Candide - Voltaire [NOOK Book]

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Candide, ou l’Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt ...
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Candide - Voltaire

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Overview

Candide, ou l’Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016271583
  • Publisher: Luneta Press LLC (www.LunetaPress.com)
  • Publication date: 3/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 123
  • Sales rank: 671,319
  • File size: 158 KB

Meet the Author

Voltaire (1694–1778) was a major French figure of the Enlightenment. A prolific philosopher, historian, and writer, he produced almost every literary form, always in a very ironical and polemical style. Although he hoped to be remembered mainly for his plays, his philosophical tales such as L’Ingénu or Candide are today very well known and widely studied. Witty, concise, satirical, they are very representative of his style.
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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    OMG! SOOOOOOO FUNNNNYYYY! I could not stop laughing--but then a

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    SOOOOOOO FUNNNNYYYY! I could not stop laughing--but then again, not everyone understood the humor and irony of this book in my class. Me, on the other hand, enjoyed every bit of it! Such a witty book!

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Portrait of Voltaire

    If you're considering getting this version based on the "psychedelic peacock feathers", then you must know: This cover listing (as of this review) is the old version. The newest version in Dover Thrift Editions features a portrait of Voltaire on the front instead. Now on to what's really important.
    Candide is a fun story with several twists and turns that could only happen in fiction. The language is pleasurable if a bit misleading at times, though it is an older style. Some of the real places Candide visits and peoples he meets can be obscure to the uninitiated, but the notes in the back help somewhat. The book isn't very long, but I imagine one would return again and again since the plot is quite dense.
    A shame the back cover spoils the ending, even if it's in simple terms.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    amazing satirical work!

    i am 17 years old, and i heard about candide from a musical conductor. i was playing euphonium in a band and he was guest conductor- he chose 'candide suite' for us to play. he told us about the story and how it applied to the music. i was so curious that afterwards i went out and bought it. reading candide made me enjoy the music and understand it's sarcasm and wit so much more. i suggest this book to anyone, young or old, to read with an open mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Loved this book

    I read this book a few years ago, because I heard it was interesting. It certainly was! It's a short book about the adventures of Candide, an innocent young man who believes that the world he lives in is the best of all possible worlds - despite the horrible things that keep happening to him. I love this book because Voltaire, with great skill and humor, manages to show us the realities of life and his own philosphy of the world. Sad and dark core, clothed in Candide's sunny outlook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book, and you can't bear the price.

    Candide is a classic. As a philosophy major it was required reading. You will either enjoy this book, or you will be unable to understand it. The plot is meant to be ridiculous, because this is a satire. I often hear people complain about how "unrealistic" the plot is, they have no idea what they are talking about. It helps to go into this with some background info. And even if you buy it and hate it, this Dover Thrift Edition only costs $1.50.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Candide pulls through

    Candide was banished from his own town after the king caught, him fooling around with his daughter. Eventually the king lops off his wiener and sends him to the next town. Finally in the next town Candide builds up the courage to mingle with the opposite sex and eventually they strip down and she realizes he has nothing there. I give this book three stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    An ironic plot

    This book is about the misadventures of a young man named Candide as he searches the globe for his lost love. Its surprising plot twists were both interesting and humorous and kept the reader guessing as to whom Candide would run into next. This book is somewhat ironic in the fact that throughout the story, Candide continues to quote a philosopher of his time named Pangloss by saying that the present world is the best and that nothing could be better, but in reality he continues to run into misfortune and defeat but retain this oppotomistic attitude. Definitely a classic that will make you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    A funny and thought-provoking book

    This is a humorous mini-masterpiece that, unfortunately not many people probably read today. The plot is so twisted and unpredictable and full of dark comedy, while the major theme is kept in front the whole time. Undoubtebly one of the classics of world literature.

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