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A Visit from Voltaire mobi ↠ 360 pages Î Dinah Lee Küng Î ❮Read❯ ➵ A Visit from Voltaire Author Dinah Lee Küng – Helpyouantib.co.uk 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 baE 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 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
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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 Voltaire 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 work 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 everyday 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 universal 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?
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A Visit from VoltaireYou 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 journalist is overwhelmed by her new Swiss home a visitor pops out of nowhere offering to reliev 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 ???