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A Visit from Voltaire Paperback – June 1, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


--"In the tradition of the best self-help novels, Voltaire teaches her how to live a happy and full life," Nicholas Cronk, The Cambridge Guide to Voltaire, March 2009

--Voted second "Must Read" by UK library borrowers on World Book Day, after the winner, Sebastian Faulks's  Birdsong, ahead of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Lovely Bones, the Bookseller of Kabul, My Sister's Keeper and the Sharpe books of Bernard Cornwell, April 2005.

--Definitely my book of the year."
Irene Double, librarian for Bradford Libraries, UK, Shelf Life
--Recommended Reading Group selection, UK, Hertfordshire Libraries

Nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004

--A mix of the real and surreal, a combination of fact and fiction and a hint of the American experiencing Switzerland, written in a straightforward and entertaining style is what makes Dinah Lee Küng such an interesting writer.-- Aradhna Sethi,  Swiss News, Zurich, May 2004

About the Author

Dinah Lee Küng worked for twenty years as a journalist in Asia, notably China, for Business Week, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870015843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870015844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,158,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara St Aubrey on August 4, 2013
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Learned more about Voltaire, the elegance and enlightenment of the eighteenth century than reading a history books or one of his plays - This is a charming book that touches on current life in Switzerland as well as, the word-skills of Voltaire - he was a true Renaissance man matching his curiosity, perfecting his interests and experiences the length of his life The story line sounds contrived however, I found the book informative, light-hearted, a page turner filled with the flavor of both Voltaire's time in history as well as, current attitudes among the Swiss, the business acumen of the author and of all things, how to plan a successful party by way of Voltaire's party planning skills. White a ghost he makes a profit on the Stock-market and using a pseudonym helps release a political prisoner in Pakistan. I now want to embark on a reading program of Voltaire
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Voltaire would have assuredly been a great person to meet from the past, but you wouldn't know it from this book. Drawing parallels with the past and present is fertile ground, but not when the author's life (which is so disconnected from common experience) seeps into the subtext so transparently. The comedic elements did not evoke Voltaire's wit....they were as dry as a mummy's breath. Perhaps chuckle-invoking (Note; chuckle in the singular.) if prefer like the more yawn-inducing cartoons in the New Yorker. It seems as though the the author did a master's thesis on Candide in college and decided to shoehorn that information into a disjointed though well-written autobiography. Hong Kong, skiing, building contractors, train vandalism, over-indulged kids, stock-trading, and Madame Pompadour.....oh yeah, and dogs killing cats (!)....Whaaa?! Try to mash all of that together in your head. Non, merci.
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