Candide

Candide

Book - 1988
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Caustic and hilarious, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss, who was himself a disciple of Leibniz. In the course of his travels and adventures in Europe and South America, Candide saw and suffered such misfortune that it was difficult for him to believe this was "the best of all possible worlds" as Dr. Pangloss had assured him. Indeed, it seemed to be quite the opposite. In brilliantly skewering such na#65533;vet#65533;, Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government -- the ideas and forces that permeate and control the lives of men.
After many trials and travails, Candide is reunited with Cunegonde, his sweetheart. He then buys a little farm in Turkey where he and Cunegonde, Dr. Pangloss and others all retire. In the end, Candide decides that the best thing in the world is to cultivate one's own garden. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Publisher: Toronto : Bantam, 1988, c1959
ISBN: 9780486266893
0486266893
Branch Call Number: VOL
Characteristics: 122 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

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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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