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Candide and Other Stories

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,129 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews

Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering
Hardcover, Everyman's Library, 307 pages
Published November 3rd 1992 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1759)
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Anthony Vacca
Jul 10, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anthony by: Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
After dismissing Candide as something probably dumb for the better part of twelve years, I decided to finally read Voltaire’s most famous work, thanks to the prodding of fellow GR-er Nathan “N.R.” Gaddis , who in turn gets all his best ideas from Steven Moore, such as choosing this English translation as opposed to all the others. In any case, I’m happy to report that Roger Pearson’s translation of Candide is the cat’s pyjamas. Never has rape, mutilation, murder, amputations, public burnings an ...more
En esta selección de cuentos del filósofo francés Voltaire, uno de los máximos exponentes de la Ilustración, no están todos los recogidos en el volumen Romans et contes (1778), pero sí los mejores. No me suele ocurrir que me encanten todos los cuentos de un autor, pero en este caso así ha sido. Los cinco cuentos reunidos en Cándido y otros cuentos (1974) son filosóficos. Voltaire los escribió con el fin de hacer reflexionar al lector.

En el primer cuento, titulado «Memnón o la sabiduría humana»,
Adriane Devries
Candide is perhaps sixteenth-century French philosopher Voltaire’s most memorable work. It is his anthem of a world view that challenges the naïve notion that all of man’s troubled existence is “the best of all possible worlds.” Voltaire moves his protagonist Candide through every conceivable trauma available in his time period: enlistment in the army, beatings, shipwrecking, robbery, torture by the Inquisition, and separation from his beloved Cunégonde, for whom all his sufferings began; expose ...more
I only read Candide but I feel like that's enough Voltaire for now, although I did enjoy exploring the text in detail. His use of satire and intelligent vocabulary makes for an enjoyable read, but knowing the background information kinda completes the experience. A good read for my course yay
Jan 19, 2016 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
At seven stars for Candide, and three stars for the other nearly identical Voltaire works included in this book (Ingenu, White Bull, Zadig and Micromegas), the average neatly comes out to a hearty five stars. I'm not sure if it's just the work of this translator, but the writing and biting sarcasm feels very modern; perhaps Voltaire's antipathy is something people of any age can relate to. The writing easily reaches out through the ages, giving a finger to the modern reader in a sarcastic voice ...more
May 02, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There may be some dispute about what the purpose of philosophy should be, but one strong contender is that it should be about seeking the good life and finding happiness. In this selection of stories, Voltaire, the philosopher’s anti-philosopher, shows many characters seeking happiness in different ways, and we get to see just how elusive that happiness is.

This volume comprises six stories. Candide is of course the most famous one, and tells the tale of a young man dismissed as a servant and for
Jackie "the Librarian"
Another one I read in French class, although I cheated and got a copy of the English translation.
What a wacky story! We live in the best of all possible worlds, according to Dr. Pangloss. And yet Candide suffers through trial and tribulation, and meets the victims of terrible situations. Mainly, I remember something about women forced to slice off one butt cheek each to have something to eat.
Absurdity at its finest.
J.T. Wilson
Five of the arch-scoundrel's tales compiled in one volume but diminished by their similarity to one another.

The title story is a classic: a cartoonish aggregation of improbable adventures, miseries and implausible escapes in which the hapless knave Candide must travel the globe and survive torture, murder, earthquakes, mutilation and the Spanish Inquisition in order to win the heart of his inamorata Cunegund.

The supporting material comes off as so many inferior versions. The eponymous hero in
Rikkert Kuijper
Apr 12, 2016 Rikkert Kuijper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read Candide, which is what I bought the book for. If the rest is terrible I might update the stars somewhere in the future. But as for Candide:

Hilarious. I've rarely read anything so blunt, so unabashed, so destructively satirical. I really noticed what an incredibly shallow image you get of people through standard education. I always imagined ''The big three'' Montesquieu, Rousseau and Voltaire to be dry men of never ending jargon filled political essays, that aroused some elite and
Apr 11, 2014 Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2014, z-spring-2014
garbage book
Eliana Rivero
Mar 24, 2015 Eliana Rivero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quien piense que la literatura y la filosofía no pueden estar ligados, no ha leído a Voltaire. Las dos novelas cortas (porque Cándido y El ingenuo deberían ser consideradados como novelas cortas) y los cuatro cuentos que nos presenta este autor francés, representante de la Ilustración, son sus versiones altamente paródicas sobre los cuentionamientos en torno a la vida. A parte de la vida y sus intrincadas tragedias, se cuestiona mucho las corrientes de pensamiento que imperaban en esa época (sig ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Crishell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy includes these stories:
Candide (of course)
The Ingenu
The White Bull

Among all five stories, my favourite is the “The Ingenu” because it was simple and yet concise and very meaningful. Candide and Zadig are two similar stories (in my opinion) the ideas and wits are the same. I enjoyed every bit of Voltaire’s witty short stories. It’s not that FUNNY (like The Family Guy or SNL type of humour by today’s modern world) but it must have been a good laughing experience reading Volt

"The Baron was one of the most powerful noblemen in Westphalia, for his castle had a door and windows."

Now,that's funny. And so are all the disasters and contretemps imaginable that beat down on our hero Candide.

I appreciated Voltaire's biting philosophical satire that Candide is - it's funny in places and keeps the story going without dwelling on the finer points of philosophy, which explains its tremendous popularity when it was published and got banned by the Pope.

