THE DEVIL IN LOVE / Followed by / HIS LIFE, TRIAL, PROPHECIES, / AND. REVELATIONS / by Gérard de Nerval delivers us Cazotte’s text, et al. The alia. This book is part of the collection held by the Bodleian Libraries and scanned by Google, Inc. for the Google Books Library Project. For more information see. The Devil in Love. Author: Jacques Cazotte. Engraver: Jean-Émile Laboureur ( French, Nantes – Penestin). Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Devil in Love is an occult romance by Jacques Cazotte which tells of a demon, or devil, who falls in love with a young Spanish nobleman named Don Alvaro, an amateur human dabbler, and attempts, in the guise of a young woman, to win his affections.

Published February 25th by Dedalus first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Devil In Loveplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 07, Sinem A. Oct 24, Murat S. Oct 31, Jenn McCollum rated it liked it Shelves: Alvaro senses that his virginity is in peril and he begins a long journey back to his mother, who is the only protective force to guard him from a night of hot passion.

On his cazote back toward the womb, Alvaro is deflowered in a fallen coach by the side of the road. He returns to his mother tue mere carcass cqzotte the calla lily he used to be. I am currently on a devil-reading spree to find out: Or might we find instances in which his seemingly male desires are relayed in feminine terms? Un compitino ben fatto ma senza pretese. Direi un sei politico. Jacques Cazotte, as the story goes, predicted whom among his friends would be meeting Madame Guillotine as the horrors of the French Revolution unfolded; sadly, his prescience didn’t include himself.

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Luckily, he’s left behind this little gem of a book in which Beelzebub is summoned by a rank amateur pages,and which although short, is a delight from beginning to end.

The ending itself leaves much pause for thought cazottte actually sent me back to the start for a second read.

Within that Jacques Cazotte, as the story goes, predicted whom among his friends would be meeting Madame Guillotine as the horrors of the French Revolution unfolded; sadly, his prescience didn’t include himself.

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Accetterei tutto, per amore. Siamo di fronte a un racconto lungo o romanzo breve, a scelta incentrato su un patto col demonio abbastanza inusuale: Amor vincit omniadunque?

Materia interessante, si sarebbe portati a pensare. Ora, il vero motivo che mi ha spinto a tediare il prossimo con questo commento: View all 3 comments. That was somewhat disappointing.

Any story where a Devil cazktte Death turn up in human form, tends to be pretty awesome. Thats an aesthetic or plot-point or whatever that i quite enjoy.

This however was fairly bland given the setup. I’m absolutely sure its losing something in the translation but it can’t be losing THAT much.


One issue plot wise is that the protagonist is constantly trying not to sleep with this woman, because it would be dishonorable or something.

The Devil In Love

Ok, thats a little strange given th That was somewhat disappointing. Ok, thats a little strange given this is written by a french guy and given the time period when things were a little more liberal. I was thinking our hero is spanish so maybe this is a commentary on the spanish being more uptight than the french, but then he clearly sleeps with a lot of other women!

So the rule seems to be its only wrong to sleep ccazotte someone if there’s a chance you might marry them later? Anyway, this story just fevil did enough with the supernatural elements, it never created that air of wrongness that you usually have in these lovr of stories and frankly the ending was very anti-climactic. I guess it sounds like i’m completely trashing it but its still ok but far below my expectations.

Nov 15, Nihan E.

Jan 04, Alex marked it as to-read. Strano, piccolo romanzo di un autore che non conoscevo affatto. Alvaro sfida il demonio, gli esiti cazottd imprevedibili. Sebbene la prosa settecentesca di Cazotte risulti vagamente piatta e un po’ stucchevole il romanzo offre alcuni spunti interessanti. Il romanzo ebbe grande successo grazie alla convinzione che Cazotte, vicino alla cabala ed alla teosofia, avesse occultato nel romanzo insegnamenti misterici.

