Don Juan: His Own Version is a novella by Peter Handke. I stumbled upon a copy of this book fairly recently and got very excited about it since it was then recommended to me as a beautifully written novella filled with everything I love: mystery, sensuality and a fascinating protagonist.
There isn’t much I can say about this book. I feel unchanged by it. I expected so much more. The pace was quick, there was no time to connect to the narrator or to Don Juan, which I wanted.
There was none of that magic that I believe comes with Don Juan’s persona. The writing style was lovely, but not enough to keep my focus. I found myself to wander in my thoughts multiple times.
I cannot say I did not enjoy this little novella – it is simply that I did not enjoy it as much I hoped i would. I did not get that feeling of deep fascination I usually get from characters such as Don Juan.
I am still unsure of how to rate this book, I will have to give it some thought. I don’t know which is the target audience for the novella, so I cannot make any recommendations. This one is a hit or miss in my opinion.