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Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world.

And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South Ame
Paperback, 94 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Dover Publications (first published 1759)
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 09, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
panglossian - adj. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.
If an English word came from a book's character, that must be something. If the book was written and first published in the 18th century and many people still read it up to now, that must be really something.

I thought Voltaire's Candide was a difficult boring slow long read. Wrong. Exactly the opposite. It's an easy, very entertaining, fast-paced and short (only 100 page
David Lentz
"Candide" is an accessible masterpiece which demonstrated to the world Volatire's genius as a satirist. The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the cause and effect philosophy of Leibniz and perhaps is best summarized in Voltaire's leitmotif that human beings live in the "best of all possible worlds." Alexander Pope rather laughably made the same outrageous claim in his "Essay on Man" in which he writes, "Everything that is is right." How can thi ...more
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Zounds! This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide's awful adventures. Who would have thought that murder, rape, slavery, sexual exploitation, natural disaster, pillaging, theft, and every other oppression imaginable could be so funny?

Here's some pretty good insight from the old woman with one buttock:

"I have been a hundred times upon the point of killing myself, but still I was fond of life. This ridiculous weakness is, perhaps, one of the dangerous principles im
Rakhi Dalal
I loved Candide! It is such a brilliant satire on the ideas observed through the glass of rosy eyed philosophy. “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”!!!

Candide, a young fellow, believes that whatever happens is for the best, courtesy his tutor Dr. Pangloss. The writing covers a number of unfavorable happenings and incidents, which should have been sufficient enough to let him abandon the colored glasses. But voila! Our man Candide is one optimist! He continues believing even
Feb 24, 2008 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
While fruitlessly searching for something decent to read, I invariably come across a ton of acclaim for total hacks being labeled as ‘master satirists’. God that pisses me off, especially since none of those books are worth a damn, and while the authors wrongly think they have something interesting or unique to say, the thing that really disheartens me is that someone out there agrees with them. For each of these books, there should be a simple label affixed to the front cover that reads ‘Not As ...more
Mike Puma

3.5 stars rounded up for its Classic-ness.

Everyone knows this story, don’t they? A gentle-hearted and dimwitted pretty boy has his life turned upside-down, repeatedly, and in the most reprehensible ways—not just him, everyone he knows or admires or loves—all for the love of a woman* whose name is, presumably, premised on a joke, a pun, for female genitalia.

Yes, folks, a charming little picaresque which, in addition to being an extended opportunity for risqué jokes, afforded Voltaire a much-ne


Poor Candide! He falls from one misadventure to another, getting kicked out of his home, drafted into foreign armies, gaining a fortune, losing a fortune, chasing the object of his desires the globe over, and almost burned at the stake as a heretic. All the while, his childhood teacher and traveling companion Dr. Pangloss rationalizes every turn of events as "for the best".

The all-knowing Universe would never let anything happen unless it was for the best. This is, after all, the best of all pos
Aug 11, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: optimists, anarchist, pacifists and 1001 readers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: comedy pianist Tim Minchin
This book is on the 1001 list and as a 1001 lister you might think that this was what prompted me to read this book. Think that and you would be wrong. Want to know what really prompted me to read this?

I wrote a letter to Mr Sony
I said, "Hey S-sony what's g-going down?
I've got a record and I reckon it's wicked
And I th-think you should s-spread it around."
He said, "Hey Tim, I quite like your work
He said, "It's clever and quirky
But I promise you this:
You could be clever as Voltaire
But it won't get
If you can imagine a smooth blend of the Book of Job, Dante's Inferno, Cervantes' Don Quixote and Butler's Erewhon, with the addition of a heavy dollop of extra absurdity, you are getting close to the nature of Candide. That absurdity is what makes the tale funny and without it, it would be an unpaletable concoction.

There is a good deal of social and political satire, something I often find to be a little weak; it's easy to point and laugh, harder to say what might be better. Voltaire, does howe
This book does not stick so well in my memory in either a negative or positive way, but I think this comes from the book being a mixture of two things which I could not feel more differently about: allegory and satire.

