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I read this book based on a recommendation in r/books and was not disappointed. Voltaire has a singular brain and everyone should peer into it at least once. It's an immense statement on the Condition of Man, and the fact that it hasn't changed much from his time to our says a lot about the nature of our species. It's a menagerie of the sorts of things we do to each other, the ridiculousness of politics, love, social rank, religion, war, science, and just about anything else you could think if. The fact that this book speaks across the ages and is still relevant means something. ( )
Juvenal once said, "It is difficult not to write satire", meaning that even if he put ink to paper with different intentions, his worldview would press him on in one direction. He and Voltaire would have got along famously, I suspect.
Vaguely read and listened to the audiobook. Can't say I found it particularly funny—it seems I must be a tad too serious for satire. Never quite liked, or got the hang of it. Don't let my words deter: I'm obviously in the minority.
Fast-paced and interesting if you enjoy satire. Basically a criticism of Liebnitzian Optimism, Pessimism, religion (especially Catholicism), governments, and society. Amusing and humorous. Easy read.
I read this in my last year of high school. I had developed a taste for political satire. Clearly a classic.
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The History of Candide, or, All for the Best, with Zadig, or, Destiny an Oriental History, with A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy - the three complete in one volume by Voltaire
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Every lover of classic literature should read Candide, the satirical masterpiece that shocked Paris upon its publication in 1759. The novel challenges many of the core assertions of Enlightenment philosophy and calls into question vast swaths of Christian dogma. Though widely banned after its publication, it propelled Voltaire to literary stardom and remains one of the most popular French novels ever written..
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)843.5Literature French French fiction 18th century 1715–89
2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
Editions: 0143039423, 0140455108
Yale University Press
2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.
Editions: 0300106556, 0300119879
2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.
Editions: 1400100445, 1400111080
An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.