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The Philosopher's Kiss: A Novel Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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Meanwhile, Sophie and Denis have an instant connection, but happiness seems to elude them at many points in their life.
Mixed in with all of that, is Sophie's jealous husband, who becomes quite powerful within the police ranks. He will stop at nothing to halt production of Denis's work.
At times, the story is not light reading, but it was always compelling. I was instantly transported back to Paris in the 1700s. Their were lots of different characters, including King Louis' mistress who also played a role during the writing of the encyclopedia. At times, I wish the author made Sophie a bit more interesting. But the historical drama which was loosely based on real events was a real delight to read!
>Set in pre-victorian Europe, a young woman, Sophie Volland, witnesses her mother's execution as a child, over accusations of witchcraft, love and betrayal. As an adult, she marries for a better station in life but a loveless marriage and falls in love with one of the most dangerous men of the day: the philosopher and writer Diderot! Enter the court of King Louis the XVI, his mistress Madame de Pompadour and the various court members.
Peter Prange weaves a fantastic tale of intrigue, mystery with facts from history. Never before has history been so interesting! The characters in "The Philosopher's Kiss" are well-developed due in part to being actual living people so long ago. Sure, he takes literary license with the people, places, events and has much conjecture, but the style and information cannot be denied.
Most anyone can identify with the love between Volland and Diderot. A miscommunication, a slight that hurts, all of us can feel the pain and pang of guilt. I would recommend everyone who loves a good court intrigue story, as well as misguided love, to read this novel.
From the first paragraph I read, I couldn't put the book down. The story is so well written that I admire the imagination of the author..I, unlike the previous reviewers, am not very good with words. So I will say this to whomever is reading this...I love historical novels and this book has been so special for me that each day, I made time to lay down on my couch, turned off the TV, made a cup of tea with milk and indulged in reading. It has been a delight to read this book. I took me back in time,so vivid in descriptions that it made me feel as if I was living in 18th Century..I recommend this book to everyone...
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I love this book has a beautiful story and lots of history lovelyPublished 9 months ago by maria p meza
In this historical thriller by Peter Prange, Sophie is a young girl betrayed by her neighbors and the church at an early age, suffering through tragedy and religious persecution. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by dcbooklover