Candide

Candide

Book - 2003
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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 distringuished 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.

Baker & Taylor
The story of Candide, a naive youth who is conscripted, shipwrecked, robbed, and tortured by the Inquisition without losing his will to live comes alive in a new edition of this classic eighteenth-century novel by the distinguished French philosopher. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents the story of Candide, a naive youth who is conscripted, shipwrecked, robbed, and tortured without losing his optimism and will to live.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003, c1959
ISBN: 9780553211665
0553211668
Branch Call Number: PB FIC VOL
Characteristics: 115 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bair, Lowell

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Nymeria23
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?

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lReaderl
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!

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niqikrystine
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.

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john_doh17
Apr 22, 2014

A must read for every optimist.

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Joshua716
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...

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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