Gothic novellas have always been a weak spot for me. This one also does not disappoint! The way the story is written made me teleport to that period of time and dive into the surroundings and characters. It’s the age-old story: Boy summons demon to serve his friends an impressive collation; demon appears as a monstrous camel and terrifies boy; boy complains and demon-camel vomits up a demon-spaniel; demon-spaniel transforms into a comely young woman who – if she dresses devi nice – can pass for a pageboy; boy falls in love with demon-pageboy-woman; demon-pageboy-woman something something something your mother’s dead, or is she?

Were it not for Cazotte’s rather frightening personal story, perhaps this novel would have disappeared without a trace. Cazotet like the demon-pageboy-woman-camel-spaniel-thing. Bored with being over-privileged and entitled, Cazotte sat down one warm-trousered afternoon and wrote this exciting story of a Sylph that tye bored with being over-privileged and entitled, and sought out to make caztote mess of the life of an over-privileged and entitled Spaniard.

It takes the Sylph six months to accomplish this misery, rather than taking ten minutes to use some Sylph powers to turn him into a bubbling saucer of jam. Cazotte having accomplished this literary cul de sac although there is a novel called The Monk that is apparently a direct ripoff, albeit in English, not French, of sameCazotte wandered into Paris one day revil find the Terrors well under way, was promptly arrested for being over-privileged and entitled, and found himself sentenced to death by the popular method of abstracting his head from his torso.

But then they arrested him again and, without any further ado,they promptly cured him of having an intact spinal column. Maybe if his mother had sent an email.

Fun but it falls short of being -something. It’s no The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. Sep 04, Dfordoom rated it really liked it Shelves: Don Alvaro is a olve Spanish nobleman who dabbles in the occult. He summons a spirit, and gets more than he bargained for.


Devik he gets is Biondetta, a beautiful young woman who claims to be hopelessly in love with him. Biondetta at other times appears as a handsome young page.

His heavy gambling losses are soon made good and he amasses a tidy little sum besides. Don Alvaro is cautious about becoming involved with Biondetta, and even more cautious when it becomes obvious that she is determined to get him into bed with her.

His reluctance to sleep with her actually has more to do with jn Spanish pride than deviil fear of having sexual relations with a woman who is almost certainly a demon. Biondetta however is not inclined to give up. And even a Spanish nobleman cannot withstand such a determined siege forever.

The importance of this novel is of course that we are seeing many ideas that would become commonplace in the literature of the fantastique and of the gothic dealt with for the first time in a work of fiction. This is very much an entertainment, a literary bauble created by a witty dilettante. The book was kove intended to be in two parts but only the first part was lovve completed. Cazotte devio a varied but not especially happy career in the Marine Department of the French Civil Service, his health being badly damaged by overseas postings to the Tye Indies.

He became involved with Catholic mystical groups and his support for the Royalist cause led to his being guillotined in May 17, Maggie rated it did not like it. I finished this book. Lovf took countless tries and one year long reader’s block. This was so boring that I am left speechless. To have the devil as a main character and to make the devil bland and utterly boring is an art in itself. I actually got the reader’s block because of this book and my stubborn head to finish it.

Not only boringbut also weird and not in the good way where we are surprised. Well not bad weird either. More like bland weird.

oddly weird fiction: Che vuoi? That is the question: The Devil in Love, by Jacques Cazotte

In the beginning Alvaro was scared of t Finally! In the beginning Alvaro was scared of the devil then overnight and he was stone cold towards the devil and in the middle of the book another out of thin air he loved her. I got whiplash from the annoying changes in his mood toward the Devil and the devil had the same changes! At the end of the book the author tell us with the use devol a new character that the devil had genious plan and he made this and that.

Let lve tell you if this whole thing was some brilliant plan from the devil well then the devil is an idiot. There was no genious anything. Biondetta was more like a damsel in distress from the start until the middle and the teenager until the end.

This book was blandboring and annoying.