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Candide by Voltaire
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Jan 02, 15

bookshelves: 2011, reading-through-history, top-100, rth-lifetime
Read from January 13 to 15, 2011

Dizzying! Voltaire moves fast. Now Candide's in El Dorado in Paraguay...three pages later he's in Venice. I have the impression Voltaire gets bored easily.

And I don't think it would hurt to read this twice: once with all the footnotes and once without. They're important; this is one of those books that references a ton of other crap, so you're better off learning about it. But they slow the story down, of course; my guess is that I spent about as much time reading footnotes as I did reading the story itself. And that's particularly damaging with this book, because (as I said) it's a breakneck story.

I started to re-read it on the spot, but that was too soon. I got bored. Maybe in a few months.

Anyway...yeah, man. I really liked this. I thought it was super awesome dope.
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message 1: by El (new)

El Sounds very Boccaccio-esque.

If I remember correctly I didn't care that much for Candide. It's been a long time though.

Alex I dig it so far, but I'm only like 20 pages in.

message 3: by Newengland (new)

Newengland Is this the Dr. Pangloss book? Classics begin to blur over time, meaning characters bump into each other and dive into each others' books on the shelves when I'm not looking....

Alex Yep, this is Pangloss. It was wicked cool, El...actually pretty tremendous.

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