Candide and Zadig (Complete)
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Candide and Zadig (Complete)

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Voltaires razor-sharp satire on philosophical optimism, Candide, is coupled here with another of the authors most celebrated works, Zadig. Both challenge the moral and philosophical orthodoxies of the day with humour and sly wit, whilst parodying the clichd formulas of so many contemporary novels. Candide traces the fortunes of its titular character, a staunch optimist who...more
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Published August 1st 2008 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1966)
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The two stories contained in this paperback are very similar. Both are satires and romances of some sort, each focusing on a main character, one who gets through life on his wits, the other gets through life on his luck of stumbling on a land of riches. Both travel the world in hopes of being reacquainted with the women that they have fallen in love with.

Candide is a written to kind of laugh at the philosophy of "optimism", which, the editor notes, was very common philosophical lean during the t...more
Danny Bobby
I read Candide about a month or so ago and loved it, so I decided to check out the story of Zadig. This story definitely has a similar feel to it as Candide, but it leans ever so slightly more toward the "feel good" side of the scale.
"A masterful satire on the follies and vices of men." � Masterpieces of World Literature on Candide

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A section in the middle of Candide gets a bit boring, but Voltaire quickly recovers. Overall, hilarious and brilliant. If you want evidence that humanity has always been idiotic, Voltaire provides plenty. (i only read candide.)
Miriam Fitting
Young man travels epically in 1700s (?), tries to ive life according to philosophy, discover true philosophy, ltimatly fails and is miserabe. Highly humerous, much biting sarcasm and wit.
Oh, Voltaire. Such wit, such sarcasm.
One of my favorites! I love Candide!
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In 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris. Jesuit-educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12. He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille. Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London. T...more
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