- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Halban Publishers; New edition edition (18 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1870015843
- ISBN-13: 978-1870015844
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Visit from Voltaire Paperback – 18 Mar 2004
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A witty tale about the unlikeliest of friends.
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'A Visit From Voltaire' has been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This is a stimulating novel, rich and uncynical.
Informed throughout by a wonderful sense of humour, "A Visit From Voltaire" is by turns a description, both serious and hilarious, of family life in a new and unfamiliar environment; an introduction to 18th Century cultural life; and, via a series of vignettes linking similar events in different times (the Author's and Voltaire's), a comment on political and religious corruption and intolerance.
Above all though, "A Visit From Voltaire" has, at its heart, the development from rocky beginnings of a wonderful friendship between the Author and Voltaire - Voltaire emerges not only as the champion of justice and tolerance that we are all aware of, but as a delightfully idiosyncratic and human character, fully capable of moving between his era and ours, where he finds his ideals still under attack and where his unflagging energy and honesty are still as necessary as ever. Whether adapting to the internet or revisiting old haunts in London, his zest for life is contagious. The development of the friendship between the Author and Voltaire is beautifully handled and I was as sad as the Author when they finally parted. How I wish he had stayed. I had so much I wanted to ask him.
As with all good books, I was inspired to do a number of things - learn more about the man and his century (a very helpful bibliography is provided); renew my contact with Amnesty International; Revisit Bernstein and take a look at my wardrobe.
All this in addition to a wonderful read. How could you resist?
Each time I put this book down, a line or two would keep popping into my head and making me smile or laugh. By the time you finish reading this entertaining book, you will have fallen in love not only with Voltaire but with Dinah Lee Kung.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. The author did a fantastic job bringing Voltaire back to life - his character is so well portrayed you feel the author must have personally met him! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Citychiclifestyle
What a beautifully written book about the most unlikeliest of friends.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book to everyone
Treat yourself and get a copy whilst you can
I really enjoyed the clever juxtiposition of Voltaire's retelling his formidable ups and down,( especially his downs,) to the author facing the frustrations of "exile" with family... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2005
I found it hard to continue reading this book with any enthusiasm. Perhaps, it is because I also live in switzerland and know so well what she was describing. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2005