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3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,015 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
The sensational bestseller—a parody of Voltaire’s satireCandide—about the sexy naïf who only wants to truly give of herself

Candy, that perfect, adorable, innocent girl, was born on Valentine’s Day, and her Daddy says that’s why she’s so beautiful. At her College in Racine, Wisconsin, in Professor Mephisto’s lecture on philosophy and how “deep and aching are the needs of ma
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Published May 3rd 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1958)
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mark monday
if the difference in appeal between reading pornography and reading erotica is in the artistry of the language and the sophistication & depth of the emotions conveyed, then perhaps the difference between reading erotica and reading the erotic literary novel is in the richness of its thematic elements. right? Candy's depiction of a very horny 50s america is also a depiction of the various obsessions and bugaboos of that time period, and in that way it is somewhat interesting. thematically. so ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Kandice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was awful. Just...awful. I would like to say it reminded me a bit of S. by John Updike, but that resemblance is backward. Anyone who has read S. will know what I mean.

I'm glad I knew, going in, that this was a satirical novel because if I thought it was serious I would not have been able to finish. Is it erotica? I guess, but the way in which Candy is painted as a such an innocent slut (talk about an oxymoron!) is offensive.

2/14 - I've been reading other reviews and feel I should add a not
Oct 14, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few are the books which deliver on all possible levels and to all possible audiences, and Candy reigns supreme as their undisputed queen. There are those who might disagree with me, but there are also folk that don't believe dinosaurs existed since they aren't mentioned in the Bible. So don't be a hater; get up off your Candy(less)-ass, drum up a plan to finagle a copy of this book, and jump on the bandwagon of the winning team.

I have absolutely no doubts that my persuasive intro convinced you
Acquired via interlibrary loan. Salacious comical odyssey of a young girl's carnal initiation. Written in 1958. This will be my entre into the world of Terry Southern (apart from films). If it's really good, I'll tackle "The Magic Christian" or "Blue Movie" next.

Blazed through the first 73 pages on the bus and would have continued if not for pending family business. I actually laughed aloud on the bus when I came to this, spouted by the lascivious Aunt Liv: "I'm in the mood for cock and p
Jun 09, 2016 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
One of my all-time favorite films is Barbarella, and that's where I first encountered Terry Southern's name, as one of its screenwriters. Now, while I was reading Candy I couldn't help but notice remarkable similarities: Candy Christian behaves more like a battery-operated talking fuckdoll than a human being, just like... Barbarella. Candy is comprised of a series of disconnected events (calling it a "plot" is something I have a lot of reservations about.) just like Barbarella... however Candy i ...more
L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time)
Dec 20, 2011 L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Are you kidding me?
Shelves: books-i-hate
WTF? Seriously, WTF? What is this supposed to be? Satirical? Scandalous? Titillating? I'll tell you what it is - one big W.T.F. It's one wtf scene after another about Candy Christian (a walking/talking blonde moment who has Britney Spears' habit of somehow losing her underwear) and all the men who are trying to get into her "honeypot," her "jelly box," her "snapping turtle," her "fur pie," her "spice box," her "thermal pudding," her "lamb-pit" - yes, lamb pit. Because her "precious little honey- ...more
Krótka, acz intensywna opowieść o Candy – młodziutkiej studentce, która wkracza w świat erotyki. Dziewczyna jest przekonana o tym, że dopuszczając mężczyzn do siebie, pomaga im ulżyć w cierpieniu. Może to jej łatwowierność, a może siła autosugestii i wspomniana wcześniej wymówka sprawiają, że.. hm… powiedzmy, że coraz mniej cierpiących przebywa w jej otoczeniu. ;)

Książka jest oparta na „momentach”. Niektóre mniej, niektóre bardziej działają na wyobraźnię. Większość z nich już na wstępie jest tak
Feb 22, 2014 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Candy was way ahead of its time. Total litporn (which is the vogue these days). A two-hour read at most with some laughs ("Derek" the hunchback) and some shocks (the Buddha's nose). Typical early-1960s era Olympia Press traveler-wank trash. And if the youtube trailer is anything to go by, the movie is not faithful to the book - going for a Laugh-In vibe, an aren't-we-naughty-wink-wink all-star cast (Richard Burton?! Marlon Brando?! JOHN ASTIN?!!? RINGO STARR?!?), rather than, well, the surreal m ...more
Allison Floyd
Eh. I was really intrigued by this book, but it got old quickly, to the tune of rinse, wring, repeat. Read a chapter or two and you have the general idea. Ever. So. Shocking. Maybe it would help if I'd read Candide, which this purportedly satirizes. I'm just sorry that I didn't read it in a public place, what with the lurid cover posing the question: is it a YA book? Is it porn? Is it--YA porn?!?

