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
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, … more
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 … more
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.