The first I find to be as silly and pointless as Aesop or Passion Plays. Characters in an allegory are oversimplified symbols, and so cannot comment on the nature of actual human beings. The style is already so firmly affixed to cultural states and norms that it cannot really say a
mai ahmd

من الأدب الساخر بطلها يدعى كانديدوترجمتها حسب ما قرأت هي الساذج
تقوم الرواية على فكرة أن العالم ملىء بالشر وإن الإنسان عليه أن لا يسرف بالتفاؤل ولعلها فعلا كما ظن جاك جان روسو كانت الرد على رسالته التي وجهها إلى فولتير والتي تنتقد النظرة التشاؤمية التي يكتب بها فولتير وإن كان يظن أن فولتير لم يطلع على تلك الرسالة مع إن كل الدلائل تشير لعكس ذلك ، ينتقد فولتير هذا العالم الممتلىء بالقسوة فالكل في هذه الرواية يبدو شريرا .. كما إنه لا توجد قوانين أخلاقية تجمع بين البشر ..بل المنفعة والأنانية والسل
This is quite a remarkable book – a satirical attack on the notion that we live in the best of all possible worlds and that therefore all that happens in such a world invariably happens for the best. Voltaire is supposed to have written the whole thing in barely three days – a rather productive half-week.

What I found particularly interesting here was the discussion of war – how the horrors of war are presented in such an off-hand way and almost invariably the utter inhumanity of what is describe
This is a truly hilarious satire which starts with poor Candide being kicked out of the castle where he was born and brought up, after he falls in love with the baron’s daughter, Cunegonde. Then his troubles begin, and he ends up travelling all around the world looking for his beloved.

Candide experiences trial after trial, each one as bad and as far-fetched as the last. However, the way in which these trials were described did not make one feel too sorry for him; the story had more of the feel o
What a blistering criticism of blind prejudice, ignorance, religious dogma, class distinctions and the stubborn opposition to newer ideas and thoughts! I fully understand now why Voltaire's writings helped fuel the French Revolution.
Having never read anything by Voltaire before I didn't know what to expect, but he being known as one of the greatest French philosophers of all times, I was prepared for a tedious and complex novel.

I couldn't have been wronger.

"Candide" is a satirical short tale, without ornaments, straight to the point, which describes the crudeness of human nature. We follow Candide and his friends travelling around the world and suffering all king of imaginable vicissitudes while trying to believe what thei
Ahmed Oraby
رواية مضحكة جدًا
وممتعة لأبعد حد
أعجبتني سخرية فولتير من كل شئ الحقيقة
سخرية من اليهود
وحتى المسلمين الأتراك
مليئة بالأفكار العظيمة ولكن بأسلوب بسيط
تتخللها فلسفة بسيطة للغاية
وتتجلى فيها رؤية وأفكار فولتير الفلسفية الساخرة
والتي جرت عليه النقد الشديد للغاية
كان يمكن أن تعجبني لو كنت قرأتها منذ ثلاثة قرون مثلًا
أحسست أني عدت بالزمن للوراء
تجربة جميلة جدًا مع فولتير
Origem do nome Cândido :Latim.
Significado : puro, ingénuo, inocente.

“ Que é isso de optismo? – perguntou Cacambu.
- Ai! – respondeu Cândido – é a teimosia de sustentar que tudo está bem quando tudo está mal.

Pangloss, preceptor de Cândido, defendia que não havia efeito sem causa, que se vivia no melhor dos mundos e que estava provado que tudo foi feito para um fim e mais para o melhor dos fins.

Também Cândido acreditava que não havia efeito sem causa, tudo estava necessariamente encadeado e arranj
Benjamin Duffy
I think that Candide is probably the type of book that enriches the reader the deeper he or she delves into it. It would probably reward repeated readings. It would probably reveal deeper layers of satire and absurdity if it were read in the original French. It would probably take on deeper shades of meaning if it were read in conjunction with any of the commentaries that have been written about it over the past 250-odd years.

Having said that, I'm not going to do any of those things. I have way
This was the best book for me to read at this moment in time! Right now, things have gone wrong with us financially, physically, emotionally and in just about every way. The last time this happened, I picked up Why Bad Things Happen To Good People and it felt "right". This time around, the satire and black humor was just right for me!

One thing that is really cool is that Candide's story is timeless, even though it was written in the 18th century! At some point, most people suffer and some more s
I don't know quite how it happened, but this book has come up again and again over the past month. Though I read it in college and enjoyed it then, I had forgotten exactly what made Candide so brilliant.

