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Candide (original 1759; edition 1759)

by Voltaire

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Member:DrDelirium
Title:Candide
Authors:Voltaire
Info:Renaissance Classics (2012), Paperback, 144 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fiction, Satire, French Literature, Philosophy

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Candide by Voltaire (1759)

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    Weasel524: What separates the two: Travels is a satirical indictment of the society Swift saw around him, whereas Candide is a satirical indictment of popular philosophical theories of the time. Not a huge difference, but surely large enough for some. Candide also happens to be shorter and funnier, with Travels being more explorative… (more)
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Candide is a naive and trusting boy who goes on an adventure to find his love after her home is ransacked by soldiers. His adventures are unbelievable and numerous. This was a piece of satire by Voltaire, and within the story many of his opponents in the scholarly field are attacked via irony. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
In a constant barrage of hilarious, yet fairly accurate to history horror show: another war between the french and the english, the Lisbon earthquake and the inquisition's response to it, colonialism; Candide barely survives "this best of all possible worlds" according to his philosophy professor and a popular doctrine of the time period proposed by Leibniz (the argument not being that this world is free of evil, but given our species, it's the best we can achieve - for if we were capable of optimizing our world in any facet, God would have created that one instead). His experiences teach him that humanity is shit overall:

"Do you believe that men have always slaughtered each other as they do today, that they've always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates and thieves, weak, fickle, cowardly, envious, greedy, drunken, miserly, ambitious, bloodthirsty, slanderous, lecherous, fanatical, hypocritical and foolish?

Do you believe that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they find them?"

But in too small doses it does redeem itself individually. He ends with hope.

"Man cannot obliterate the cruelty of the universe, but by prudence he can shield certain small confines from that cruelty." Cultivate your garden!

Pretty keen on Voltaire now. ( )
  dandelionroots | May 21, 2017 |
Candide is not just a great philosophical dialect nor a dark comedy play but a journey of the coming of age. It is amusing going through all those adventures that remind me of Sinbad's adventures and then turning them into a theme of despair though ending with "we must go and work in the garden "! (maybe its Voltaire's final JOKE).
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1 vote Dumbedore_return | Apr 29, 2017 |
If someone said within my hearing or in print "this is the best of all possible worlds," I'd shrug it off as extreme optimism and pay no mind. Voltaire took enough effrontery to compose this short novel which is still famous for its satire some 250 years later. There's plenty of funny in its very darkest shade, and enough horrific violence to rival anything being published today: scandal, conscription, rape, murder, pillage, mutilation, disease, disaster, inquisition, genocide, adultery, slavery, shipwreck, kicks in the backside, you name it. These characters can hardly catch a breather for all of the terrible things that keep happening to them. Some of it is historical-based, like the Lisbon earthquake and probably the Bulgarian war. Voltaire's rebuttal is loud and clear. ( )
1 vote Cecrow | Jan 25, 2017 |
Tragedy and comedy presented in sharp contrast satirising the optimism of certain philosophies. ( )
1 vote kale.dyer | Jan 15, 2017 |
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Classique, nous avons tous lu Candide, soit pour le bac soit par curiosité (je l'espere ). Bon personnellement Candide est loin d'etre mon préféré de Voltaire, agassant par sa naiveté etc. J'ai préféré largement l'Ingénu, meme s'il reprend les memes thèmes, je l'ai trouvé mieux écrit avec plus de finesse.
 

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Voltaire was the wittiest writeer in an age of great wits, and _Candide_ is his wittiest novel. The subject he chose to exercise his wit upon in this novel is one which conceerns all of us; surprisingly enough, that subject is the problem of suffering. However much we may try to avoid the problem, we are all confronted at some time with this difficulty, that the Creator has made a universe where suffering abounds. If the Creator is good and all-powerful, as we are told he is, could he not have made a better world? If he could, what prevented him? If he could not, can we still believe that he is good and all-powerful? Can we indeed believe in him at all? Or if we do, can we believe that he is at all concerned with men and their sufferings? In times of widespread disasters such questioning becomes more general and more urgent. We are living in such times; and so was Voltaire. [Butt's introduction]
There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by Nature with the most agreeable manners. You could read his character in his face. He combined sound judgment with unaffected simplicity; and that, I suppose, was why he was called Candide. The old family servants suspected that he was the son of the Baron's sisteer by a worthy gentleman of that neighbourhood, whom the young lady would never agree to marry because he could only claim seventy-one quarterings, the rest of his family tree having suffered from the ravages of time. [Butt's translation]
In the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh in Westphalia there lived a youth, endowed by Nature with the most gentle character.
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"Fools admire everything in a celebrated author. I only read to please myself, and I only like what suits me."
"'Tis well said," replied Candide, "but we must cultivate our gardens."
“Why should you think it so strange that in some countries there are monkeys which insinuate themselves into the good graces of the ladies; they are a fourth part human, as I am a fourth part Spaniard.”
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Witty and caustic, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. In the story of the trials and travails of the youthful Candide, his mentor Dr. Pangloss, and a host of other characters, Voltaire mercilessly satirizes and exposes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government.
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Witty and caustic, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. In the story of the trials and travails of the youthful Candide, his mentor Dr. Pangloss, and a host of other characters, Voltaire mercilessly satirizes and exposes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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One of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. Witty, caustic skewering of romance, science, philosophy, religion, government - nearly all human ideals and institutions.

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