The story, however,
Evi Routoula
Τα δύο αστεράκια δεν είναι για τα διηγήματα του Βολταίρου αλλά για την άσχημη μετάφραση και την κάκιστη έκδοση. Κάποια στιγμή οι εκδότες , κάποιοι από αυτούς, όχι βέβαια όλοι, πρέπει να συνειδητοποιήσουν ότι δεν φτάνει ένα καλό κείμενο. Η μετάφραση είναι σημαντικότατη στα ξενόγλωσσα έργα, είναι ένα είδος συγγραφής. Επίσης η επιμέλεια σε οποιοδήποτε κείμενο είναι επιβεβλημένη και όχι προαιρετική.
May 12, 2016 Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: naughty-classic
This is a wonderful collection of short stories including the famous Candide first published in 1759. I did not know what to expect of Candide or indeed anything from Voltaire; but I found Candide an immensely funny and clever tale. I now gather that it has been highly regarded since it was written (except of course the Catholic Church that banned it at the time for its insightful arguments against religious ideas and doctrines). The turn of phrase is skilfully funny and pithy. Candide is a Germ ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Nynke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
3,5 stars.
Megan Villasenor
this book shows how Candide went from Riches to rags. he goes on a long journey just to find what he thinks is the main purpose of life. there is a lot of repetition in the book and miscommunication. at first the repetition is unseen and you're confused on how it happened, but later on it becomes funny, ridiculous and foreseen. the book tries to answer many philosophical questions about life throughout Candide's journey and we see how Candide tried to answer them in a humorous way. however, over ...more
Aaron Zimmerman
Mar 26, 2014 Aaron Zimmerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with incredible tragedy. From Candide to Pangloss to Miss Cunegonde to the old woman to the other great characters in the story, they all help create a very depressing tragedy. However, despite these struggles and all their life experiences, they all manage to come together and learn from one another. The best part of the story is when Candide goes to a village in the remote village of Eldorado. They discover a new way of life, outside of all the religious persecution and all the ...more
Brittany Barth
Apr 16, 2014 Brittany Barth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voltaire's Candide is a wonderful tale of the journey a man will embark on to reach his true love. Though devastating losses and euphoric victories Candide and his fellow travelers encounter, Voltaire pulls you into the story and makes you feel as though you are right in the center of the action and traveling the world with these dynamic characters. Embedded in this classic tale are countless opportunities to discover different ways of looking at the good and bad situations that will inevitably ...more
Io capovolgerei il titolo. Seriamente.
Candido è confusionario, assurdo nell'accezione negativa del termine, e scritto evidentemente solo per: 1) illustrare il proprio pensiero; 2) rispondere alle accuse o lanciare frecciatine verso altri personaggi di rilievo.
Gli altri racconti sono molto meglio. Non mancano il pensiero filosofico e le frecciatine (una su tutte: quella a Swift, e "al posto che solo lui citerebbe e che io non nomino perché rispetto le signore"), ma ci sono anche storie e person
Aug 18, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saddened by the great Lisbon earthquake that killed tens of thousands Voltaire penned this classic story of a simple man enduring countless adversities and hanging on to the notion that all works out for the best and that this is the best possible of worlds.

This brand of positivism that was espoused by many including Leibniz was essentially the idea that everything has some good attached to it, even great evil. Voltaire couldn't see how this could be and attacked this in Candide. Voltaire hated
May 16, 2008 Leila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I wrote "I have rich lady cheekbones" on the inside back cover. I have no idea why.
Mj AL-Hadad
I was introduced to Voltaire in my Medieval Europe course and I decided to give Candide a try since it is considered one of Voltaire most prominent works. Candide is a naive and an optimistic man who goes through terrible experiences and gets expose to the cruel and corrupt nature of humans, institutions and governments. It is also filled with philosophical lessons, the most significant is that work is the only way to make life bearable.
Micromegas illustrate the nature of beings and how dissatis
Joshua Neil
Voltaire's three main stories are largely similar- a young, naïve man travels Europe, learning more about the ways- counterintuitive and insidious that they are- of the politics and people across the continent.
Voltaire, like Shakespeare, is very much a product of his time, of little application nowadays. While it's true that certain parts of his works- the end to Candide and several parts of The Ingenu specifically- are satisfying and interesting intellectually, much of it is bland, a vaguely-
Ils sont excellents.
Jan 28, 2014 Baran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voltaire's Candid is brilliantly lucid both in prose and reasoning. Real events, reminiscent of our slightly darker nature and concatenated one after the other in what may look like an endless stream of absurdities, are in fact a simple reminder of the true face of the human psyche, which has been a major cause of relentless suffering until it reached the fine conclusion that 'all is for the best'. It points the way towards the Absurd that rests beyond the good and evil, and perhaps forewarns us ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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M. Milner
Jul 30, 2014 M. Milner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compact collection that pairs Voltaire’s most famous work with a handful of lesser known stories, the Oxford World Classic’s edition of Candide is an interesting read but one that left me wanting a lot more.

A short tale and infamous almost right off the bat, Candide follows a the titular character through Europe, the New World and a couple places not exactly on the map, showing up philosophers and organized religion everywhere he goes. He’s a guy with a cheerful sort of naïveté, always looking
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 13, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Significant Books
Voltaire is a famous philosopher of the Enlightenment, and Candide his most famous work. It's very short, less than a hundred pages, and the edition I read filled out the book with three other novellas, Zadig, Ingenu, The White Bull and a short story Micromegas. Although Candide is the most celebrated work in the book, it wasn't necessarily my favorite--but I did find it amusing. Candide is a satiric send-up of Leibniz's theory of optimism through Candide's mentor Dr. Pangloss, who believes we l ...more
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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 na
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