It's not the characters. Though, to be fair, the characters are remarkable. A hopelessly naive protagonist you feel tremendous sympathy for along with a remarkable cast of characters from nobles to ne'er do wells, priests to prostitutes, philosophers, fanatics and fiends connect you with Voltaire
Hamid Hasanzadeh
صدها بار خواستم خودکشی کنم ولی همیشه زندگی را بیشتر دوست داشتم. این مرضِ مسخره، شاید از بدترین غرایز باشد؛ چیزی احمقانه تر از این هست که باری را که می توانی روی زمین بگذاری بر دوش بکشی یا در ترس و وحشت زندگی کنی و همواره با آن بچسبی یا ماری را نوازش کنی که تو را می بلعد تا قلبت را نیز بخورد؟

در کاندید ، ولتر دیدگاه ساده لوحانه و خوش بینانه لایبنیتز، مبنی بر این که همه چیز در دنیا خوب است را ، به طرز زیرکانه ای زیر سوال می برد. کاندیدِ جوان که در قصر بارون زندگی می کند به گناه بوسه ای بر لبان دختر
Jan Rice

I found Candide to be somewhat tiresome. After a few of the reversals in fortune suffered by the protagonists, I began to lose track. It was all over-the-top. Although Voltaire reportedly wrote it in a three-day inspired spurt of creativity, he could have just as well done it in half the time and at half the length, as far as I was concerned. At the same time, I know the book is important historically and would have been far from tiresome in its day, hence the third star. I'd been reading about
Humans really do have a great capacity to be miserable…

I dare not propound any way with which to look at this piece of writing – I’m hardly equipped to do so. I just want to say that I greatly enjoyed reading this. The circumstances and twists in the fates of all the characters were so fantastical as to be probable, unbelievable enough to be actually quite possible.

In the center of it all is the hugely naïve, pitifully gullible, but steadfastly noble and generous Candide. Through this character’
Alice Poon
In reading this review, please be warned that I have only limited knowledge of philosophy.

I'm just going to record what I was able to grasp. The moral of the story would appear to be that since there is a limitless amount of unpredictable chaos in life, much of which is catastrophic, evil and wretched, be they man-made (like rape, war, massacre, plague, religious intolerance) or from force majeure (like earthquake, shipwreck), that one can be easily tempted to give up all hope on mankind, but t
I'm not a big fan of whimsy and satire, but this was an amusing read. It required some research on my part in order to attempt to recognize the subjects Voltaire was skewering. I'm sure I didn't understand all of it, but at least I've now read up on Leibniz's optimism, which claims that since God is omnipotent, omniscient and benevolent, this world we live in must be the best possible of all worlds. Evil is merely "shadows in a beautiful picture", as Candide suggests, and all things happen for a ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I didn't expect this book to be so funny! What a nice surprise. The story is a lampoon of the phony, foolish "optimism" that says, "This must be the best of all possible worlds, because this is the way the world is." Even though the book was written over 200 years ago, it is still timely. It applies today to the ridiculous people who say that "thinking positive" will make everything work out.
Voltaire's conclusion, after all of Candide's experiences, is that we must "work in the garden." To me th
Cathy DuPont
Sep 28, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Trevor Lee
I've heard Voltaire's name so many times, read the title of this book numerous times but never read this book. Well, until now.

Fortunately for me, our library had this edition, a beautifully illustrated edition of the satirical book which was originally published in France in 1759 by French philosopher, Voltaire.

If there is no rain, how can anyone appreciate the sun? If there is no pain, how can anyone appreciate pleasure?

Voltaire's character is quite the fellow, always looking on the positiv
Dec 01, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Optimists, pessimists, galley slaves, natural philosophers, atheists

"You are very hard of belief," said Candide.
"I have lived," said Martin.

Candide, or Optimism was Voltaire's satiric refutation of Leibniz's Theodicy. What I got from reading it before I read up on its history was that Voltaire was basically addressing the Problem of Evil in a particularly farcical matter, by presenting a couple of naive and foolishly optimistic characters who believe (having lived lives of ease and privilege) that they live in the best of all possible worlds, ruled by a benevo
C'est le premièr livre que j’ai lu en français. J’ai déjà lu ce livre il ya quelques années, mais en anglais. Mon français est toujours mauvaise; j'espère qu'il s'amèliore.

Dans le meilleur des mondes possibles, ce livre aurait encore été plus courte. Dans le meilleur des mondes possibles, ce livre aurait été plus agréable. Et dans le meilleur des mondes possibles, mon français serait mieux. Mais malheureusement ce n'est pas la meilleur des mondes possibles.

I still remember when I first caught si
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