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Candide, Zadig, and Selected Stories

by Francois Voltaire

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Worth reading because of candide. Ingeneous was good then messed up on the last paragraph, and Zandig was interesting ( )
  wikiro | Jun 22, 2009 |
In this philosophical fiction, Zadig is a young nobleman in Babylon who has everything going for him. He is rich, smart, just, sensitive, and caring. And yet, every time he tries to do something good, a series of coincidences and misunderstandings conspire to have him punished. Fate being as it is, he ultimately escapes punishment after punishment, only to once again find himself jailed, torn away from his true love, hunted and/or enslaved.

Voltaire is an excellent satirist, and the footnotes in my copy of the book point out many parallels between the characters in Zadig's Babylon and Voltaire's contemporary French court. While my knowledge of Enlightenment history is pretty vague, I still found Voltaire's jabs at his rivals to be entertaining and his pokes at bureaucracy to be timeless. While this story is somewhat of a philosophical and political fable (which makes it sound kind of dry), it is also very very funny, insightful, and a quick and satisfying read.

The same can be said for the selected short stories also included in this volume. Although he sometimes gets a little bogged down in the religious feuds between the Jesuits and the Jansenists, in many of the stories Voltaire focuses his keen eye on social and philosophical issues that still ring true today.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2009/02/zadig-1747.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Feb 22, 2009 |
A must read, and a fast read to boot. A Panglossian view, anyone? ( )
  exlibrisemk | Mar 8, 2008 |
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Voltaire's Candide is quite probably the most celebrated work of eighteen-century French literature.
In Westphalia, in the castle of My Lord the Baron of Thunder-ten-tronchk, there was a young man whom nature had endowed with the gentlest of characters.
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Voltaire, France's most distinguished man of letters, entertained readers while deriding the bureaucracies of his day with savage contempt, creating exotic panoramas in his satirical stories, sixteen of which are presented in this volume. This indispensable collection features the author's masterpiece, Candide.

Candide parodies the classic, romantic coming-of-age story, with the naive, ever-optimistic title character confronting the evils of the real world. His forbidden love of a baron's daughter causes Candide to be evicted from his home and sheltered life into a desolate sixteenth-century Europe—where the strong prey on the weak and misery abounds in the heart of humanity. With Candide and the other stories in this collection, the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity.
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With Candide-a classic parody of the romantic, coming-of-age story-and the fifteen other stories in this indispensible collection, Voltaire derided the bureaucracies of his day with ruthless wit. His dissections of science, spiritual faith, legal systems, vanity, and love make him the undisputed master of social commentary.

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Contains modern translations of stories by the eighteenth-century French author, including the title selection about a simple, optimistic man whose travels take him from one disaster to another.

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