EBOOK DOWNLOAD A Visit from Voltaire
Rk of this nature has to be done with a surprising amount of responsibility delicacy integral dexterity and true to the nature of the subjects long term visionTo *her great credit Dinah Lee Kung passes all these vital and necessary benchmarksCapturing the humour of *great credit Dinah Lee Kung passes all these vital and necessary benchmarksCapturing the humour of humdrum slapstick and also imparting some truths about Voltaire a casual reader would be all the better to knowThe response of the readers in this non academic readers forum gives a touching overview of how successful the author is in making Voltaire come to life in a three dimensional easy to approach mannerFor example we are made aware on page 94 Voltaire was a munitions dealer war profiteer which is not known to the general reader though should be known if they are to evaluate the Man who is synonymous with the chimes of EnlightenmentTo
HIS CREDIT ON PAGE 344 HE HAS THIS SAGE credit on page 344 he has this sage advice for Mankind internal and externalIf a man has tyrants he must dethrone themAnother issue to know about Voltaire is a charge of Anti Semitism alas not an unusual charge with the great and good of European Enlightment PhilosophyAgain to his credit he has this uote attributed to him from a 1763 essayIt does not reuire great art or magnificently trained elouence to prove that Christians should tolerate each other I however am going further I say that we should regard all men as our brothers What The Turk my brother The Chinaman my brother The Jew The Siam Yes without doubt are we not all children of the same father and creatures of the same God A really enjoyable book with the uirky ghost of Voltaire providing much needed company for an American ournalist ill at ease in her new home in rural Switzerland Funny and touching also a great way to learn a lot about a wonderful figure from history Delightful A true tribute to oie de vivre and will please any cosmopolitan soul trying to find solace from the boredom of provincial life The figure of Voltaire is presented not as a dry text book figure but is resurrected as the witty and unstoppable man he should be remembered as As the narrator sifts through her own experiences ranging from the intriguing to the alarmingly incongruous Voltaire offers the best advice one can have ultimately to hack and slash away at the pomposity of institutions and at our own self importance in order to appreciate the comedic value of life and as a result to focus on those few things which give meaning to it Dinah Lee K ng brings Voltaire to life in her uproariously delightful novel A Visit From Voltaire It should not go without saying this novel was long listed for the Orange Prize in Fiction in 2004 a Nomination Well Deserved The well deserved The begins with an exhausted mother truly is there another kind yet in all seriousness she her Swiss husband Peter and their three children have relocated from Manhattan to the small Swiss town of St Cergue where absolutely nothing has gone as planned The contra. Trunk and a lifetime of stories instead Slowly V becomes her stalwart best friend as they laugh bicker and he teaches her the best lesson of all how to live life to its fullestIn the tradition of the best self help novels Voltaire teaches her how to live a happy and full life writes Nicholas Cronk in The Cambridge Guide to Voltai.
review ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Dinah Lee KüngI picked this up in the library and found it very entertaining Living as an American expat in England I could relate to many of her situations in the book which I m sure are based on many of her actual experiences and found myself wishing for my own intellectual ghost to keep me company and give such guidance The only criticism really is that I did find it a bit slow in the middle which I have also read in a previous review but it is a light read overall and that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book Wonderful but a book that s hard to categorize as it s part memoir in the voice of the great Voltaire himself and part memoir by the narrator who has to put up with his ghost part fiction and part rigorous historical research It all makes for an original and suprisingly comical two hander set against the landscape of a small Swiss villageI can understand why the Orange Prize for Fiction committee singled it out and why its readership grows with time Although the author is American she s best known in England and Switzerland and that s where I learned about this book The story could be read as a light family sit com romp or a clash between two centuries or ust two stubborn personalities one a real diva star of the eighteenth century salon set and the other a struggling ournalist settling her young family into a foreign homeBut underneath all the comedy and the ChristmasNew Year s Eve Party is a real set piece there lies a tenderness and a humanity that leaves you with a glow Maybe Voltaire travelled forward in time because he couldn t stand the boredom of eternity compared to his celebrity times or he travelled to her home to help her through a difficult winter Either way after spending time with him as he copes with the modern world rather well actually thanks to her coffee machine and she learns to let go of her past you feel cheered yourself Certain things don t change for any of us money problems love disappointments home disruptions but friendship and kindness endureSlow in the middle so I took off one star but worth sticking withbtw Here s a feature about the author from the English language Swiss News that was done some years ago I might have enjoyed this book if I knew much about Voltaire or his philosophy I couldn t compare this witty V character with the real Voltaire so the book lost its appeal halfway through I did however find the storyline very creative This book wasn t a really easy read although I am not sure if it was because I had the flu or the amount of times I re read or went back to work out who Voltaire was talking about It wasn t actually a page turner for me but a very interesting and easy way to get to know Voltaire AND *I Loved Him What Character He *loved him what character he have been I alway ust thought of him as a Philosopher but this book really makes him so much interesting and it is impossible not to become a bit of a voyeur reading this bookDinah Lee K ng br. You can't keep a good man down even when he's deadNominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction this is a light hearted story of friendship defying the barrier of time to share life's upheavals great and smallWhen an American mother and ex ournalist is overwhelmed by her new Swiss home a visitor pops out of nowhere offering to relie. ,
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INTERESTING AND JOYFUL NOVEL THAT WASand oyful novel that was long listed for the Orange Prize in Fiction in 2004 An American women and her Swiss husband move from Manhattan to conservative Swiss town of St Cergue where they start renovating a house that she is left in charge of handling The usual night mares in renovating occurs and she has to deal with the school from hell One night a doctor is called for one of the children The doctor arrives dressed in 18th century attire a M Fran ois Marie Arouet Seigneur de Tournay et the children The doctor arrives dressed in 18th century attire a M Fran ois Marie Arouet Seigneur de Tournay et also known as V V becomes the light and confusion this outsider desperately needs in her new upside down world The characters are likeable the novel is filled with details that Chris Cross the century s that bring to light social injustices and the mundane life of parenting and family life I found the book lively and engrossing sometimes difficult to read but on the whole it was a fun adventure filled with oodles of descriptions and the charming funny Character Voltaire I finished it because I kept waiting for it to make sense Why did the ghost of Voltaire suddenly appear to this modern woman Was there a purpose When would the big reveal come Well I never did uite understand I also couldn t understand how he materialized with his full wardrobe and all of his material possessions Or how did he travel with his modern friend on a modern airplane from Switzerland to London And how exactly did his ghostly valise go right along with her checked baggage on the plane I know it s fiction and I know I had to give up some claim to realism in order to accept that there s a ghost being seen by and conversing with this woman but I still need some of it to make some kind of sense And I really need to know why he s there in the first place A delightful romp of a book and easily the most superbly written and readable historical figure I ve seen in a long time Kung s Voltaire brims with the charm intellect and vivacity that makes him such a oy to *get to know in history The narrative was unpredictable the thoughts *to know in history The narrative was unpredictable the thoughts fresh and fascinating and the anecdotes were intriguing As someone very familiar with the era it was clear that Kung did her homework I d gladly recommend this to anyone who loves history and even those who don t In this novel Kung encompasses perfectly the living aspect of the past that causes so many to fall in love with it Here s a thoughtful review from book blogger Tari Kataria He sums up this book very wellA most admirable way of introducing historical characters to todays reader in an educational entertaining easily accessible is in the form an anecdotal uasi fictional narrative It has been done to great effect in theatre plays like Alan Bennetts The Habit of Art and Novels from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn to Kundera which explore meetings of real life characters who could have met or if they did meet we do not know what was saidAny wo. Ve her son's asthma her husband's distracted absence and her problems grappling with village life Is he the village crackpot or as he claims the Greatest Mind of the Eighteenth Century This talkative intruder a skinny egotist in kneebreeches and a powdered wig is the last straw Though she begs him to disappear he unpacks his moldy.