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The Philosopher's Kiss: A Novel (edição: 2011)

de Peter Prange

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In 1747 Paris, Sophie falls in love with married philosopher Denis Diderot, who is collaborating with authors to create an encyclopedia of all human knowledge, a project that threatens to undermine both the monarchy and the church--as well as Sophie's right to freedom, love, and happiness.
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Título:The Philosopher's Kiss: A Novel
Autores:Peter Prange
Informação:Atria (2011), Hardcover, 432 pages
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Only read the first hundred pages... not bad,but mediocre romantic stuff not worth my time. ( )
  keithostertag | May 7, 2020 |
A wonderful, delightfully written historical novel that takes place in 18th century Paris. This gives us a first hand look at the making of the infamous Encyclopedia, for which so many were persecuted. And especially gives a look at the man responsible for the undertaking Denis Diderot and his consort Sophie Volland.

I found this novel a treat to read. For one day I was able to immerse myself in a story of love, betrayal, intrigue, political horror, and faith.
I highly recommend The Philosopher's Kiss. And I give it Five Stars and a Big Thumbs Up!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and I was under no obligation for review. ( )
  texicanwife | Nov 11, 2013 |
Who will win the hearts and minds of the 18th C. Frenchman: The Church or The State? How about neither? It's the philosophers who ultimately come out on top once Denis Diderot secures the writers and publisher for his monumental undertaking, a multi-volume Encyclopedia.

This book is best when it discusses the ideological battles between the Church in the person of Father Radominsky and the State's representative, Chief Censor Malesherbes. It is at its weakest when Prange trots Jean Jacques Rousseau out on stage to make a cameo appearance.

Because the novel has two central figures -- the first, the encyclopedia and the second, Sophie -- it may be off-putting to some readers who try to balance their reading experience between an intellectual abstraction and an entirely personable girl/woman.

On the other hand, the book can be enjoyed for its historical portrayal of the times and actions surrounding the birth of radical scientific and political views in royal France and for the humanistic heroine who becomes a philosopher in her own right.

It is the romance between Sophie and Diderot that stitches the novel together, for better or worse. If you have to choose a side -- and I did -- in order to enjoy the book, at least you have two worthy choices. ( )
  Limelite | Aug 7, 2013 |
France - Mid to late 1700's
Historical fiction of philosophers - primarily Diderot, but introduces many others who were involved with him at this time and the beginnings of the first Encyclopedia.
Having no particular prior knowledge of this era, I enjoyed the history.
The story of Sophie and her complex life, involvement with Diderot and the French royal court is not light reading - took me several tries - having to check out the book again months later. Counts as one I'm glad to have made the effort.
Read in 2011 ( )
  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
The story takes place in the mid-18th century. When Sophie is a young girl, she is forced to witness her mother's burning at the stake for sorcery. Years later, as a young women, Sophie, leaves her small village for Paris. There she eventually meets Denis Diderot, a philosopher who will begin work on an Encyclopedia, containing all human knowledge." This monumental work will, of course, cause a direct threat to the monarchy and the church.
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! ( )
  melaniehope | Mar 8, 2012 |
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