

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Anna said...

I know I'm too late for the contest (still catching up in Google Reader) but I wanted to say I enjoyed this guest post. Thanks!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric