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  1. says:

    This was my introduction to Marten Weber but be assured that it will not be the only book I read, written by him So glad I read Benedetto He will remain in my memory for the remainder of my days Give it a go You won t be sorry.


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    Funny and charming and delightfully frank on the topic of love between menWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 10 10PROS Weber is an incredible writer He has a wonderful command of the English language his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle s dictionary function fairly regularly I often found the narrator s comments hilariously funny Benedetto is, quite simply, adorable Funny and charming and delightfully frank on the topic of love between menWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 10 10PROS Weber is an incredible writer He has a wonderful command of the English language his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle s dictionary function fairly regularly I often found the narrator s comments hilariously funny Benedetto is, quite simply, adorable Loving and kind hearted and na ve without being annoying, not to mention wholeheartedly devoted to the man he falls in love with, even when the two are apart for a period of many years with nothingthan a few letters exchanged between them now and then It s obvious that the author researched the story s historical time period in depth He paints a well rounded and sumptuously detailed picture of a large number of European cities during the 18th century And the best part, for me, is that Weber details not just the parties and the opera houses and the drawing rooms of polite society which are so often depicted in modern works about that time period , but also the clandestine meetings between men who had to hide their sexual nature for fear of torture or death The 1700s were hardly a good time for a man to reveal his desire for his own sex, yet the book doesn t dwell on the hardships of Benedetto s situation it focuses instead on the cheeky methods by which he identifies like minded men and manages to surround himself by them There s a lot of sex in the book although not so much that those scenes seemed to overtake the plot by any means What s so great about the sex scenes is that there s such variety in them some are funny, some are serious some are sweet and romantic, others are wild primal, still others are almost clinical some are mentioned in passing, some described in loving detail etc I think that regardless of what type of sex scene does it for you in a book besides BDSM, that is , you re likely to find several here that you like very much.CON Because I m fairly unfamiliar with not only Giacomo Casanova s memoirs, but also the entire historical time period in which this book is set, I found brief stretches of the story to be a little heavy on politics, philosophy, religious expostulation, etc and thus to be a little dull However, I think readers who areversed in the story s historical setting are less likely to have this problem.Overall comments This is a delightful book the narrator s comments are flavored simultaneously with frank cynicism and wide eyed innocence, and his observations about love between men are particularly amusing There is a slight tendency throughout toward despondency Benedetto even admits, toward the end of the book, that he suffers from a strange melancholy and sadness I can never quite shake off, and which seems to permeate every fiber of my being Overall, though, I found the book to be a jovial and light hearted little read Or BIG read, rather, since it s quite long and Benedetto s philosophical musings encourage thoughtful perusal rather than rapid consumption


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    clever premise and, at times, imaginative but this book really needs radical editing to tightening it up it s needlessly meandering and loses both steam and direction The one recurring bit about philosophy seems forced and pedantic.


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    WonderfulReview by Charly Anchor Rating 10 10PROS Weber is an incredible writer He has a wonderful command of the English language his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle s dictionary function fairly regularly I often found the narrator s comments hilariously funny Benedetto is, quite simply, adorable Loving and kind hearted and na ve without being annoying, not to mention wholeheartedly devoted to the m WonderfulReview by Charly Anchor Rating 10 10PROS Weber is an incredible writer He has a wonderful command of the English language his turn of phrase is often pithy and succinct, and he makes use of a large vocabulary that had me using my Kindle s dictionary function fairly regularly I often found the narrator s comments hilariously funny Benedetto is, quite simply, adorable Loving and kind hearted and na ve without being annoying, not to mention wholeheartedly devoted to the man he falls in love with, even when the two are apart for a period of many years with nothingthan a few letters exchanged between them now and then It s obvious that the author researched the story s historical time period in depth He paints a well rounded and sumptuously detailed picture of a large number of European cities during the 18th century And the best part, for me, is that Weber details not just the parties and the opera houses and the drawing rooms of polite society which are so often depicted in modern works about that time period , but also the clandestine meetings between men who had to hide their sexual nature for fear of torture or death The 1700s were hardly a good time for a man to reveal his desire for his own sex, yet the book doesn t dwell on the hardships of Benedetto s situation it focuses instead on the cheeky methods by which he identifies like minded men and manages to surround himself by them There s a lot of sex in the book although not so much that those scenes seemed to overtake the plot by any means What s so great about the sex scenes is that there s such variety in them some are funny, some are serious some are sweet and romantic, others are wild primal, still others are almost clinical some are mentioned in passing, some described in loving detail etc I think that regardless of what type of sex scene does it for you in a book besides BDSM, that is , you re likely to find several here that you like very much.CON Because I m fairly unfamiliar with not only Giacomo Casanova s memoirs, but also the entire historical time period in which this book is set, I found brief stretches of the story to be a little heavy on politics, philosophy, religious expostulation, etc and thus to be a little dull However, I think readers who areversed in the story s historical setting are less likely to have this problem.Overall comments This is a delightful book the narrator s comments are flavored simultaneously with frank cynicism and wide eyed innocence, and his observations about love between men are particularly amusing There is a slight tendency throughout toward despondency Benedetto even admits, toward the end of the book, that he suffers from a strange melancholy and sadness I can never quite shake off, and which seems to permeate every fiber of my being Overall, though, I found the book to be a jovial and light hearted little read Or BIG read, rather, since it s quite long and Benedetto s philosophical musings encourage thoughtful perusal rather than rapid consumption


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    I thought I was simply reading a fun, trashy, campy romance novel, but it ended up being an enjoyable work of historical fiction that was well rehearsed and filled with a wide array of delightful characters, many actual historical figures.


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    2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 5 from at least 1 judge


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    The set up of this novel mirrors historical memoirs after the scholars have had a chance to translate, annotate, and comment The ruse is extremely well done the book could easily be mistaken for a real memoir, complete with forwards and translator s notes, and little breaks in the text where a fragment of a page has been lost The style is chatty and a bit rambling Benedettoor less follows the course of his life, stopping to make pithy observations of the human condition, the Church, The set up of this novel mirrors historical memoirs after the scholars have had a chance to translate, annotate, and comment The ruse is extremely well done the book could easily be mistaken for a real memoir, complete with forwards and translator s notes, and little breaks in the text where a fragment of a page has been lost The style is chatty and a bit rambling Benedettoor less follows the course of his life, stopping to make pithy observations of the human condition, the Church, the treatment of men of his species, politics, or a fine dish of rhubarb.His adventures are many Benedetto is recruited by the Church to follow hisfamous brother around, spying on his activities Italy is not a united nation at this time in history and the Papal States are a political entity, not a philosophical organization Who allies with whom matters greatly to the Pope s political sway, and Giacomo is feared to be organizing political upheaval.The famous womanizer seldom appears on the page with Benedetto, who is having a great time on the Pope s payroll, although they do interact indirectly, whether it s chasing through Venice or Benedetto s secret assistance in springing Giacomo from prison, a good deed that goes completely uncredited, as Giacomo rewrites history to take all the credit himself One can hear the irritation and the pride over the famous brother s exploits everywhere but with the ladies He contrasts his brother s sexual escapades disdainfully with his own relations between men are purer in his eyes for not carrying the baggage of titles, money, social position, or children.Mirroring Giacomo s memoirs, Benedetto frequently mentions his exploits with the legion of men who are willing to break with convention seldom do six pages go by without at least a mention of a handsome shop boy or a willing soldier, although a few of his chosen companions stay with him for months or years, and he is fond of them and their talents Benedetto claims to love, but conflates it with sex, although he clearly can perceive aemotional attachment Anything resembling constancy to one lover, no matter how dear, simply does not happen in this story he s farlikely to have a third, or a fourth, man join him and his beloved.The endless gossip and rubbing elbows with the movers and the shakers of the day comes with catty asides which range from hysterically funny to scathing to revolting, and feel in the style of Samuel Pepys It s engaging we see with the eyes of history but Benedetto just had a conversation, and sometimes his conclusions are entertainingly wrong, such as his dismissal of Handel s music in favor of Porpora His observations on daily life run the same range one feels immersed in the period UnlessWhere I was less than pleased with the book was the typography of the dialog The book is very light on dialog, relying instead on exposition, which suits a memoir of the period What little there is uses nothing as mundane as a quote mark, relying instead on dashes to set off the lines Ignoring modern convention may have been a nod to the eighteenth century, but it is an unpleasant jolt for the reader, and the periodic drops into modern slang break the spell entirely The French are touchy feely, a prospective partner shakes his package, and the reader is forcibly reminded that this is a novel after all The translator s note at the beginning indicates that this is intentional, but I do not thank the author for it it feels sloppy.My reservations aside, this was an enjoyable and amusing read, with a side of education slipped in, and even incorporates a romance, allowing for the proclivities associated with the name Casanova which Benedetto possesses in full measure I think the blurb s claims of breathtaking eroticism are overblown, but it was good fun


