Candide, Or, Optimism

Candide, Or, Optimism

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The story of Candide, a naive and guileless optimist who is conscripted, shipwrecked, robbed, and tortured by the Inquisition without losing his will to live comes to life in a dramatic new rendition by the award-winning translator. 12,500 first printing.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2005.
Edition: Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679643135
Branch Call Number: 843.5 Volt
Characteristics: xvii, 119 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Constantine, Peter 1963-
Alternative Title: Optimism


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May 16, 2010

Another surprisingly readable classic, very accessible and very funny. This short work gives huge points on the well-read meter. Unfortunately, even at less than 100 pages, it still managed to drag on a bit. I certainly didn’t get all of the jibes and in-jokes, but it’s impossible not to see the humour and the point being made when you satirize the idea that this is the best of all possible worlds.

I was a bit miffed that the author was anti-racist, religiously tolerant, and unbiased by class, yet still had the main character want to dump his fiancee when she lost her looks.

Jun 20, 2006

Voltaire's most renowned work lives up to its expectations. His style of writing keeps the reader thoroughly interested with only a few slow spots. His description is imaginative but not overdone. If you like this wonderfully written masterpiece, Leonard Berstien used the novella to create a comical operetta that is also very entertaining. Enjoy!


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Jul 09, 2013

"Candide" by Voltaire, read by Jack Davenport

Candide is cast out and must make his way in life, having been taught that "All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds," but finds that there is much that is wretched, unjust, and painful; along the way he meets up with a series of coincidences that would be a perfect fit in any Dan Brown novel, but here used for comic effect.

I recently read a book that billed itself as inspired by Candide, so I decided to read the original. (I should have started with this one and not read the other.) This is seriously laugh-out-loud funny. Wish I had read it in high school. The voice the reader used for Candide reminded me of a young Michael Palin, so that's who I imagined throughout, which was perfect.


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