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Candide Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher s immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that contrary to the teachings of his distinguished tutor Dr Pangloss all is not always for the best Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire s most celebrated work


About the Author: Voltaire

Complete works 1880 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris Jesuit educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12 He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London There he wrote Lettres philosophiques 1733 , which galvanized French reform The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal s famed wager on God Voltaire wrote The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing Voltaire s French publisher was sent to the Bastille and Voltaire had to escape from Paris again, as judges sentenced the book to be torn and burned in the Palace Voltaire spent a calm 16 years with his deistic mistress, Madame du Chatelet, in Lorraine He met the 27 year old married mother when he was 39 In his memoirs, he wrote I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind He dedicated Traite de metaphysique to her In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God It was not published until the 1780s Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories After the earthquake that leveled Lisbon in 1755, in which 15,000 people perished and another 15,000 were wounded, Voltaire wrote Po me sur le d sastre de Lisbonne Poem on the Lisbon Disaster But how conceive a God supremely good Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves, Yet scatters evil with as large a hand Voltaire purchased a chateau in Geneva, where, among other works, he wrote Candide 1759 To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy writer lived for 18 years until his death Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it the infamous thing He wrote Frederick the Great Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world Voltaire ended every letter to friends with Ecrasez l infame crush the infamy the Christian religion His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty 1762 went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God Voltaire wrote that a true god surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough, or inspired books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror He also published excerpts of Testament of the Abbe Meslier, by an atheist priest, in Holland, which advanced the Enlightenment Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary was published in 1764 without his name Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned It was published in 1769 as two large volumes Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in 1762 Voltaire s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial in 1765, during which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession In 1766, Chevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation D 1778.Voltaire 1694 1778 , pseud nimo de Fran ois



10 thoughts on “Candide

  1. Manny Manny says:

    Bonjour, M Candide Bienvenue au site Goodreads Qu en pensez vousIt s OK, we can speak English Pour encourager les autres, as one might say Eh superI mean, good So, what do you make of twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympathiqueI am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament It is a great moment for la d mocratie Now there will be des lections, t


  2. James T James T says:

    Voltaire s novel introduces the reader to Candide, a wide eyed, calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that everything in the world is for the best One of the first scenes is filled with two emotional opposites for Candide who first gets to kiss his love, Cunegonde behind a screen, only to then be kicked out of the castl


  3. Fabian Fabian says:

    Slightly disappointed with the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic IN ONE SITTING J S Where has this one been all my life I adore Candide because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts It transcends literature itself.Compare this to Dante To Shakespeare I could not help but smile at all the a


  4. David Lentz David Lentz says:

    Candide is an accessible masterpiece which demonstrated to the world Volatire s genius as a satirist The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the cause and effect philosophy of Leibniz and perhaps is best summarized in Voltaire s leitmotif that human beings live in the best of all possible worlds Alexander Pope rather laughably made the same ou


  5. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I dedicate this review to my dear friend Roger, a writer of inspiring reviews This is in great part in answer to your question Do you ever read anything light Roger made me think what major literature work, as nothing less would do , that I read would fit the definition of light Of course, Candide came up front to my mind And what makes Candide so brilliant and hilarious Not one think, but var


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others If the world was created to drive us mad, as one character in Candide suggests, it is quite well suited for its purpose and running like a fine tuned machine If, on the other hand, everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds, as the optimist philosopher Pangloss claims in admiration for Leibniz idea of a benevolent, p


  7. Fergus Fergus says:

    I m afraid this classic and long winded anarchist rant is still as much Over the Top as it always was for me.YesStill a bit much indeed.Sure, I see what Voltaire is railing at Effete philosophically liberal posturing without a heart.But aren t theorists of all stripes NOWor less heartless Ah, for the old Kantian daysNo wonder we re at our current impasse everywhere Sure, I know where Voltaire is co


  8. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    panglossian adj characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity. If an English word came from a book s character, that must be something If the book was written and first published in the 18th century and many people still read it up to now, that must be really something.I thought Voltaire s Candide was a difficult boring slow long read Wrong


  9. Chris Chris says:

    Zounds This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide s awful adventures Who would have thought that murder, rape, slavery, sexual exploitation, natural disaster, pillaging, theft, and every other oppression imaginable could be so funny Here s some pretty good insight from the old woman with one buttockI have been a hundred times upon the point of killing myself, but still I


  10. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Consider me dramatically and unequivocally unimpressed I did not laugh once I do not engage with stories that are simple allegory to represent a philosophy I want a little bit of substance I want some storytelling involved.Call it a product of its time if you like, but laziness is the word that comes to mind I won t waste any words here.


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