A satirical masterpiece from the master himself: Voltaire. Candide is blown by the winds of fortune every which way, but manages to remain convinced that no matter how inhuman the violence, no matter how senseless the suffering, all things continue to work out for the best.
In Candide, Voltaire whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune, in teh company of Pangloss, a 'metaphysico-theologo-cosmolo-nigologist' of unfliching optimism. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth century satire.
A classic! Good, quick read.
"In Candide (Voltaire) whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortunes, in the company of Pangloss, a 'metaphysico-theologo-cosmolo-niologist' of unflinching opinion. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth-century satire."
The book helps give you a different perspective of the world and of life. It shows you an evil world from a simpletons point of view who was raised by an optimist. It's the inspiration for Forrest Gump.
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire, written by Voltaire in 1759. Frequently described as face paced the book begins with a young man, Candide, living in the castle of Barons Thunder-ten-tronckh being taught by Pangloss, a philosopher who believed in Optimism. The book follows the tale of Candides expulsion from this life and his suffering of the hardships of this world. Candide loses his mentor and pickes up another, Martin, who is a pessimist the two men argue about philosophy.
The book bases events on real historical happenings, the Sevens Years war, the Portuguses Inquisition, and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. This book did cause quite a stir when first published it was banned because of the religious blasphemy and political sedition, in this the best of all possible of worlds. This book is closely related to Swifts Gullivers travels, published 1726.
Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not outright rejecting optimism, advocating an enigmatic rule, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds".
2 tapes, 3 hrs. Read by Michael York. English translation, of course. A classic satire that really is a philosophical treatise.
This translation from the fench can be a little stodgy, but if you keep with it, it's actually a great read.
Weird, at times gross, also real crazy. Really good though.
This book comes with footnotes and endnotes to provide context for some of the popular and cultural references in Voltaire's time. This is a fantastic satire of the philosophy of optimism. Although not a popular movement these days, it is still easy to appreciate the mental lashing he gives to followers of optimism.
The story is a frenetic rush from one crazy encounter to the next, with ill-fortune and dispair always growing along the journey. The morale of the story is that everyone is doomed to a miserable existence, but it's a fun read, I swear!
For anyone who loves the French or classics. Moral to this tale.
This is a witty, satirical tale about the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Candide travels around the world to discover that contrary to the teachings of Dr. Pangloss, all is not always the best. I enjoyed it very much and found Voltaire's wit to be funny and intellectually enlightening.
Had the book for years and have never read it!