October 8, 2010

Review: Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo De Santis




Dalessius is twenty when he comes to work for one of the Enlightenment’s most famous minds, the author and philosopher Voltaire. As the great man’s calligrapher, Dalessius becomes witness to many wonders—and finds himself in the middle of a secret battle between the malevolent remnants of the all-but-dead Dark Ages and the progressive elements of the modern age. The calligrapher’s role in this shadowy conflict will carry him to many perilous places— through the gates of sinister castles and to the doors of a bizarre bordello; toward life-and death confrontations with inventive henchmen, ingenious mechanical execution devices, poisonous fish, and murderous automatons. As the conspiracy to halt the Enlightenment’s astonishing progress intensifies, young Dalessius’s courage—as well as Voltaire’s unique cunning and wit—are put to the ultimate test as they strive to ensure the survival of the future. 

When you have a couple of hours to yourself, you really should open up this book.  It's a fast, fun read that will get your mind going.  Voltaire's Calligrapher is an instant classic.  It's smart, witty and engaging.

Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo De Santis
HarperCollins Publishers
9780061479885
October 5, 2010
149 pages
$14.99 US






Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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21 comments:

clynsg said...

Sounds like a really different look at historical fact.

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debbie said...

This sounds really good, I would like to read it.

Katy F. said...

Hmmm, I am intrigued. I think I've never seen a novel that focuses on the Enlightenment like this...

Deb said...

My kind of book!

hendy said...

Sounds like a great book, a kind of magical mystery-how fun.

TheSharpTeethOfLove said...

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I hadn't heard of this before- it sounds fascinating!

Laura H. said...

Doesn't sound like a "fast, fun read" but I'll give it a try.

Julie said...

This sounds really good.

pmernick said...

A good review of what sounds like a good read!
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Hey, I want to read that! said...

Thanks for the great review. This sounds like the perfect Halloween read. I look forward to reading this one.

sweetpea18 said...

sounds interesting. i'd love to read it!

Bethie said...

Sounds good!

Historical Writer/Editor said...

I like the sound of that book. History is one of my favorite subjects, and it seems it was well written here.

jhitomi said...

I'd never heard of this before but now I really want to read it; it sounds like an intelligent book which is kind of rare these days!

Janelle said...

Sounds like an interesting unique take on Historical Fiction.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Best wishes,
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Angela K. said...

I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and also very fond of Voltaire (I read his work in high school & then saw the play Candide in college). I really want to read this!

Randominities said...

I would love to read this book!

I have to commend you about you entry qualifications.

Thanks so much for having entrants read to the synopsis. With just the titles I might have entered book giveaways that I didn't want.

Anonymous said...

"Candide" is one of my favorite books!

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tallcapp said...

Historical novels are a genre I really enjoy reading. This one sounds quite good and since I have not read any about Voltaire, I think this would be interesting.

Angela Livingston said...

OMG This sounds awesome! Voltaire is one of my greatest all-time heroes.

purango said...

It sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to read it. garrettsambo@aol.com