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Telling the tale of the good-natured but star-crossed Candide (think Mr. Magoo armed with deadly force), as he travels the world struggling to be reunited with his love, Lady Cunegonde, the novel smashes such ill-conceived optimism to splinters. Candide's tutor, Dr. Pangloss, is steadfast in his philosophical good cheer, in the face of more and more fantastic misfortune; Candide's other companions always supply good sense in the nick of time. Still, as he demolishes optimism, Voltaire pays tribute to human resilience, and in doing so gives the book a pleasant indomitability common to farce. Says one character, a princess turned one-buttocked hag by unkind Fate: "I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our most melancholy propensities; for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one's very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?"--Michael Gerber
A true classic, believed to be the first literary satire written c. 350 years ago, still relevant to our time. "This is the best of all possible worlds."Published 15 days ago by Voltaire
really old book. read it 60 years ago and am now using it to teach fellow residents here in the garbage dump for old people (nursing home) how to cope with being here.Published 1 month ago by Jonas B.
The first pessimistic novel/novella is not a bad story; in fact it reminds me of George RR Martin's books in a lot of ways. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W.K.G
Quite enjoyable and a quick read. Voltaire is amongst the greatest of philosophers.Published 2 months ago by allan sousa
I appreciate the value Candide has as, shall we say, a cultural building block -- you can see how it influenced generations of satire, particularly Brecht's Mother Courage and Her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank Lawler