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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Arrived very quickly. Nice format, great for taking places on the go. Print is a bit small, but overall very good.Published 6 months ago by Melissa
good condition, came with letter and bookmark. there is no reason not to give five stars. Very funny book humor shines throughPublished 9 months ago by cameronn mulligan
Candide (optimism), first published in 1759, has a lot to do with destiny, and how everything in preordained. Read morePublished on March 15 2008 by Sam
The style of exposition used in this book is reminiscent of The Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Sean K.
Candide is a short satirical work that questions if this world is indeed the best of all possible worlds, as 'Liebniz's disciples' believed. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by MrSherlockHolmes
I had some hesitation about reading Candide but I found that this book has mirrored my own thoughts on how life is. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by DJ_Bitter
I loved this book the first time I read it in college. But after re-reading it, I've concluded that while Voltaire has a lot going on in this story, there is a simple formula... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Luis M. Luque
This is a french book. French books are, of course, often french, but this one is frencher than most. Ah, Pierrot! Reading this fine french book makes me the sad clown of life. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Loudon Is A Fool
I didnt know what to expect from this book at all, but decided to pick it up. I had heard of Voltaire, and found out that Candide was one of his masterpieces. BINGO! Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by A. Lacasse