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Candide (Enriched Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Special Edition, June 1, 2005
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Voltaire rips on the aristocracies around the world (not just French!), religion, ignorance and male-dominance; and uplifts liberty, freedom of thought and speech and the scientific method by a "series of unfortunate events" that the protagonist goes through. His subtle wit and satire leave a much stronger mark on the reader than the contemporary empty, loud and goofy comedies. The stories are not just philosophical rants about the author's opinion, rather he exposes the weaker sides of the era's social/religious beliefs, and leaves the interpretation and "moral of the story" to the reader.
If you are looking for a hearty laugh, that is also intellectually stimulating, I strongly recommend this book.