Wasted opportunity.
Jan 10, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a few times the summer between the 6th and 7th grades.
Candy taught me to refer to grown-up lady-parts as honey pots and spice boxes.
I wish I had known at the time that this was supposed to be satire.
Elf M.
Oct 30, 2011 Elf M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Candy by "Maxwell Canton" (a psuedonym for Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg) is a 1958 novel that is apparently fondly remembered by lots of its fans for its breathless descriptions of an excessively naive, manipulable and attractive young lady as she careens through one bizarre encounter after another while a rolling cast of late-50s stereotypical characters attempts to seduce her: her teacher Professor Mephesto, her Uncle Jack and his wife Livia (who apparently also swings wildly between co ...more
Ron Grunberg
Mar 11, 2008 Ron Grunberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book gives one a quite sober look at the sexual mores of our times, and at the same time is a ridiculous romp of sexual improbability throughout the towns of Racine, Wisconsin, New York City, a mining town in Minnesota, somewhere in India, and Llasa, Tibet. This book is the rawest experience with sexual explicitness, I believe, one could possibly read. If one would guess which book of all books might have been banned, one would guess this one (and of course it was).

Yet the implausible scene
Mark Ballinger
I read this alongside Candide, hoping to illuminate both stories, having understood that Candy was a commentary on Candide. I very much enjoyed Candide. Not so much this book. Apart from pins stuck in butts, I find no parallel.

What's most disappointing is how boring the book is. My sixth graders write better than this, and I would venture that would include the sex scenes too. These guys seem to understand the mechanics of sex kind of like an 11 year old might.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
I would never have thought that I will be able to find erotic pastish that awesome as in works of Marquis de Sade! And "Candy" is just like that - as if Sade and Voltaire had written it together just for fun. Over the top, somewhere between philosophical tale and satire of the one, with freudian twist at the end.
Jul 20, 2016 AmjadDeeb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern's funniest and most artistic novel. I thought The Magic Christian was flat and Blue Movie was just, well, there aren't words. You'd speculate that it was because Candy was co-written with Mason Hoffenberg (given the genesis account of how Hoffenberg was recruited by Southern to help him finish the novel when he got stuck, and then they wrote and posted chapters back and forth to one another) but if that was the case then did Southern's subsequent fame depend largely on the fact that he ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this so long ago (1973) that I had to go to Wikipedia to see what it was about. All I remembered was that it was a mediocre book and that I had to go to the movie to see if I could make some sense of it. I found "The Magic Christian" to be one of Southern's better books, and even that wasn't that great for me.

You have to read these books with a sense of history, though. When this was written, the sexual revolution was in its infancy. People were still uptight about anything that was out o
Day Rusk
Dec 23, 2014 Day Rusk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m trying desperately to understand Candy. Written in 1958 by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, I could easily look up original reviews and analysis of the book and piggy-back onto them; that would be the easy route, and the one which would best serve to illustrate my intelligence, but would also be a cheat – I either got it or I didn’t.

