Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Francois Voltaire

Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

byFrancois VoltaireTranslated byTheo CuffeIntroduction byMichael Wood

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2005

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"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"
 
It was the indifferent shrug and callous inertia that this "optimism" concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the "all for the best" approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters, not to mention the questions of illness and man-made war. Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging, and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering entailed. In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies, and a reversal of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a "metaphysico-theologo-comolo-nigologist" of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth-century satire.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Title:Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101549742

ISBN - 13:9781101549742

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short read, humourous Short and easy read, one of Voltaire's most popular works. Incredulous and hilarious.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quick and funny This is a very fast read. It is witty and at times philosophical.I would recommend this book for anyone trying to expand their reading 'net'
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satirical genius! Voltaire is a satirical genius and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not a particular fan of the ending as - in my opinion - it feels like Candide steps out of character in relation to Cunégonde; but, overall, a good conclusion. If you're intimidated by Voltaire, don't be intimidated by Candide; I feel like it is a very accessible work, even if you're not completely familiar with all the historical elements being satirized. I do suggest doing a little reading on Voltaire before jumping in (15 minutes on Wikipedia would do) as I feel that a brief history of Voltaire's life definitely made me appreciate the book even more. I have also discovered what has become one of my favourite quotes: "Fools admire everything in an esteemed writer. I read only to please myself."
Date published: 2016-12-19

From the Author

"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"It was the indifferent shrug and callous inertia that this "optimism" concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the "all for the best" approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters, not to mention the questions of illness and man-made war. Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging, and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering entailed. In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies, and a reversal of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a "metaphysico-theologo-comolo-nigologist" of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth-century satire.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.