Don Giancarlo

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[Don Giancarlo] has exercised the influence of a revelation upon my whole life…I regard [him] as a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection…

– Charles Gounod

[He] ascends with ease to the highest plane of revealed truth, the threshold of the world beyond…

– Pierre Jouve

One marvels again and again how everything comes to expression in him: heaven and earth, nature and man, comedy and tragedy, passion in all its forms and the most profound inner peace, the Virgin Mary and the demons, the church mass, the curious solemnity of the Freemasons and the dance hall, ignorant and sophisticated people, cowards and heroes (genuine or bogus), the faithful and the faithless, aristocrats and peasants…

– Karl Barth



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Andrew Faris
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Andrew Faris

Mad props for the high-mindedness of this post. Especially for knowing Barth.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

Agreed. Came expecting a Verdi opera reference; was not disappointed!

William Lloyd Garrison
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William Lloyd Garrison

I was expecting this article to be a takeoff on the Godfather. How disappointed I was that this article was not that, and also that I am deceased.

Mr. Observant
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Mr. Observant

“Stants hits dem ding-dongs some far.”

– Giuseppe Verdi

MustBunique
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I sense great vulnerability. A man-child crying out for love. An innocent orphan in the post-modern world.
I see a parasite. A sexually depraved miscreant who is seeking only to gratify his basest and most immediate urges.
His struggle is man’s struggle. He lifts my spirit.
He is a loathesome, offensive brute. Yet I can’t look away.
He transcends time and space.
He sickens me.
I love it.
Me too.

Kramer
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Kramer

Giddyup

rek
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rek

Allusion is surely to Mozart, not Verdi, “Don Giovanni” (not “Don Carlo”). Or maybe the extra brilliance of the post is its indeterminate hybridity. But Gounoud etc. must be referring to Mozart.

Now back to baseball.

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