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    I got this book in a giveaway on Goodreads, and I could not actually finish the book I don t think this is a bad book, if such a thing exists, but it contained some things that annoy me Most of all, I feel this book overuses sex Every now and then, the book will depict a sex scene that lasts about three fourths of a page The sex is quickly over, and topic changes drastically There s little examination of the sex itself, or sex as a state of being It feels as if the sex is described, and I got this book in a giveaway on Goodreads, and I could not actually finish the book I don t think this is a bad book, if such a thing exists, but it contained some things that annoy me Most of all, I feel this book overuses sex Every now and then, the book will depict a sex scene that lasts about three fourths of a page The sex is quickly over, and topic changes drastically There s little examination of the sex itself, or sex as a state of being It feels as if the sex is described, and then ignored, as if the sex were added as an afterthought.Now, the main character, and the memoirs format of the novel lend themselves to numerous sex scenes The main character would not be likely to think about sex as anything but sex, at least not near the beginning However, as the narrator, Benedetto depicts the sex with unnecessary detail For me, it breaks the realism of the memoir format For a character who has as much sex as he does, he doesn t take the sex for granted, but in the story, he never gives any other indication that he doesn t take the sex for granted I felt as though sex was such a prevalent theme throughout the book, but it never felt as though anything was being said about sex It was merely there, a distraction from the story This all culminates into a sense that the sex scenes were forced My other thought is that Benedetto feels like an unbelievable character for the time period he s acting in Especially near the beginning of the book, he has a tendency to hold opinions that would be very unpopular at the time, and announces them with total conviction This is one of the biggest traps in writing historical fiction For example, at one point near the beginning, he declares that one woman could prove that women are not inferior thinkers to men We know now that there is no correlation between gender and intelligence, and there s an impulse to judge characters who believe there is Historically, however, that was a belief When writing historical fiction, the novelist must find some way to reconcile two problems If they make the character have a belief that is unpopular today, they risk losing sympathy for the character However, if the character accepts our modern norms and values, the novelist makes the character risk looking out of place in that time period, and unbelievable Benedetto feels like the latter As far as norms go, he doesn t feel ahead of his time , he feels like a time traveler.This book does have some really good strong points to it though Most notably, I found the story compelling, sufficiently complex, with just the right amount of scope Character interaction and dialogue are nearly flawless, and the setting is depicted incredibly well In the end, I felt too much dissonance to continue reading this book all the way through Even though this is a great story to tell, I feel as though Benedetto is the wrong character to tell it, and that he is in the wrong time period entirely Overall, a good story told by the wrong character.Lastly, I felt I have to note that I could not bring myself to read this in public The back cover seemed too racy, even for a modern liberal arts university