Candy Christian is a beautiful, sexy, naive young woman who, unfortunately for her, has no problem attracting the attention of the opposite sex. She is a you
Aug 24, 2008 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Prison inmates.
This book can't hold a candle to Terry Southern's demented, roll-on-the-floor-hilarious "The Magic Christian", though I did laugh out loud, for the wrong reasons, at least once. Candy is an idiot, and an ultimately annoying, mundane character. The once-scandalous situations are simply corny, if not ludicrous.
Oct 06, 2008 Werebot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horny dullards.
Goofy wack-off material posing as "satire". Southern wrote Dr. Strangelove, which I've always thought was overrated as well. This material is very dated, and if there's a point behind all this incest and mind-buggery, i don't know what it is. I'll toss it a couple of stars for including hunchback sex, though.
Aug 11, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Perverts and Prepubescent Literati
Breezy, episodic, comedic smut. Follow the adventures of Candy Christian's sweet honeypot from Racine to Lhasa, from avuncular pseudo-incest to real incest while being sodomized by the nose of Buddha. Everyone wants Candy!
Mar 03, 2007 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the banned books- a great movie made in the 60's with a star-studded cast. it's a great experience to watch richard burton and james coburn in their element
Jun 13, 2016 Downward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a plotless satire of '50s morality, Candy strives to find comedy in the sexual misadventures of the titularly dickensian Candy Christian. The targets here are prudeness, stupidity, and new age entitlement, but a lot of the time it feels like it's punching down. We laugh at Candy for her innocence as she enters each new situation but each new situation (if robbed of the satirical caricature) actually becomes quite harrowing. Candy fucks a homeless man. Candy fucks her therapist. Candy fucks a mon ...more
Nov 02, 2007 Xio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
F'n great, see the film!
Gary Garth McCann
I discovered Candy first in high school and recently re-read it. Referencing Candide, the young Candy sees everything that happens to her as "the best of all possible worlds." What stuck with me from the book since high school was the expression, "shit fuck a piss," yet upon re-reading it I discovered the phrase is actually "fuck a shit piss" (I need these expressions for trying to get my computer to do things). The book wasn't quite as funny now as it was to me in high school, but I still enjoy ...more
Elizabeth B
May 05, 2011 Elizabeth B rated it liked it
First off let me say: if you don’t have a sense of humor or are sexually repressed then don’t read this book. You’ll be offended and that’s not fair to the author or you as a reader. I had surprisingly never heard of this book when I came across an ARC galley of it. Apparently it is being re-released and I can’t comment on whether the text of the 2011 copy is the same as the original and/or an altered edition. On to the review.

I laughed out loud at parts of this book. I just kept thinking over a
Brooke Bove
Let me say that the story of "Candy" stands on its own. It's pretty good without knowing anything about "Candide" or Voltaire. I kept meaning to do a little research on Voltaire and his famous creation before reading Candy. But I always thought about it when I was not near a computer or when I didn't have time, etc. So the other night I just picked up Candy and started reading. Before I knew it, I was 100 pages in. I finished it two evenings later.


To tell you any more of the plot would do n
Jun 02, 2009 Blake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I found this book at a local library sale buried amongst a bunch of bland old bestsellers, and I went ahead and picked it up because it looked different and provocative enough to warrant the spending of my $1. Let me just point out that I can't find the edition with the cover my paperback has, and if I came across either of the covers Goodreads displays, I never would have glanced twice at this book. I'm actually glad for the fact that I wasn't turned away by a pseudo-romance cover, but I'm not ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Eija rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, 2013, classics, rape-y
Candy is searching for enlightenment but all she finds is sex. We're animals. I get it.

There are ridiculous slapstick comedy moments in this book, unfortunately, most of them happen when Candy is trying to say no to sex and a man is trying to force or trick her into saying yes. Or just being persistent in trying to grab her boobs, or stick it in her honeypot. At one point (what am I kidding, this happens a lot), a man does trick Candy into getting into her pants and two other men are mad they di
Jan 19, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, I had to search for a copy of this book that didn't have a cover that made me feel ashamed of holding it in my hand. I found a bookclub edition with a sort-of-post-Impressionist-painting cover that I could live with, and I completely avoided the edition that is pictured with this listing, which was apparently designed by a twelve year old with a "Lite-Brite" background, a yen to design for "Crumpled Tissue Productions", and access to the sluttiest high school student in the Tri-State ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pr0n, satire
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Terry Southern was a highly influential American short story writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and university lecturer noted for his distinctive satirical style. He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village; he was at the center of Swinging London in the sixties and helped to change the style and substance of Hollywood ...more
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“Good Grief,” cried Candy, in a very odd voice, “it’s Daddy!” pushing her hands violently against the gardener’s chest. “It’s Daddy!” 1 likes
“Mr. Christian gave his exasperation-sigh and went on with his peach salad, unable to keep his fork from shaking a little, but managing, with certain effort, not to drive it suddenly into his chest.” 0 likes
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