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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.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1991
Characteristics: ix, 94 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 25, 2016

A strange, satirical, over-the-top philosophical book following the travels of Candide as he searches for a way to be with his beloved Lady Cunegonde.
Philosophical themes such as optimism, pessimism, and pragmatism are woven into the novel, and the absurdities that occur amidst their cruel world really bring these philosophical ideas to light.
Is everything for the best? Can everywhere eventually achieve a status such as Eldorado's?
Or is life just boredom and suffering?

Aug 31, 2015

I absolutely loved the literary devices used in this book of literature. I truly felt that I could understand the story and it was very well written. A great classic read!

Aug 04, 2015

A brilliant and witty classic

Levi_1 Jul 03, 2014

Its hard to believe that everything happens for a reason and sometimes even I doubt it myself, other times I truly believe it. For example when I came to take this book out, the computer for placing holds was broken, so I quickly questioned the librarian on what to do, she attempted to fix it but all her effort was in vain, soon I simply asked for her to point me in the right direction for this book, quickly I found it and brought it to the self checkout center, and now the book could not be checked out. Again I came to her dumbfounded she checks the book on the liberian desk and tells me that the book is mine to keep because the data base did not have it in the system, of course after consulting with her superiors. I didn't take this event with a grain of salt because it is hard to believe that life is coincidental, and I want you to think about your life as well.

Apr 22, 2014

A must read for every optimist.

Jul 19, 2012

Ok novel, although some parts were somewhat strange. Despite those parts, it was well written but I do not entirely reccommend teens reading it. Overall, I do not think the book should be banned...but do not make it required reading on the other hand...

Jul 06, 2012

Candide has been called a "philosophical romance." Do we live in the "best of all possible worlds" as Leibniz asserted? Voltaire pokes fun at Leibniz by personifying his philosophy of optimism in the character of Dr. Pangloss, Candide's philosophy tutor and sometime traveling companion. The Oxford English Dictionary confirms that Leibniz coined the word "l'Optimisme," and that the word optimism "owes its general diffusion to the satirical attack upon the doctrine by Voltaire in Candide ou l'Optimisme." Professor Robert Knapp says: "Candide tells the story of a young man ousted from paradise for having engaged in certain experiments in physics with the daughter of a German baron; after many disastrous adventures in the old and new world, Candide rejects the optimism of his mentor, Pangloss, in favor of simply cultivating one's own garden."

wilstyles Jan 04, 2012

I had no idea this book was so funny! My introduction to Voltaire and I'm ready for more.


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Jul 06, 2012

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."


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