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    On the positive side, the writing is good, and the premise an interesting one this is the fictive memoir of Giacomo Casanova s gay younger brother Benedetto At times it gathers enough momentum to be a page turner But something was just a bit off about this book for me I found it strongest in the first part, when the hero is living in Bologna, and finding his path in life Though the story is essentially a picaresque, it doesn t seem to end up going anywhere Benedetto is supposedly acting On the positive side, the writing is good, and the premise an interesting one this is the fictive memoir of Giacomo Casanova s gay younger brother Benedetto At times it gathers enough momentum to be a page turner But something was just a bit off about this book for me I found it strongest in the first part, when the hero is living in Bologna, and finding his path in life Though the story is essentially a picaresque, it doesn t seem to end up going anywhere Benedetto is supposedly acting as a spy, hired by the Vatican to observe his brother s comings and goings in the glittering royal European courts This is really a device for the main character to sleep his way around the continent, following in his brother s wake The peripatetic nature of the story gives the main character the chance to rub elbows with prominent artists, musicians and writers of the day, some of whom I d heard of, some I hadn t, and learned about as a result That was a very good addition So were the narrator s views on philosophy and religion.But the narrator doesn t seem to know himself that well he says he is shy by nature, and melancholy Yet he s constantly just walking right up to strange men and propositioning them and what he calls melancholy comes offas sulky fits of pique Perhaps he s just immature, or an unreliable narrator But it comes off as a little, well, sloppy.There s a good bit of sex here sometimes it s genuinely hot Other times, it s merely by rote And while the main character supposedly sticks up for women and tries to advance their station in 18th century Europe by founding girls schools, there is a thread of misogyny in his attitudes That s in keeping with the time period, but if the character is so enlightened about the idea of men loving men, couldn t that enlightenment have carried over to his views on women I could have lived without some of the narrator s girls are gross sentiments.Our hero finds true love along the way but this felt hollow somehow The reader gets little sense of who Benedetto s lover really is he displays not much personality There are secondary characters who arevivid The lover remains a cypher,or less a fantasy man Maybe that s a trope of romantic fiction, but I would ve liked to have seenof an effort to get the reader to fall in love with Carl Anton when Benedetto does If it seems that I m being overly critical, it stems from disappointment More fiction is needed telling stories of LGBT life, and it s great to read historical fiction, particularly, in which a gay character is front and center I really appreciated that, and it earns the book an extra star Overall, this is worth reading, and Weber s prose is concise and sometimes humorous In the end however, I was left wantinggrowth from the main character, or at least a journey that had a destination other than his cardboard lover s arms


  10. says:

    Marten Weber is the most exciting new voice in gay fiction His novel Shayno should win a price and be on the New York Bestseller list His Benedetto isfun and entertaining, but also believable and incredibly well written Historical accurate without being too old fashioned in style, it made me fall in love with the main character Benedetto, a young Italian, brother of the real Casanova, who follows his brother around Europe The parallels to Casanova s memoirs are obvious, and the book c Marten Weber is the most exciting new voice in gay fiction His novel Shayno should win a price and be on the New York Bestseller list His Benedetto isfun and entertaining, but also believable and incredibly well written Historical accurate without being too old fashioned in style, it made me fall in love with the main character Benedetto, a young Italian, brother of the real Casanova, who follows his brother around Europe The parallels to Casanova s memoirs are obvious, and the book contains an amazing amount of facts, details, historic events It is also a wonderful gay love story The relationship to his lover is not fleshed out in detail in the style of soppy romance novels, mainly because they ment and spent so many years apart due to war Benedetto is torn between his love and his youthful horniness He is torn between his philosophical ambitions and his lust for adventure Marten Weber manages to create the feeling of a personal diary or memoirs, that means breaks, jumps, and sometimes incoherent narrative, while at the same time delivering an erotic masterpiece that is a pleasure from beginning to end Most of all, I find it refreshing to find literature with gay characters that does not fall into the awful categories of vampires, sci fi with planets on which everybody is gay, or bland coming out stories Benedetto is the most creative gay book in decades, and I hope there will be many sequels


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Benedetto Casanova: The Memoirs WINNER OF THE RAINBOW LITERARY AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION No Doubt You Have Heard Of Casanova, The Famous Womanizer, And Maybe You Have Seen The Movie, Or Read The Account Of His Life But Did You Know He May Have Had A Gay Brother Benedetto, A Few Years Giacomo S Junior, Was Pressed Into Service Of The Church To Follow The Famous Lover Of Women Through The Courts Of Europe On The Way He Had Amorous Adventures With Countless Men, But, Unlike His Brother, Fell In Love And Kept Alive A Romantic Relationship With A Strapping German Soldier Over Time And Distance His Memoirs Were Discovered Only In , When An English Traveler Rummaging Through A Private Library In Rome Found Them Glued To The Pages Of A Book They Were Written In Italian And Have Never Before Been Published In English Marten Weber Delivers A Wonderful Translation Of This Challenging Text, Full Of Linguistic Cunning And His Usual Talent For Breathtaking Eroticism