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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Candide by Voltaire. Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in “the best of all possible worlds. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher’s immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that — contrary to the teachings of his distinguished tutor Dr.

Pangloss — all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire’s most celebrated work. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Dover Publications first published PanglossCunegondeCandide Voltaire.

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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [After the first few pages who with any kind of intellect would seriously want to continue to read this drivel?

I put the book in the trash regretting the money spent on it. Rik This book is a classic! A treasure of 18th-century satire. You’re either a troll or a troglodyte. Go and read the Hunger Games again. So, I loved Candide and am now interested in finding more books with otkmismo similar satire base writing style.

Micaela I’d go voltairee something like Catch, highly entertaining, absurdist and filled with black humor. See all 14 questions about Candide…. Lists with This Book.

Nov 20, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bienvenue au site Goodreads! Pour encourager les autresas one might say. So, what do you make of twenty-first century Britain? I am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament. Including, I don’t know, the Iraq War?

Bush had not started this very unpopular war, then the American voters otimusmo never have decided to choose M. All is for the best! Candide, you think that global warming and the impending collapse of the world’s climate is also for the best? Because of the global warming, la science et la technologie will be forced to make new avancespeople in all countries will start to work together, and we will enter a new golden age.

By making drug companies and researchers focus on What about Stephenie Meyer? Is she a good thing too? If only my dear Doctor Pangloss was here, he could explain to you View all 50 comments. Nov 27, James Lafayette Tivendale rated it really liked it Shelves: Voltaire’s novel introduces the reader to Candide, a wide-eyed, calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that “everything in the candico is for the best.


Here then begins Candide’s incredible, fantastical adve Voltaire’s novel introduces the reader to Candide, a wide-eyed, calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that “everything in the world is for the best.

Here then begins Candide’s incredible, fantastical adventure which takes him all over the globe with his mind ever believing in “The Folly of Optimism”. From being a soldier in the Bulgarian army to being shipwrecked, being involved with the aftermath of an earthquake to being robbed and swindled more times than seems fair.

Our hero has a lot of bad luck. One of the points of this book though is to present that it isn’t just Candide that bad things happen to and that the world is just pretty horrible. Tragic things happen to all our main characters including philosopher Dr. Pangloss and a nice old lady who saved Candide from certain death. The tale is humorously and satirically presented in short, sharp chapters by Voltaire.

Some descriptions of doom and degradation are presented in a comic fashion because if they were not they might be too unspeakable to keep us interested in reading about the negativity and heartlessness of humans.

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The novel features all sorts of nastiness such as rape, murder, prostitution and slavery among others. The only part of this book where Voltaire excludes any use of humour is when he talks about slavery after we meet a mutilated man. This is quite poignant when presenting all the diabolical activities that slavery doesn’t deserve any humour – arguably making this the crime Voltaire begrudges the most in this world.

Candide and his valet Cacambo, after nearly being eaten by indigenous people; arrive in Voltaire’s Utopia El Dorado. This was my favourite section of the book as this unobtainable existence is a polar opposite of everything that the two young men have faced so far. Gold and diamonds litter the streets as pebbles, there is no law, science advances to make the Western world jealous, no prisons and is opposite to the popular viewpoint of the story that “all is misery and illusion”.

The main plot progression throughout the book is Candide trying to find his love Cunegonde as he wishes to marry her which is his reason for stupidly in my opinion leaving this wonderful place. The whole cast is likeable. Some of the times they meet up with friends spontaneously all over the world is amazingly far fetched. Two of the main characters are previously mentioned optimistic philosopher Dr. Pangloss and ultimately pessimistic scholar and travel companion of Candide’s, Martin.

The juxtaposition here is very interesting. It is very “black and white” for these extreme viewpoints. There is no compromise or middle ground.

A great amount of philosophy is discussed throughout the book in conversations usually prompted by Candide who wants answers to how the world works.

It may very well be that he changes his optimistic opinion throughout the narrative. I probably shouldn’t like a book with so much negativity but it is incredibly written.

Both being high octane se transversing across the globe but with Candide’s undertones being a lot more macabre. My favourite scene was when Candide discusses classic literature such as Homer, Virgil and Horace to a King who dislikes everything. The problem with reviewing classic literature like this is that many greater wordsmiths over centuries have written more poetic and moving opinions.

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Yet, I enjoyed the book so much I had to write down a few blurbs of thoughts however much the quality is cnadido compared to previous critics. Thanks for reading, James.

View all 16 comments. Slightly disappointed with the next-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic in one sitting. Where has this one been all my life?

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I otiismo “Candide” because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts. It transcends literature itself. Compare this to Dante. I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of our poor fool.

This is made for someone, like me, who thinks “The Alc Slightly disappointed with the next-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic in one sitting. This is made for someone, like me, who thinks “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho isn’t all that!

View all 21 comments. The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the cause and effect philosophy of Leibniz and perhaps is best summarized in Voltaire’s leitmotif that human beings live in the “best of all possible worlds. Here is the nut of the problem: How can a good, omnipotent, loving God create a world in which so much catastrophic evil exists and which is so often allowed even to thrive? It is a question for the ages. Theologians argue that God created mankind with free will and without it they would simply be puppets without the freedom to make choices.

Theologians also point out that the majority of the evil resident in our world is perpetuated on vast masses of humanity by other human beings, not God, and that evil is the cause and effect of conflicting self-interests imposed by people with more power upon the less powerful. But toimismo point doesn’t explain why a ogimismo, all-powerful God would allow any of it to exist and endure.

Why not cast down all the devils and give his human creatures a perfect garden, a paradise on earth, without snakes anywhere? Why did God create the serpent in the Garden of Eden in the first place? Voltaire, like Rousseau, was an avid gardener and Voltaire jests at Rousseau’s good faith in the “Confessions” as if the latter were simply a country bumpkin.

But gardens have a great deal of meaning in “Candide” as in, for example, Milton’s “Paradise Lost” or “Genesis” and are thematically significant for Voltaire who concludes that gardens are, after all, a wise place to reside out of harm’s way.

Voltaire absolutely skewers the optimistic cause and effect pu Pope and Leibniz with a catalog candid tragicomic catastrophes which plague not only Candide and Pangloss but all of mankind infinitely.

Consider the Great Lisbon Earthquake of which burst suddenly out of nowhere with all its raging fires and tidal waves to destroy nearly all of the city and the ships in its harbor.