kindle Õ A Visit from Voltaire â Dinah Lee Küng
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 journalist is overwhelmed by her new Swiss home a visitor pops out of nowhere offering to reliev Delightful A true tribute to joie 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 Küng â A Visit from Voltaire ePub
A Visit from VoltaireTrunk 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?