Love and the Art of War

Love and the Art of War

by Dinah Lee Küng

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Overview

'From the Orange Prize-nominated author of "A Visit From Voltaire" comes a delightful mix of Desperate Housewife-meets-Karate Kid, with hints for the underdog reader in each of us. Read this and get ready to take on the bullies and poseurs out in the cold, cruel everyday world.'

When fighting for love, get a warlord on your side. . .

A London librarian is losing her job, her man and, possibly even her mind. Enrolling in an evening class, "Mending Marriage or Decent Divorce," Jane ends up by mistake with some oddball businessmen studying Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and China's legendary Thirty-six Battle Stratagems.
Professor Baldwin urges Jane to give his management class a try before joining the lovelorn ladies next door. He'll train her in ancient military wiles to "fight without fighting"-and win back Joe, her career and best of all, her self-esteem.
Can Sun Tzu and his feudal warlords save a middle-aged woman, not to mention her hapless classmates, in modern London? Overwhelmed by an ageing celebrity mother and an anorexic teen daughter, the distraught Jane has nothing to lose and in fact, gains more from Baldwin's coaching than she bargained for-with hilarious and poignant results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782970074885
Publisher: Eyes & Ears Editions
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dinah Lee Küng worked for twenty years as a reporter in Asia writing for among others, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and BusinessWeek. She won the Overseas Press Club's Award for Best Humanitarian Coverage in 1991 and her comic novel, "A Visit From Voltaire," was nominated for The Orange Prize for Fiction. She is the author of six novels and a number of plays, including the radio play "Dear Mr Rogge," which won a commendation in the BBC World Service Playwriting Contest of 2008. She and her husband, a retired International Committee of the Red Cross delegate, have three adult children and live in Switzerland.
(If she uses Sun Tzu's tactics for a happy household, she's not confessing and her husband isn't complaining.)

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Love and the Art of War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Crazy_Bunny_Lady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an unusual book & the main charceter found unusual way of trying to solve her relationship problem & actually made it work for her. It was good enough to keep me reading it until it was finished but I can't say it was a couldn't put it down type of book. Despite that,overall the book was a good read & i'd read more by her if given the chance in the future.
leahdawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Member Giveaway. In this romantic comedy, passive librarian (and "plain-jane") Jane finds herself enrolled in a continuing education class which covers the tenets of "The Art of War", and ends up using them to cope with a failing marriage, infidelity, parenting woes, and new friendships. I'm not sure exactly what I expected when I started reading this book, but I feel like I enjoyed it a surprising amount. I loved the wide cast of characters, from domineering Bella to the loveable Bookworms, all of the characters were very well written and had distinctive, life-like personalities and idiosyncrasies. The everyday life setting of the book veers of course briefly when Jane and her eccentric mother are kidnapped, but this doesn't interfere with the believability of the plot or the characters.Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. I would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys humorous stories. Even though I am usually not a romance fan, I found these aspects of the story to be very good as well.
arrwa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane, a librarian with her marriage on the rocks, decides to take a class to help fix her situation. Instead, she by mistake ends up sitting in a class about Sun Zu's The Art of War. At the break, she approaches her teacher to admit the mistake and switch classes but he end up convincing her that he can help her marriage with Sun Zu's 36 stratagems. Dinah Lee Kung takes the reader along with Jane on her journey to repair her marriage and learn how best to fight your enemy without direct attack. Jane learns a lot about the other people in her life and her class, but mostly about herself. I loved this book because the character of Jane is so richly developed that I feel like I know her. She is well spoken, well read, and quirky in all the ways a librarian should be. I also enjoyed how Kung did not shy away from incorporating the political current affairs of this age.
PennyAnne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won an e-version of this book in a Library Thing giveaway. I enjoyed this book very much - well drawn and believable characters in believable situations. I particularly liked that the book addressed the current demise of libraries in England (although this wasn't really part of the main point!). The main character finds herself inadvertently in an evening class studying the 36 stratagems of SunTsu and what she learns from these classes and how she applies the stratagems to her chaotic life make for a great read.
JMKennedy More than 1 year ago