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52 Ratings: 3.4
A French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire.

Candide, ou l'Optimisme (pronounced /ˌkænˈdiːd/ in English and [kɑ̃did] in French) is a French satire  written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled … see full wiki

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6 reviews about Candide
review by . June 13, 2011
Lowell Bair's notable translation of a popular classic, almost marred by a mediocre foreword
Voltaire's fictional critique of Leibnizian optimism is as relevant, hilarious, touching and profound as it was when Arouet penned it in the midst of the eighteenth century. Voltaire's urbane knowledge and keen intuition were deftly intertwined here as he presented a blunt, brutal, painfully accurate depiction of an unkind world as it existed in his time, one that pummels the colorful cast of this exciting novella. As with almost all of Voltaire's satire, no infamy remains unexposed, …
review by . May 25, 2010
   I was (predictably) assigned this book for a literature class and loved it. It was the first I'd read of Voltaire, and I've recently picked up a copy of 'The Complete Tales of Voltaire.'      Written toward the height of the Enlightenment period and prior to the French Revolution, 'Candide' is an outrageous satire in which nothing is safe. War, religion, death, disease, love, wealth... It's all questioned, and picked on, and ridiculed. References to …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
On the one hand, the structure of his novel Candide is Homeric, it is the journey narrative, the hero with a thousand faces, but it is a satirical restructuring of that classical motif of the hero on a quest. What is the importance of the quest in Candide? What is the quest about in the classical sense? The quest is about learning.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
incredibly clever and insightful
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
It a masterpiece from the French literature but I found it difficult to read and appreciate without explanations from literature teachers for instance
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
great and funny satire,lots of twist and turns.Poor Candide!!
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