Candide by Voltaire

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Candide is a satirical novel published in 1759 that is the best-known work by Voltaire. It is a savage denunciation of metaphysical optimism--as espoused by the German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz--that reveals a world of horrors and folly. This pocket-sized, illustrated hardcover edition makes a lovely addition to any reader’s library.

In Voltaire’s philosophical fantasy, naive Candide sees and suffers such misfortune that he ultimately rejects the philosophy of his tutor Doctor Pangloss, who claims that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Candide and his companions--Pangloss, his beloved Cunegonde, and his servant Cacambo--display an instinct for survival that provides them hope in an otherwise somber setting. When they all retire together to a simple life on a small farm, they discover that the secret of happiness is "to cultivate one's garden," a practical philosophy that excludes excessive idealism and nebulous metaphysics.

Voltaire’s mordant satire of philosophy, religion, governments, the military and practically anything else you could mention is as entertaining today as when the pages first rolled off the press back in 1759.
 

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Voltaire is a prominent and prolific author, artist, and merchadising powerhouse in the alternative culture market. Never one to rest, he jumped at the chance to do What Is Goth? writing half of it while on a tour of various comic conventions and events. He lives in New York City... where else... and has an extensive touring schedule to support his various musical, print, and other ventures. Rooney has written extensively on modern science, technology and contemporary issues for young people. She has worked in the computer industry for about 20 years, as well as advising educational bodies on various technological matters.
 
Published March 30, 2011 by Dover Publications. 146 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, History, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Voltaire's Candide focuses on the enlightenment of a very naïve young boy who is influenced by his teacher, the philosopher Pangloss, who teaches him that this is "the best of all possible worlds" and therefore everything in it and everything that happens is not only good but the best that could ...

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Sarah Reads Too Much

I fully agree about the notes - I read the project Gutenberg version, skipped all notes, finished in a day and a half, thoroughly enjoyed it, and only then did I have a look at the notes.

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