Candide, ou l'Optimisme

Candide, ou l'Optimisme

by Voltaire

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A picaresque novel by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. Voltaire never openly admitted to having written the controversial Candide; the work is signed with a pseudonym: "Monsieur le docteur Ralph", literally "Mister Doctor Ralph."

Sardonic in outlook, it follows the naïve protagonist Candide from his first exposure to the precept that "all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds," and on through a series of adventures that dramatically disprove that precept even as the protagonist clings to it.

The novel satirizes naïve interpretations of the philosophy of Gottfried Leibniz and is a showcase of the horrors of the 18th century world. In Candide, Leibniz is represented by the philosopher Pangloss, the tutor of the title character. Despite a series of misfortunes and misadventures, Pangloss continually asserts that "Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles" ("All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.").

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BN ID: 2940158880346
Publisher: Patrick Constantin
Publication date: 09/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 94 KB

About the Author

Voltaire is the pen name of François-Marie Arouet, a French philosopher from the Enlightenment.

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Candide Ou L'Optimisme 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
yenzie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's easy to understand, after reading Candide, why Voltaire wasn't high on the hit-parade of the Church and certain aristocrats.
snorkeypie More than 1 year ago