A Visit From Voltaire [NOOK Book]

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Nominated for the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004, the comic novel "A Visit From Voltaire" brings the incorrigible 18th-century troublemaker back to life as he haunts the Swiss farmhouse of a newly-arrived American and her family. Over the course of a lonely winter, a hilariously reincarnated Voltaire evolves from the Houseguest-from-Hell into the narrator's wisest friend, teaching her how to live life to the fullest. Funny, original and appealing to all ages, including students of French language or ...

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A Visit From Voltaire

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Overview

Nominated for the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004, the comic novel "A Visit From Voltaire" brings the incorrigible 18th-century troublemaker back to life as he haunts the Swiss farmhouse of a newly-arrived American and her family. Over the course of a lonely winter, a hilariously reincarnated Voltaire evolves from the Houseguest-from-Hell into the narrator's wisest friend, teaching her how to live life to the fullest. Funny, original and appealing to all ages, including students of French language or history, this is history literally brought to life, complete with wig, kneebreeches and a coffee addiction.
Voted second “Must Read” by UK library borrowers, after the winner, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong, and 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 on World Book Day April 2005
“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."
"Definitely my book of the year.” Irene Double, librarian for Bradford Libraries, UK, "Shelf Life"

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032872399
  • Publisher: Eyes and Ears
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,289,155
  • File size: 404 KB

Meet the Author

Dinah Lee Küng worked for twenty years in Asia as a foreign correspondent, mainly in China/Hong Kong, for publications including The Economist, Business Week, and the International Herald Tribune. She is the author of six novels, a number of radio plays and was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004. She has three children and is the wife of a retired International Red Cross official living outside Geneva.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    The most literary, funny "time-travel" book of all time

    Highly imaginative, funny and poignant, this book is very hard to categorize; a mix of memoir and family comedy threaded together by the reminiscences of the voluble, irascible, charming and irrepressible ghost of Voltaire visiting an American-Swiss household for the winter.

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